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Barrett-Jackson auctioning 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack this week

This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is one of the models that Dallas-area collector Sam Pack is selling in Scottsdale this week.

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The gavel is already going. This week in Arizona, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack during its 49th annual Scottsdale Auction. All of the models are offered at No Reserve.

"Sam Pack has been part of the Barrett-Jackson scene for many years, so we are pleased with the opportunity to help him rotate some of his remarkable collection," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "The vehicles offered by Sam are an excellent representation of the diversity and quality that bidders have come to expect from Barrett-Jackson. Sam's collection, without a doubt, is a true celebration of our shared passion for automobiles."

1952 Jaguar XK120 This Jaguar is one of many from Sam Pack's collection that will be auctioned off this week.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Pack is a Dallas-area Ford dealer who has collected over 400 models in his lifetime. In 2014 he put more than 130 models from his collection up for sale.

Among the models Pack is bringing to auction are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160hp DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. But that's not the only Jaguar.

Lot #1390.1 is an unrestored, matching-numbers 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS that comes with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. With less than 30,000 miles, this Opalescent Silver-Gray Jaguar is powered by its original 3.8-liter DOHC straight six-cylinder engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

Lot #1077.1 is a1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160-horsepower DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

2010 KIRKHAM 427 KMS/SC COPPER ROADSTER This handbuilt Kirkham roadster is finished in copper.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Lot #1077 is a 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe powered by a 3.4-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. This red Jag is one of 1,472 left-hand-drive models, and one of 466 produced with the Special Equipment Package.

There's also a trio of hand-built Kirkham Cobras, which are crafted from polished aluminum, copper and bronze.

Lot #1389.2 is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 7000 finished in polished aluminum. This Continuation Cobra, designated as CSX7049, was built to replicate the original and is powered by a 427ci V8 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

Also headed across the block are a 1932 Ford Roadster nicknamed "Passion." Handcrafted by The Roadster Shop, the model is powered by a fuel-injected ZZ4 350ci crate engine that is paired with a TREMEC five-speed manual and onto a Ford 9-inch rear end.

1932 FORD CUSTOM ROADSTER "PASSION" This 1932 Ford Custom Roadster is nicknamed "Passion."Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

"Sam Pack has built an incredible collection featuring multiple crown jewels that are coveted among collectors," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "His 1989 Porsche 911 speedster (Lot #1390), for example, is one of only 823 delivered to this country and has just over 1,300 original miles. The depth and breadth of this collection is truly remarkable, and we're proud to have been trusted with its sale during our Scottsdale Auction."

Other models up for sale from Pack's collection include:

  • 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (Lot #808) with only 3,591 original miles
  • 2008 Porsche Cayman S Custom Coupe (Lot #807.1)
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom Convertible (Lot #1080) – Powered by a Sean Hyland-built DOHC V8 engine topped with a Kenne Bell supercharger producing 550 horsepower
  • 1932 Ford Roadster Limited Edition (Lot #1080.1) – Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the "Deuce Coupe"
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Lot #1081) – Finished in red over a white interior with a tan soft-top, this Bel Air rides on a set of wire wheels clad in whitewall tires
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Re-Creation (Lot #1079) – Built to replicate the all-conquering 1966 Ford GT40, this CAV GT re-creation is based on the MK1 GT40
  • 1940 Pontiac Custom Convertible (Lot #1078.1) – Known as "Decadence" and built by customizer Rick Dore, this Pontiac hot rod is powered by a 350ci V8 engine mated to a Jet Performance automatic transmission

Click here for a complete listing of the Sam Pack Collection.

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The Tahoe has three available powertrains.

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When I write car reviews, I don't typically say very much about the engine and drivetrain unless there's something particularly interesting or unique about it.

I believe most car buyers don't really care about things like zero to 60 mph times or how many gears a transmission has. Those are features and statistics, and they're an imperfect measurement of an automobile.

I'm a fan of the Good-Better-Best school of cars, and it looks a bit like a bell curve. There aren't any genuinely terrible new cars sold today, so at worst, you're getting something that's Good. I'll call that the bottom 20 percent of the market. Sometimes these cars have engines that really are too weak and should probably be avoided, and I'll mention that in my review.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Duramax Diesel Diesel-powered versions of the Tahoe look just like gasoline-powered Tahoes.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Then there's the class of Better, or the middle 60 percent. When I review these cars, I'll include a throwaway line about the engine or drivetrain as it's not worth mentioning in depth. They get the job done, but there's nothing to get excited about.

Then there's that top twenty percent where the magic happens. Whether it's the perfect majesty of a Rolls-Royce V12, the throaty bark of a Lamborghini V10, or even the brilliance of a Toyota Corolla Hybrid's effortless 52 miles per gallon — these are engines worth discussing.

And so it is again with my test car this week: the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe. We've already reviewed two of the Tahoe's sister vehicles, the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. Despite being from the same family, they're definitively different branches.

But under the hood of the Tahoe is an engine that is so firmly lodged in the Best category that I can't help but write hundreds of words about it. It's the 3.0-liter six-cylinder "baby" Duramax turbodiesel that was in the works at GM for more than a decade.

It gives terrific fuel economy (for a giant truck, anyway) and fantastic torque in everyday driving. I find it far preferable to the extraordinarily thirsty 6.2-liter V8 that I had in the Yukon and the Escalade and heartily recommend it to anyone buying a GM full-size SUV or half-ton pickup. That's even more impressive because the 6.2-liter V8 is already an upgrade over the smaller 5.3-liter V8 that comes standard in most Tahoe trims.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Duramax Diesel The engine is a mighty six-cylinder.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

It sports 277 horsepower, which doesn't sound like a lot, but horsepower is a poor quantifier of engine performance. Because it's a diesel and because it has a turbocharger, the baby Duramax has gobs of torque with which to pull away from stoplights or accelerate on a hill, or when you're trying to pass someone and you need to accelerate from 55 to 75 mph as quickly as possible.

The Tahoe's diesel engine excels in all these scenarios while delivering an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined in the RWD trim that I drove. That's a healthy improvement over the 16 mpg combined from the 6.2L and four-wheel drive-equipped Yukon. It's worth noting that the four-wheel drive diesel fares a little worse, getting 22 mpg combined, but that's still far better than the traditional gasoline engine.

It does all this, and it can even tow up to 8,200 pounds when properly equipped, but most people will never tow anything heavier than a small horse trailer or a boat with their full-size SUV. If you're hauling that much weight on the regular, you've likely opted for a heavy-duty pickup.

The irony of the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal is twofold. For one, some were pulling similar testing shenanigans that Volkswagen was — it's just that VW was the first to get caught. And second, those VW diesel engines were fantastic. They were torquey and excelled in everyday driving, pesky pollution aside.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Duramax Diesel Diesel Tahoes are branded with the Duramax name.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

There's a dirty secret to the horsepower numbers that most carmakers cite: they peak at very high RPMs that average drivers will never reach. But torquey turbocharged engines like this baby Duramax? It generates 95% of its 460 pound-feet of torque at just 1,250 RPM, and then peak torque runs all the way from 1,500 to 3,000 RPM. That means you're in the prime torque band nearly continuously.

In plain English, that means it's way better to drive. It's more fun, it's more efficient, and thanks to all manner of fancy technology, diesel engines aren't weird and finicky anymore.

Yes, you should probably plug it in if you park it outside in frigid weather. But other than that one minor caveat, this diesel is nonpareil.

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The Ford Explorer Timberline joins the 2021 Explorer King Ranch as a new model for 2021.

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Following in the footsteps of the Raptor and Tremor versions of Ford trucks, the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline debuts with a host of new equipment designed to make the popular SUV a more capable off-roader. Like what Subaru is doing with its Wilderness packaging, Ford will carry over the Timberland trimmings to multiple models.

"Ford is delivering on more capable SUVs with Timberline. Consumer data has shown us that now more than ever, customers want to get outside and explore nature with friends and family," said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company. "Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an ideal combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability and great manners around town."

The Explorer Timberline has a new Forged Green Metallic exterior color. It has a blackout treatment on the headlights and taillamps, as well as the Ford oval. Timberline badges feature on the C-pillars and lift gate. Red Ember tow hoods are at the front and rated at 150 percent gross vehicle weight.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

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LED fog lamps, a Carbonized Gray grille, and dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights with a 160,000-candelas output come on the vehicle.

The 2021 Explorer Timberline comes standard with four-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology that works to distribute the right amount of torque to each wheel. It also has a Torsen limited slip rear differential, which helps prevent wheel spin.

Ford's Terrain Management System is also standard, allowing drivers to select between seven drive modes depending on road conditions. The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport have a similar system. Hill Descent Control is also standard.

Steel skid plates line the front and rear underbody of the vehicle protecting the engine and transmission. Ford has given the model a 0.8-inch ride height increase and heavy-duty shocks that were originally developed for the Explorer Police Interceptor. Steering calibration, stabilizer bars and springs are specially tuned for Timberline – including an exclusive front rebound spring that helps prevent sudden jarring off-road.

The new Explorer has an approach angle of 23.5 degrees and maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees, plus minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

The rig rides on high-sidewall Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires with a tread pattern designed to balance off-road traction and on-road quietness. The shoes are wrapped around high-gloss painted aluminum wheels that feature a laser-etched Timberline logo.

Explorer Timberline is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For customers who need to tow RVs, ATVs and boats to their adventures, the standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.

The interior sports a Deep Cypress color way that is matched with an Ebony headliner, overhead console, pillar trim, grab handles, visors, and moonroof shade. The instrument panel has a Stone Mesh appliqué while other colors feature elsewhere. Satin Silver Twilight is on the center stack, steering wheel bezel and door armrest trim; Deep Cypress on door trim panel inserts; Deep Tangerine stitching on the seats, steering wheel and door trim; and Timberline logos on the front seats.

Rubber floor liners are standard and ActiveX cloth seats inserts are designed to be cleaned easily and keep bottoms in place on rough terrain.

Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 and Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology features that include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and voice-activated touch screen navigation. A 360-degree camera also comes on the model.

Buyers can choose three Outfitters packages – Outfitters SkyBox, Outfitters MegaWarrior and Outfitters FrontLoader. All three packages combine all-weather floor mats, crossbars and the selected Yakima rooftop accessories for customers to take even more equipment with them on their next adventure.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available to order now and arrives at Ford dealers this summer joining the Explorer King Ranch and new Platinum grades in the company's lineup.

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