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This gorgeous 1946 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet is set to go on auction on September 8 by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. It is reportedly estimated to fetch between £250,000 to £300,000.

Believed to be only one of two ever made, this Grande Routiere would be a proud addition to any classic car collection. Its sister car, chassis 800320, was offered for sale with a guide price of US$450,000 to US$650,000 in 2017.

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The one about to go on auction, however, was beefed up with a more powerful Type 12S 103 engine at some point in its life. According to H&H Classics, it’s rumoured to have been installed by the factory. The engine features three inlets and six exhaust ports plus triple Solex carburettors. This configuration is said to allow the Type 135M to “keep up with modern traffic”. This car is also fitted with Cotal’s unique electromagnetic four-speed gearbox, which is designed for a comfortable yet engaging driving experience.

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Since Delahaye lacked its own coachbuilding facilities, the company entrusted this part of the process to a laundry list of top French ateliers. This led to some of the most flamboyant bodywork seen at the time. The 1946 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet above, however, had coachwork done by Swiss coachbuilder Graber. Conscious of the masterpieces created by their French counterparts, Graber decided to go with a more elegant design instead. That’s why this model features more complex panel curvature than flashy chrome accents.

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The car was supplied new to Lucerne, Switzerland before migrating to Bern in 1956. Two years later, it was moved to Thun, where it would remain under single ownership until 1998. Over the years it received high-quality restoration work, including bodywork refurbishment, an interior re-trim as well as a new hood. Under current ownership, it received further cosmetic enhancements and was even invited to attend the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2017.

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History of the Delahaye Type 135

The Type 135, arguably Delahaye’s most popular model, was first launched at the 1935 Paris Salon. It has seen numerous iterations over the years, including the Type 135M above. When the Type 135 first arrived, it was noticeably stiffer and lower-slung than its predecessors, and its chassis featured box-section side rails.

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Its suspension system was also unique, featuring an independent front suspension with a lower transverse leaf spring and upper wishbones connected to longitudinal torque arms. The live rear axle, on the other hand, was supported by semi-elliptic leaf springs mounted outside the main chassis rails.

The Type 135’s obvious competition potential has seen various accolades over the years. It was a successful racing car in the 1930s, with outright wins at the Coupe d’Automne, Mont Ventoux hillclimb (1936), Donington 12-hours (1937) and Le Mans 24-hours (1938). Furthermore, in 1939, esteemed racing driver and whisky heir Rob Walker’s Type 135S outran Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 and Talbot T150SS competition to claim the title of ‘Britain’s Fastest Road Car’ at the Whit Monday Brooklands meeting.

Learn more about the 1946 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolethere.

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By: Terence Ruis
Title: Under The Hammer: 1946 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/motoring/automobile/under-the-hammer-1946-delahaye-type-135m-cabriolet.html
Published Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 08:20:00 +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

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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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Title: The Swan Song of the V12
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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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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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