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Years ago, advances in luxury cars largely revolved around ever-greater speed and ease of control. Then came the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), marketed as the cleaner way to get around and appealing to environmentally conscious drivers. However, in a world of increasingly short attentions spans, it wasn’t long before consumers started looking for the next big thing in automotives. In the second decade of the 21st century, development of artificial intelligence (AI) saw great advances in many aspects such as computer vision, object recognition and game playing. These advances in AI technology led to what is probably the next thing to look out for in the automotive industry, autonomous or self-driving vehicles.
Before dive in, some clarifications are in order. While we say that self-driving cars are going to be the next big thing in the automotive industry, we aren’t discounting the significance of fast cars or the environmental potential of EVs. The need for speed forms a primal link between man and machine, and EVs are simply the next evolution in how we power our cars.
Also, the terms autonomous and self-driving have been used interchangeably to describe two main categories of vehicles, cars made for retail and those made specifically for burgeoning autonomous delivery and ride-hailing services. For this article, we shall be referring primarily to the former.
Of late, self-driving vehicles are becoming an increasingly salient issue amongst automakers. Tesla has offered its Autopilot technology on its vehicles as a standard feature, with the option to upgrade to its “full self-driving” (FSD) system. Other makers are also getting into the game with notable examples being General Motor’s (GM) driver-assist Super Cruise system and the BMW’s Personal CoPilot. However, it should be noted that while these systems might be able to take control of the vehicle, freeing drivers’ hands in certain circumstances, they aren’t capable of fully autonomous driving yet.
According to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), there are 6 levels of driving automation, ranging from level 0 (no driving automation) to level 5 (full driving automation). Most
By: Abram Yum
Title: The Uprising of AIs and Self-Driving Cars
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/motoring/automobile/self-driving-cars-autonomous-driving-artificial-intelligence.html
Published Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 00:55:00 +0000
MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
2006 PALM BEACH – 1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY – $1.728 MILLION
Taking place in Florida since 2003, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is a notable East Coast automotive lifestyle event, featuring extraordinary sales on the auction block year after year. With its uniquely casual yet high-energy atmosphere, it draws enthusiasts and serious collectors alike to take part in The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions. This annual gathering has evolved into more than just an auction; it is a celebration of car culture amidst the luxurious backdrop of Palm Beach.
As we gear up for the April 18-20, 2024 Palm Beach Auction, we’re taking a look back at some memorable moments from previous years. From classic beauties to modern marvels, the event has showcased an impressive array of desirable collectibles. Here are just a few of the many standout sales that celebrate the legacy of Barrett-Jackson’s presence in Palm Beach.
2006 PALM BEACH – 1947 BENTLEY MARK VI COACHWORKS BY FRANAY – $1.728 MILLION
Picutred above, this 1947 Bentley is powered by a 4.5-liter inline-6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Featuring Coachworks by Franay and magnificently restored to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning standards.
2005 PALM BEACH – 1953 BUICK ROADMASTER – $1.62 MILLION
Personally customized for Howard Hughes and the last car he drove. In 100% original condition and powered by a 322/122hp V8 engine with an automatic transmission.
2022 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT CARBON SERIES – $1.54 MILLION
Chassis #40, a limited-edition Carbon Series with $55,100 in options, including the Dark Energy interior. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 242 actual miles.
2023 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION – $1,457,500
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a 216-mph top speed. Includes the Heritage Roundel Graphics package and Alcantara interior trim. 2018 PALM BEACH – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION – $770,000
One of just 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs built. One owner from new, with 1,600 actual miles. Powered by a 4.8-liter 562hp V10 engine backed by a 6-speed sequential transmission.
2016 PALM BEACH – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – $550,000
One of just 859 built in 1969; KK #1371 was the 170th unit produced. Previously awarded 504 points at a major Mustang meet in Charlotte, NC. Has a 4-speed manual transmission.
2019 PALM BEACH – 1947 BUICK SUPER 8 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – $421,500
Complete nut-and-bolt restoration with an Art Morrison chassis. Powered by a brand-new LSA-supercharged 6.2-liter GM crate engine putting out 580hp with a 4L85E automatic transmission. Has Wilwood 6-piston brakes and Vintage Air.
2017 PALM BEACH – 1961 VOLKSWAGEN 23-WINDOW DELUXE MICROBUS – $291,500
Rare, early factory walk-through bus powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine with 36hp and a 4-speed manual transmission. Detailed to a very high level and beautifully restored.
Mark your calendar for April 18-20 and consign your collector vehicle now to secure your spot in the 2024 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Start your consignment online today at Barrett-Jackson.com or call 480-421-6694 to speak with a specialist.
Title: MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:18:18 +0000
Rare Motorcycle Sold for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars
For the past 33 years, Las Vegas has become home to motorcycle’s high rollers, collectors, and enthusiasts who swarm the city for Mecum Auctions’ annual January sale. This year’s event had a reported 2,000 motorcycles up for grabs, from turn-of-the-century machines to modern-day racers. By the time the last motorcycle rolled across the stage of the four-day event, these five rose to the top for highest prices paid. Since there was a tie between fourth and fifth place, we included the sixth-place finisher as well, this 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 and its $129,250 selling price worthy of an honorable mention.
A 1928 Indian Ace, with its heralded inline-four engine, earned top honors after selling for $220,000 at the 2024 Las Vegas Mecum Auction. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)
1. 1928 Indian Ace | $220,000
Every OEM has a marquee model that exemplifies the company’s very best. While Indian Motorcycle has manufactured heralded Scouts and Chiefs, the elegant Indian Four deserves a spot among the finest machines ever produced by Hendee and Hedstrom.
This restored beauty comes from Wayne Kruty’s private collection. Kruty did a comprehensive restoration in 2014, including having the engine and transmission rebuilt by Davies Antique Motors. The 1,265cc inline four-cylinder engine has overhead inlet valves and side exhaust valves and puts out about 30 hp. This one features a leading-link fork and frame, something only found on the first-year Indian Ace models. Draped in classic red paint highlighted by crisp gold script, the motorcycle exudes power and grace.
One of the motorcycle’s strongest selling points, the beautiful inline-four, is a descendant of the 1911 Henderson. The Henderson brothers, Thomas and William, were well known for the American four-cylinder motorcycle engine they engineered. They sold their company to Schwinn bicycles, who also produced Excelsior motorcycles, in 1917. William Henderson then embarked on a new venture, founding the Ace Motor Company in 1919, which was subsequently purchased by Indian in 1927. Production was moved to Indian’s factory in Springfield, Massachusetts, where it rolled out the first 1927 Indian Ace. The next year it dropped the name Ace but continued to produce inline-four motorcycles. This Indian was the Ace in the hole at Mecum’s 2024 Las Vegas auction, winning the jackpot for highest selling motorcycle at $220,000.
With a beautiful dustbin fairing hand-fabricated by an Italian legend and an engine with a GP pedigree, this 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer is truly one of a kind. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)
2. 1957 Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix Racer | $165,000
Mondial was a boutique motorcycle manufacturer from Bologna, Italy, that specialized in squeezing the highest performance possible out of motorcycles with relatively small engines. Produced between 1948 and 1979, the brand cut its teeth in Grand Prix racing and won five world championships in its heyday. During that tenure, only approximately seven Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix racers were built by the factory. This survivor is the result of a 10-year labor of love for owner John Goldman, who lovingly restored it to its former glory.
The engine’s history adds to its provenance. The 250cc DOHC single-cylinder engine uses a shaft-and-bevel drive for its cams instead of a tower of gears driving the camshafts. For that reason, it is believed it was raced by Tarquinio Provini in 1957, giving it a GP pedigree.
Owner John Goldman smiles onstage after winning Best of Show at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. (Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions and Bryan Harley/)
The beautiful dustbin fairing adds to its allure as well. The aluminum was hand-fabricated by Giancarlo Morbidelli, the famed
By: Bryan Harley
Title: Rare Motorcycle Sold for Nearly a Quarter Million Dollars
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/rare-motorcycle-sold-for-nearly-quarter-million-dollars/
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 21:47:50 +0000
Cult classic: A Harley XR1200 street tracker from Taiwan
There must be something in the water, because this is the second Harley XR1200 street tracker that’s popped up on our radar in as many weeks. We’re not complaining though. Even though it wasn’t a big sales hit, we’re fans of Harley-Davidson’s sportiest Sportster—mainly because it was such a hoot to ride.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the Harley XR1200 didn’t stick around longer, but we have our theories. One is that the market simply wasn’t ready to accept a Harley that actually handled well. The other is that the styling was a mish-mash of too many influences.
The Motor Co. pitched the XR1200 as a flat tracker for the street—and gave it an XR750-inspired livery and upright seating position to match. But the XR’s tail section and goofy split-spoke wheels felt like 90s sportbike throwbacks. Still, it was nothing if not bold, and its awkwardness was arguably part of its charm.
This custom Harley XR1200 comes from Fever—a custom workshop based in Taoyuan City, just outside of Taipei in Taiwan. Their take on this cult classic is refreshing because it pushes the styling in one clear direction instead of trying to ride the line between multiple genres.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Cult classic: A Harley XR1200 street tracker from Taiwan
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/harley-xr1200-street-tracker
Published Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2024 21:33:13 +0000
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