Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens
Combining the best of both classic and modern worlds, this award-winning custom 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (Lot #760) will be selling with No Reserve in Las Vegas.
While many Cadillac fans believe it’s virtually impossible to improve upon the basic proportions, elegance and fine details of Cadillac’s refined 1960 Coupe de Ville, this stunning restoration and custom build (Lot #760 at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction) proves the feat is indeed possible. At its heart, the factory 390ci engine was replaced by an all-aluminum LS6, installed by 3D in Tulare and enhanced by twin turbochargers and a conservative tune yielding just under 500 usable rear-wheel horsepower, while capable of far higher output. A heavy-duty GM 4L80E electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission was supplied by Monster and drives a rebuilt factory rear axle.
The engine bay is fully fitted with bead-rolled panels, and both the firewall and wiper cowl are smoothed for a clean look, enhanced by a serpentine-belt drive from Billet Specialties. Supporting features include power steering and hydraulically boosted CCP power 4-wheel disc brakes. Riding on a fully wrapped and powder-coated factory X-frame chassis, this sleek Coupe de Ville’s stance is achieved with an AccuAir dual Endo-CVT air suspension system and “chopping block” 4-link rear setup.
The Coupe de Ville’s stunning bodywork was performed by the pros at the Lewis Millenich Body Shop, a go-to location in Hanford, California. Clearly the product of hundreds of hours’ worth of uncompromising effort, the Cadillac is finished in a Super Jet Black base by Axalta Coatings, sealed underneath six coats of clear.
Creature comforts are many, with the spacious Coupe de Ville interior fully trimmed in Saddle Tan leather upholstery, including the front bucket seats and custom center console. Comfortable cruising is assured with a Vintage Air system, power-adjustable front seats and power window lifts, and a hidden stereo system delivers the tunes with Bluetooth capability and great bass response from a pair of 10-inch subwoofers. Other choice details include Dakota Digital gauges, all-new Ron Francis wiring and all-new window felts, plus rubber body seals and gaskets and new chassis bushings and body mounts. A LoJack vehicle recovery system enhances security and delivers peace of mind.
Consistent with the rest of the vehicle, the Cadillac’s trunk compartment is fully boxed in matching Saddle Tan leather-covered panels. Only the air tanks – equipped with integral compressors and valves – are visible. A hidden Full Throttle battery powers the electrical system and is equipped with a built-in charger for easy maintenance. Crowning touches include all-new glass, tinted before installation for a totally clean, seam-free look, plus all-original trim, finished with show-quality plated and buffed chrome. Rolling stock includes 22-inch Raceline Manhattan custom wheels all around, mounting low-profile Toyo 255/30 ZR 22 tires delivering excellent grip.
In addition to being featured as an indoor display car at the world-famous Las Vegas SEMA Show in November 2018, this Coupe de Ville took Gold at Pismo Beach in 2019. While capable of delivering a fabulous cruising experience, this 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville custom has been sparingly driven, mostly for testing and local enjoyment, since it was completed, helping preserve its show-quality condition. Nonetheless, we are advised the car “…drives like a Cadillac with a rocket engine and with its size, really plants the power. Reliable and without issue, it fires right up ‒ and while it’s mainly a show car, you can get in and cruise to dinner with it.”
Combining the best of both classic and modern worlds, this Coupe de Ville is exactly our kind of car!
For up-to-date information on this vehicle, click HERE. For a look at all the vehicles headed to the 2021 Las Vegas Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.
Title: THE ULTIMATE CRUISER: An award-winning custom 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1960-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-custom-hardtop-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-las-vegas-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 28 May 2021 19:35:02 +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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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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