Nissan Fairlady Z 432

The Nissan Fairlady Z 432 is a car that looks immediately familiar – until the hood is opened and you see a first generation Nissan Skyline GT-R engine fitted in place of the original power unit. This isn’t an engine-swapped special put together by an enthusiastic backyard mechanic – it was a production car built…

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1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The Nissan Skyline GT-R first appeared in 1969, however the GT-R as we currently know it made its first appearance 20 years later in 1989. This was the first Skyline with the magic combination of 6 cylinders, two turbos, and all-wheel drive. Known as the R32, the 3rd generation Skyline was a dominant force wherever…

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An All-New Bimota HB1

The Bimota HB1 was the first bike to ever wear the now-legendary Bimota badge on its tank, and it came about by accident. And I mean that literally. Massimo Tamburini crashed his Honda CB750 in September 1972 at the Misano racetrack – the accident left him with three broken ribs and plenty of time to…

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1970 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser is one of the major players from the world of civilian 4x4s that began mass production after WWII – a time when the original Jeep had introduced 4x4s to millions of young men around the world. The first J40 series Toyotas began rolling off the production line in 1960, they were…

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1984 Honda ATC70

The 3-wheeled ATC models by Honda started production in 1970, they founded the market for off-road trikes and a number of other manufacturers followed – though none saw the same success. The initial model was the ATC90, called the US90 until Honda secured the “ATC” trademark, and it stood for “all-terrain cycle”. In 1973 the ATC70…

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Gasoline Motor Co. Yamaha SR400 Scrambler

The Yamaha SR400 (and its sibling the SR500) are amongst the most reliable, and generally bulletproof motorcycles in existence. This is largely because the engine started life in the Yamaha XT500, an enduro-adventure motorcycle built to compete in the world’s toughest adventure races. It succeeded in its mission, winning both the Paris-Abidjan-Nice and the Paris-Dakar…

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Lab Motorcycle Yamaha XJR 1200

The Yamaha XJR 1200 was released in 1995 as a large displacement muscle bike with a comfortable upright riding position, and an almost obscenely wide torque band. Yamaha spent significant time making sure that the XJR 1200, and the XJR 1300 that followed, had sport bike handling characteristics but were tame enough for people to…

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ACP Customs Suzuki Katana

When the Suzuki Katana was introduced in late 1980, it was billed as the fastest production motorcycle in the world thanks to its 1100cc inline-4 – an engine borrowed from the mighty Suzuki GS1100. Interestingly, the Katana started life in Germany, Suzuki Deutschland requested a motorcycle that would appeal directly to their local market –…

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1973 Seeley-Kawasaki H2A

The motorcycle frames developed by Colin Seeley in the 1960s and onwards were so revolutionary that they had an enduring global impact on motorcycle engineering – an impact that continues to the current day. Colin grew up in a motorcycle family, his father owned a Vincent Rapide and they would both travel to the nearby…

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Honda CB550F Super Sport

Honda introduced its CB550 series in 1974 as mid-sized alternative to the Honda CB750 – the bike for which the moniker “superbike” was invented. Being the little brother to one of the most famous bikes of its generation has never been easy for the CB550, or the CB500 before it – and even today the…

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