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Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham

This 1960 Mercury Cougar is ready to pounce at the 2021 Houston Auction, selling with No Reserve.

 

 

Few American muscle cars were able to navigate that narrow lane between refinement and pure performance, but the Mercury Cougar was a leader in that elite group. The 1969 Cougar XR7 428SCJ shown here, offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Houston Auction, September 16-18, is the ultimate expression of that balance. The car is not only heavily optioned with comforts, but has the top powertrain option, the 428 SCJ with Ram Air induction, teamed with a close-ratio 4-speed transmission and Traction-Lok rear axle. Throw in the Medium Emerald Metallic paint, and the winning bidder will drive off in a truly singular muscle car.

The 428 Cobra Jet, introduced in 1968, was a game-changer for Ford Motor Company’s performance image. It delivered the gut-punch torque expected from big-block V8s, but was also more streetable and less expensive than the 427 V8 that had previously been Ford’s top option. It was underrated by the factory at 335 horsepower, with 440 ft/lbs of torque.

The 428 CJ was an option on all Cougars in 1969. The Ram Air induction option made the Cougar’s hood scoop functional, as well as including die-cast finned aluminum valve covers and hood-locking pins. To get the Super Cobra Jet equipment, buyers ordered the Traction-Lok differential and high-performance axle. That delivered either a 3.91 or 4.30 gear snuggled in the Traction-Lok rear end (this Cougar has the 3.91 gear). The SCJ engine was reinforced with a strengthened reciprocating assembly with beefy LeMans connecting rods, among other upgrades, to withstand the rigors of drag racing.

As you’d expect in an upscale Mercury muscle car, the Cougar carried more sound-deadener than its corporate cousin the Ford Mustang, making for a quieter commute. With its longer wheelbase and longer and wider body, the Cougar delivered a smoother ride than the Mustang as well.

The Cougar was restyled for 1969, and was both longer and wider than the 1968 models. The refreshed car had a distinctive sculpted bodyline that ran from the front of the car to the rear wheels, along with ventless side windows, wraparound backup lights and a larger 20-gallon fuel tank. Hideaway headlamps were standard on 1969 Cougars, as were sequential turn signals and a concealed gas cap.

Selecting the XR7 model added simulated burled walnut inserts on the dash, full instrumentation, a remote-control sideview racing mirror, map pockets on the backs of the front seats, courtesy lights, XR7 emblems and bright moldings. The Window Sticker for this Cougar XR7 shows it was ordered with a long list of options, including power front disc brakes, power steering, AM radio and 8-track tape player, sports console, black vinyl roof, the immersion block heater and styled steel wheels. The car rides on period correct Firestone Wide-Oval tires.

Underhood, the green cat’s R-code 428SCJ is highly detailed, with factory Ram Air components and correct markings and decals. The undercarriage is likewise detailed, with correct original red oxide finish.

For those seeking a genuinely rare and unique muscle car, it would be hard to top this Cougar. It is one of only 53 1969 Cougar XR7 hardtops built with the 428 SCJ engine and, according to the car’s Marti Report, this is the only 428 SCJ XR7 with this paint color and the 8A black Comfort Weave bucket seat interior. The winning bidder will receive substantial documentation with the car, including its original sales contract, invoice, owner’s and warranty manuals, and two Marti Reports.

For up-to-date information about this vehicle, click HERE. For a Special Preview of the vehicles headed to the 2021 Houston Auction (with more being added daily), click HERE.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TOP CAT: Power and comfort blend in this 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 428SCJ
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1969-mercury-cougar-xr7-428scj-houston-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 17:12:46 +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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