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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.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
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

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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000

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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000

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