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Written by independent automotive journalist Roger C. Johnson

Lot #1397 – 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX 3356 will be selling with No Reserve at our 2022 Scottsdale Auction.

 

A bone-stock, unmodified Shelby Cobra is genuine treasure, but the truth is, most Cobras led very interesting lives. They progressed from street to track to show field and back again, usually modified along the way to best suit their new environment.

The 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 featured here (Lot #1397), which will be offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 22-30, is one such car. It has a lot of stories to tell. Billed to Shelby American on December 14, 1966, CSX 3356 was originally sold by Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1967. Straight from the factory it was red with a black interior and powered by a 427 cubic-inch side-oiler V8 engine with a single 4V carburetor.

In the early 1980s it headed east to Texas, where it passed between Shelby enthusiasts in those heady early days when people were beginning to appreciate the collectibility of a 427 Cobra. CSX 3356’s trail picks up in California in the 1990s, where it received a full restoration from Mike McClusky.

It was at this point that the Cobra had all the upgrades to S/C status incorporated, a popular move for Cobra owners. The S/C, as Shelby fans know, stands for Semi-Competition. When Carroll Shelby introduced the 427 Cobra in 1965, he started with Full Competition models. Interest lagged initially, so the 427 S/C Cobra was Shelby’s attempt to goose sales by crafting Cobras that would be comfortable on both Main Street and flat-out on a road course in pursuit of a checkered flag. The S/C was an unmatched beast on the street, and buyers responded. “Semi” Competition or not, the S/C always leaned more to the competition side of the equation, maintaining most of the Competition Cobra’s racing-oriented hardware such as a 42-gallon aluminum gas tank, rear end oil cooler, quick-release brake calipers and 13-quart oil pan.

The 427 Street Cobra production ramped up for 1966 and proved the most popular of the three versions. But through the years, key S/C features such as the fiberglass scoop riveted to the hood, side pipes and 3-point roll bar have proven irresistible to Cobra buyers and restorers. It is not at all unusual to attend a Shelby meet and find Cobras with a mix of Street, S/C or Competition features incorporated, reflecting the multitude of ways these cars are enjoyed.

Although there’s no mistaking the S/C profile of CSX 3356, perhaps the most visible change on this Cobra was the switch to the gorgeous metallic blue with white stripe paint scheme. It also has the early taillights, oil cooler scoop, widened front fender flares and lipped rear fenders. The battery was relocated to the trunk, a common racing modification that improved weight distribution and isolated the battery from the heat of the engine. Even simple Cobra comforts such as door pockets were left off the no-nonsense S/C, and that purity of purpose is reflected here too.

The winning bidder will drive off in a car that will be at home on any show field, boulevard or racetrack. The only hard part will be deciding which of those venues to tackle first.

For up-to-date information on this vehicle, visit here.

To register to bid at the 2022 Scottsdale Auction – a celebration of 50 years of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions – click HERE

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TOTAL PACKAGE: A 427 Cobra With All The Right Stuff For Street Or Track
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1967-shelby-cobra-427-crossing-the-2022-scottsdale-auction-block/
Published Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:56:32 +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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