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Written by independent automotive journalist David C. Neyens

 

Combining “automobile” and “memorabilia,” automobilia represents one of the widest and most interesting of all collector realms today. A catch-all term for virtually any automobile-related item, automobilia provides an unforgettable glimpse into commercial and industrial history from the dawn of motoring to the present.

Barrett-Jackson’s upcoming Scottsdale auction, scheduled for January 22-30, 2022, promises to deliver one of the finest automobilia selections to ever cross the block. Among the many highlights are collectibles from three noted collections, including the Tom Dellamalva Collection. Other offerings include a wide variety of Coca-Cola and soda collectibles and signs, plus antique showcases, general advertising, railroad memorabilia, and brewery-related items. Western collectibles will also be well represented, including sought-after Textan Saddlery items and examples of the iconic Levi’s brand.

One of today’s hottest automobilia segments comes in the form of vintage neon porcelain signs, with two particularly fabulous early consignments including Lot 9490.4, a stunning 1940s Flying A Service sign. A single-sided porcelain sign with animated neon lettering, it measures a grand seven feet in height with a 24-foot width. Closely approaching factory-fresh condition, it is anticipated to garner bids over six figures.

Another choice example is Lot 9491, a Ford Motor Company Jubilee neon porcelain sign from the landmark 50th Anniversary celebrations of the “Blue Oval” in 1953. Measuring 10 feet tall and over five feet wide, it features a striking multi-color motif and benefits handsomely from a full restoration to as-new condition.

Lot 9470 on the Scottsdale auction docket is yet another wonderful neon porcelain, a museum-quality, single-sided Kelly Tires dealership sign from the 1930s. Featuring Kelly’s “Miss Lotta Miles” character, it is in excellent overall condition and represents one of the most collectible signs of the period. A similar example sold for $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson 2015 Scottsdale event.

Representing America’s regional oil companies is a phenomenal early-1950s Mustang Oil double-sided porcelain service station sign. Measuring 72 inches in diameter with a wonderful prancing horse logo, it features vibrant colors and presents within its original hanging ring mount. Offered as Lot 9465.2, it is sure to attract bidding as spirited as the company’s mascot.

Everyone loves Disney memorabilia, but actual Disneyland and Disneyworld theme park items are extremely scarce, due to the corporation’s vast mandatory destruction policy after they eventually outlive their usefulness. Thankfully, at least two of these items were spared and they are certain to captivate collectors of the beloved entertainment brand. Among them is Lot 9488.1, a late-1950s/early ’60s Walt Disney-Disneyland coin-operated kiddie ride. Restored to Day One condition, this extremely rare find even plays a Donald Duck recording while the ride is operated.

Another collector-grade Disney item on the Scottsdale auction docket is Lot 9488.2, a now-scarce Disneyland Mold-A-Rama Toy Factory machine. Offered in true museum quality, this mid-1960s Disneyland staple is restored to original, fully functional condition.

Ferrari lovers will appreciate Lot 9465, a highly prized and authentic Ferrari porcelain dealership sign. Retaining its original stainless steel frame and of course featuring Ferrari’s iconic prancing horse motif, it is anticipated to attract equally spirited bidding. Notwithstanding some age- and use-appropriate wear, it looks great and is offered in excellent overall condition.

Gasoline pumps are perennially collectible and come in a wide array of designs with interesting mechanisms and captivating details. Lot 9387 is an exceptionally stylish 1930s-vintage Bennett Model 150 gas pump, sporting a clock-type face and Texaco livery. Benefiting from a high-end restoration comparable to a concours-level automobile restoration, it features hand-painted graphics and beautiful pin stripe accents.

We could continue with all of the automobilia offerings at Scottsdale, but will wrap up this article with Lot 9395, a fabulous early-1930s double-sided tin “bowtie” Chevrolet dealership sign. Featuring all original milk glass letters, it showcases a sign face restored to impeccable standards. An impressive piece, it measures nine feet across and nearly three feet in height, offering the perfect accompaniment to a Chevrolet- or GM-focused automobile collection.

Consistent with Barrett-Jackson tradition, the array of automobilia and

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TIME CAPSULES: Exceptional Automobilia is Coming to Scottsdale
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/exceptional-automobilia-is-coming-to-scottsdale-2022/
Published Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:57:46 +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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