Written by Nicole Ellan James
LOT #664 – 1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – Selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction.
In 1953, Cadillac and General Motors celebrated their 50th anniversary with the launch of the Cadillac Eldorado. The nameplate, which means “the golden” in Spanish, came from an in-house competition to name the new car that would represent the company’s golden anniversary.
The 1950s were an exuberant expression of America’s post-war prosperity. General Motors’ limitless ambition was made visible and touchable with the Cadillac brand and its flair for Atomic Age styling.
At the top of GM’s rigid brand structuring pyramid stood Cadillac, the ultimate symbol of luxury, speed and power from the most prosperous nation in the world. And at the top of Cadillac, there was the Eldorado.
Most Americans got their first look at the Eldorado during Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential inauguration in 1953 when he rode down Pennsylvania Avenue in an Alpine White model. It was the most luxurious American production car of its era and regarded as the “standard of the world.”
Based on the Series 62, the convertible came with unique sheet metal and “bumper bullets” from GM’s 1951 Le Sabre and Buick XP 300 concept cars. The 1953 Eldorado was also the first production car with a wraparound windshield, which later appeared on all 1955 GM models.
The Eldorado evolved from a limited-edition anniversary model and into a production car that officially joined the Cadillac lineup in 1954. The slope of the door had been reduced for its first full year of production, but the vehicle retained many of the design cues that gave it a distinct “Cadillac look.”
Early production years received additional influence from the 1953 Le Mans concept car, which featured a long, flat rear deck framed at the fender line by the famous Cadillac taillight fins. The convertible top folded under a metal cover on the 1954 model to make the rear deck seem even more prolonged and flatter. And unlike the two-seater Le Mans, the Eldorado could carry five people.
It came in four colors: Alpine White, Artisan Ochre, Aztec Red and Azure Blue. The convertible top was either white or black.
Only 2,150 Eldorados were produced in 1954. This example with a stunning restoration is offered with No Reserve during the 2022 Palm Beach auction, held April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Almost every luxury option of the day was standard on the 1954 Eldorado. The seats, steering, brakes and windows were all powered. This car also retains the correct red-and-white leather upholstery that greeted occupants, as well as its proper deep pile carpet. The trunk was also restored with the correct pattern inserts and carpeting. Additionally, this Eldorado was equipped with air conditioning, a feature Cadillac offered for the first time in 1953.
The car was restored and repainted in its original Alpine White color. All of its exterior chrome and brightwork, such as its egg-crate grille and big chrome bumper bullets, were replated or polished. The black canvas power convertible top was recently serviced with new hydraulic convertible top lift cylinders, also called rams, and weatherstripping seals. To top it off, the Eldorado rolls on original chrome wire wheels with Coker Classic whitewall radial tires.
This beauty is a tribute to “the standard of the world” and is sure to please on the auction block in Palm Beach.
Title: TOP OF THE WORLD: Restored 1954 Eldorado exemplifies Cadillac’s timeless styling
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1954-cadillac-eldorado-for-sale-2022-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2022 23:25:50 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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.
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
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. 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. 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
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.
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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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.
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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