The 2021 Monterey Car Week may be over, but we here at SportsCarDigest are just getting started in our review of the week. We’ve already highlighted all four exciting days of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion that took place at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. We’ve celebrated with you as a beautiful Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier in immaculate shape won the venerable Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And, just recently, we revealed the most expensive car sold at the Pebble Beach Auction, a 1995 McLaren F1 with under 400 miles on the clock, with every optional extra added in.
However, there were far more cars at the auction than just that gorgeous McLaren. In fact, since the 2020 event was canceled due to the global pandemic, there were more cars at auction over the Monterey Car Week than ever before, with nearly 300 lots to get through. This resulted in a massive $345 million USD crossing the block in two days, a full 35.3% more than the previous show, the 2019 Pebble Beach Auction.
The auction also showed that despite a year and a half of uncertainty in car collecting circles, there is still an appetite for classic cars. There may even be more of an appetite now since those wealthy enough for the best of the best classics haven’t had an opportunity to bid for a while.
If anything, the auction showed that the fears of classic car auctions disappearing was unfounded, and they are going as strong as ever. With that in mind, let us explore the top 10 cars from the 2021 Monterey Car Week Pebble Beach Auction!
#1 1995 McLaren F1: $20.5 Million USD
As already covered in our story yesterday, a 1995 McLaren F1, with owner representation by Gooding & Company, crossed the block and shattered its expected sale price of $15 Million USD. Due to the low mileage, excellent service records, and a full catalog of the optional extras one could add when purchasing a McLaren F1 new, it sold at an astounding price of $20,495,000 USD, making it the most expensive McLaren F1 road car ever sold, as well as the tenth most expensive car ever sold at auction in the world. See the full article for more details.
#2 1959 Ferrari 250 California LWB Competizione Spyder: $10.8 Million USD
Well known for their collectibility, the Ferrari 250 cars are some of the most sought-after to add to one’s private collection. This was proven once again when a 1959 Ferrari 250 California, of the rarer Long Wheel Base configuration and the extremely rare Competizione upgrade to make it into a race-capable car, crossed the block with the gavel sounding at $10,840,000 USD. There are only 50 of the 250 California LWB’s in existence, and of those, only 9 of them ever received the Competizione upgrade. The upgrade was pricey, but it did add a racing gearbox, lighter weight aluminum body panels, 3 Weber 40DCL6 carburetors for competition, and the Tipo 168 V12 bumped to 270 HP. The car sold at Pebble Beach was Chassis 1235GT with a numbers-matching engine 1235GT.
#3 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Coupe: $9.5 Million USD
By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Top 10 Cars From The 2021 Monterey Car Week Pebble Beach Auction
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-top-10-cars-from-the-2021-monterey-car-week-pebble-beach-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 23:51:26 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.
Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.
The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.
This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000
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The Swan Song of the V12
The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.
Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.
Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.
The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.
The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.
The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.
It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.
Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.
Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.
By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000
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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.
Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.
I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000
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