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A trio of 2005-06 Ford GTs ready to cross the block with No Reserve at the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction.

 

Trio of Ford GT40 Mk IIs cross finish line at Le Mans 1966 – setting the stage for the Ford GTs of the future. (Photo courtesy Ford Media)

As with the original Ford GT40 of the 1960s, the 2005-06 Ford GT was the product of an immense financial investment, a lengthy yet focused design and development cycle, and methodical – more correctly relentless – testing and perfection into a more than worthy successor to the fabled Le Mans winners of 1966-69. The effort and huge expense were worth it, with the resulting Ford GT coming to market as an eagerly awaited modern classic, notwithstanding the “tech wreck” economic malaise of the early 2000s. Legions of hopeful buyers ordered the cars and snapped up Ford GT build slots with deposit checks eagerly handed over to dealers and Ford representatives. Often, the cars were purchased at significant premiums to their MSRP, all for the privilege of acquiring one of these limited-production and extremely strong performers.

The 2005-06 Ford GTs are powered by 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engines.

Designed and built to help celebrate Ford Motor Company’s landmark 2003 centennial, the Ford GT appropriately commemorated Ford’s historic 1-2-3 podium sweep in the “Ford vs Ferrari wars” at the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Successive wins at La Sarthe followed through 1969 until rule changes brought an end to the reliable V8 bruiser’s reign there. Rooted in the GT90 and GT40 concept cars shown at Detroit in 1995 and 2002 respectively, the new Ford GT program code-named “Petunia.” An unpublished major player in the project was Steve Saleen, who one month after the January 2002 Detroit Auto Show hosted Ford engineering, marketing and design teams at Saleen’s Southern California facility for a month-long session to discuss bringing the Ford GT to production reality in time for the Ford centennial, under CIA-worthy secrecy.

The design of the 2005-06 Ford GT looks sleek from any angle.

Design of the Ford GT was penned by Camilo Pardo under J. Mays at Ford’s “Living Legends” studio, with engineering and assembly performed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Direct development work, especially chassis and handling, was completed by none other than Carroll Shelby and his team. The GT’s proof was in its all-around performance capabilities, with a broad envelope including a factory-stated top end of 205 mph. One GT hit 209 mph flat out at Italy’s Nardo test circuit and, according to legend, Ferrari even acquired a Ford GT for testing and evaluation purposes through a third party to up its game.

Interior of the black 2006 Ford GT selling with No Reserve in Houston.

According to published sources, 4,033 GTs were built in total for the 2005 and 2006 model years combined – 2,022 for 2005 and 2,011 for the 2006 model year. As always, there is “more to the story,” and in the case of the 2005-06 Ford GT, much more, with these shattering performers closely tracked by marque enthusiasts from new and commanding purchase prices amounting to several multiples of their original cost today. In addition to its fascinating background story and development, the 2005-06 Ford GT also marks the end of an era at Ford, being the last automobile to leave Ford’s Wixom, Michigan, factory, initially built to produce the glamorous Continental Mark II back in 1956-57.

Barrett-Jackson is thrilled to offer three examples of the 2005-06 Ford GT at the September 16-18 Houston Auction – all from a single collector and all with No Reserve. All are low-mile, collection-worthy vehicles that will certainly take pride of place in any grouping that celebrates Ford’s world-beating “Total Performance” heritage.

 

One of 292 examples finished in iconic Mark II Black clear coat paint with a black interior, this 2006 Ford GT was completed on February 21, 2006, and factory-equipped with options that include the McIntosh AM/FM CD stereo system, lightweight forged aluminum wheels and painted racing stripes. Offered with just under 5,700 miles at the time of writing, it comes to auction with two sets of keys, books/manuals and service records. Other included items are the original Window Sticker, plus a car cover and trickle charger.

 

Offered with only 8,350 miles at time of writing, this 2006 Ford GT is especially sinister as finished, being one of just two stripe-delete cars finished in Speed Yellow paint. A later-production example, it is documented as having left the factory on June 9, 2006. A full-body

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: THREE OF A KIND: These “Petunias” Beat A Straight Every Time
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2005-ford-gt-2006-ford-gts-for-sale-no-reserve-2021-houston-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2021 19:42:46 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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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.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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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

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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

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

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
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

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 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.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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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!

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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.

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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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