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Mark your calendars because on June 18, Classic Car Auctions Summer Sale which will be held at the Warwickshire Event Center will be offering a wonderful early production Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite.

The Austin Healey Sprite is a car that is simply bursting with character. Its design gave it that cheeky little face, with a seemingly grinning grille and the perched headlamps that gave the car its Frogeye moniker. During the design phase, the headlamps were meant to fold back to create a smooth design, but due to cost restrictions, BMC decided to drop the folding headlamps idea.

Leonard Lord and Donald Healey worked together to create the Austin-Healey Sprite. Based on the Austin parts, Donald Healey created the Healey 100 but it was a bit on the expensive side. At the same time, Leonard Lord was interested in creating a car that he can export to the United States. The two met, and they and they agreed to bring their ideas together. That was when the Austin-Healey 100 was born. They also conceived of a cheaper version which turned out to be the Austin-Healey Sprite.

The example on offer has been in long term ownership, as it has been with the current consigner for the last 17 years. In 2015, the example was given a sympathetic refurbishment which lasted for more than three years, and it concentrated on originality.

On March 31, 1958, production of the Austin-Healey started. The Heritage Certificate shows that the example was produced on April 21 of the same year, and was subsequently delivered to a dealer in Brighton, Dreadnought Garage Ltd., on May 8. This simply means that it is one of the very early units produced, most likely one of the first few hundred that was made.

It is a UK supplied right-hand drive example and it has impressively kept many of its original features like the flat chassis legs, rear chassis gussets, twinseat rails, and unshrouded radiator. It is presented with a Cherry Red finish, which is the same color that was specified when new. Other options that were fitted in the car include an MPH speedometer, toughened screen, heater, rev counter, front bumpers, and windscreen washers.

This Frogeye has also kept its original bodyshell which shows the John Thompson 485 stamping number as well as its BAE numbers which can be seen on the door pillar. The original double seat rails on each side has been kept, as well as the original screen and early bonnet.

The original engine of the example has been rebored and ground and has been given a ribbed case gearbox. The original smooth case of the car will come with the sale.

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CCA Sales Manager Gary Dunne shared, “This is a wonderful little car that has had lots of love and attention. The refurbishment has been very well done with the emphasis on keeping its originality which shows when looking over the car.”

“I think you could be hard-pressed to find a better early model than this, making it a great opportunity to get into classic car ownership.”

“These cars have such a character, you can have a lot of fun and what’s more they are one of the cheapest classic cars to run and maintain. Offered at between £20,000 to £25,000 it looks to be great opportunity.”

Those who are interested to consign their vehicles will need to pay the entry fee of £150. Early entries, which are the first fifty cars submitted, will be given a half-price entry fee. Those who wish to procure the services of a professional photographer to be able to further market and promote their car, it will be a £300 which already includes the entry fee.

Closing date of consignment is on May 27.

The Classic Car Auction Summer sale is scheduled on June 18, Saturday. Viewing of the vehicles consigned are on Thursday and Friday. Guests need not worry as there are a lot of parking spaces at the Warwickshire Event Center, and it is also very easily accessible from the M40 and M42.

The premium for buying or selling is at 12.5% and 5% respectively, plus VAT.

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By: Reggie
Title: Very Early Production Of Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite At Classic Car Auctions
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/very-early-production-of-austin-healey-frogeye-sprite-at-classic-car-auctions/
Published Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2022 19:27:39 +0000

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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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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
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Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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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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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