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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.

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Hagerty’s new classic car market index reads 70.22 on 100-point scale —- ‘expanding but not overheated’

Hagerty’s new classic car market index reads 70.22 on 100-point scale —- ‘expanding but not overheated’

Hagerty, classic car insurance company and price guide publisher, launched a new marketplace rating tool Monday. In an effort to make the rating easy to understand, it is based on a 100-point scale. Currently, Hagerty says, the classic car market is at 70.22, which means it is “expanding but not overheated.” In a news release, […]

By January 27, 2015 Read More →
Arizona Auction Week final tally: Records galore

Arizona Auction Week final tally: Records galore

Very interesting observation in the Hagerty newsletter’s wrap-up of Arizona Auction Week: “Looking at the numbers from a different angle, many unsold cars were bid to amounts that would have purchased them six months ago.” Think about that for a second. Prices that would have bought a car six months ago — say at Monterey […]

By January 27, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Arizona Concours d’Elegance 2015

Eye Candy: Arizona Concours d’Elegance 2015

Photos by Larry Edsall The organizing committee of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance didn’t just parade out a bunch of classic cars and generate a lot of money for Make-A-Wish Arizona. The various members put their muscle and their own money where their mouths were and pitched in to make a very unusual — and expensive […]

By January 24, 2015 Read More →
GM Futurliner No. 10 takes a place in the National Historic Vehicle Register

GM Futurliner No. 10 takes a place in the National Historic Vehicle Register

General Motors Futurliners, those big, red, bus-sized display stages riding on eight wheels, have been much in the news lately. There was the one displayed at the SEMA Show in October after its recent restoration at Kindig-it Design. There was the one Ron Pratte sold last weekend at Barrett-Jackson to raise $4 million for the […]

By January 23, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
It’s time to bridge the car guy (and gal) generation gap

It’s time to bridge the car guy (and gal) generation gap

It seemed as if everywhere I stopped last week during Arizona Auction Week, people with gray (or in some cases no) hair were freaking out about the future. Are car collectors a dying breed? Is our beloved hobby on its last legs? Will anyone want these cars we’ve spent so much time and money cherishing? Kids […]

By January 22, 2015 12 Comments Read More →
Thomas Edison’s estate is site of new concours

Thomas Edison’s estate is site of new concours

Joseph Cassini III not only ruled from the judge’s bench in the courtroom, but cars from his collection have been honored on concours d’elegance showfields from coast to coast, including best-of-show accolades in 2013 at Pebble Beach for his 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria. Now that the judge has retired from the bench, […]

By January 21, 2015 Read More →
Some things we learned during Arizona Auction Week

Some things we learned during Arizona Auction Week

Barrett-Jackson has joined the group of auction houses that can pull off the sale of a significant private car collection. And the Barrett-Jackson twist is that it held that sale as part of its annual Scottsdale auction, not as a stand-alone event in some remote location. Typically, the sale via auction of a big collection […]

By January 20, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Preliminary sales figures show Arizona auctions exceed $292 million

Preliminary sales figures show Arizona auctions exceed $292 million

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we have been bringing you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. We […]

By January 19, 2015 Read More →
Coys starts 2015 with two auctions in one day

Coys starts 2015 with two auctions in one day

British auction house Coys opened its 2015 calendar by staging two sales in the same day in two countries. Earlier this month, Coys held an auction in conjunction with the Autosport International racing car show in Birmingham, England, and another in conjunction with the Interclassics and Topmobiel show at Maastricht, the Netherlands. “It was an […]

By January 19, 2015 Read More →
Saturday Arizona auction sales exceed $93 million

Saturday Arizona auction sales exceed $93 million

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we bring you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Television’s eye was […]

By January 18, 2015 1 Comment Read More →