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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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High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

High bids fall short but RM Sotheby’s still does nearly $30 million at Villa Erba

With 33 of 38 vehicles selling — among the no-sales the highest bid of the auction — RM Sotheby’s annual Villa Erba sale, held in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, generated more than $29.9 million in two-and-a-half hours Saturday on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como. As expected, Ferraris dominated the sale with […]

By May 24, 2015 Read More →
I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

I hope they left my singing on the cutting room floor

Editor’s note: The National Geographic Channel’s two-hour special, Driving America, debuts on Memorial Day at 9 p.m. (EDT and PDT). It was more than a year ago that Matt Bennett called to discuss his latest wonderful yet wacky idea. He wanted to put me on television. Me, the guy with a great face for radio. […]

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old classic car enthusiast, dies during California auto rally

At dinner Friday evening, Margaret Dunning said that her bucket list was complete. The 104-year-old matriarch of the classic car community was in California to participate in the ELK Charity Challenge, a week-long driving event to raise money — tens of thousands of dollars — for three children’s charities, and earlier in the day she […]

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

Driven: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

More than a dozen times — on the hood, tailgate, steering wheel, on all four wheels, on both exterior mirrors, in the cloth covering the four primary seats, even on the sub-floor beneath the cargo area — FCA reminds you that this vehicle is, indeed, a Jeep. But wait, there’s more: You know the Jeep […]

Hagerty Market Rating reaches a new peak

Hagerty Market Rating reaches a new peak

The Hagerty Market Rating for May reported a record high of 72.05 on a 100-point scale. The algorithms used to determine the current health of the classic car marketplace point to the nicely increasing prices for what are considered “more affordably priced” cars and to an increase in private sales activity. In the past month, […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →
Glenn Pray’s barn-found ’37 Cord going to auction

Glenn Pray’s barn-found ’37 Cord going to auction

To help fund his purchase of the remains of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company in 1960, Glenn Pray, an Oklahoma high school industrial arts teacher and auto enthusiast, sold his 1937 Cord Phaeton Model 812. The buyer was Jim Leake. Pray had purchased the Cord in 1953, had restored it and used it as his […]

Market report: Pickups really picking up in value

Market report: Pickups really picking up in value

‘There was a time when trucks were only used by collectors to tow a car to the show, but now they are seriously collectible in their own right,” McKeel Hagerty is quoted in a news release from the classic car insurance and vehicle price-guide publisher that bears his family’s name. Hagerty’s quote was part of […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →
Round-the-world challenge showcases a century of automotive technology

Round-the-world challenge showcases a century of automotive technology

In 1915, the British military needed help. The Great War had broken out and the engines that powered British tanks produced so much smoke that enemy troops could see them from quite a distance. The military turned to Harry Ricardo for a solution. In 1915, the British military needed help. The Great War had broken […]

By May 15, 2015 Read More →
Artcurial adds Bugatti in the barn to les Champs sale

Artcurial adds Bugatti in the barn to les Champs sale

As usual, the French have a word for it. In this case, you might call it an encore, the addition of a barn-found Bugatti Brescia to the docket for Artcurial Motorcars eighth Automobiles sur les Champs auction to be held June 22 in Paris. Artcurial stunned the classic car world last year with the discovery […]

By May 13, 2015 Read More →
Early Aston Martin luxury four-seater offered at Silverstone sale

Early Aston Martin luxury four-seater offered at Silverstone sale

A 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 2L Long-Chassis Tourer, an example of the company’s original luxury-class four-seat touring car, will be offered for sale May 23 at the May Sale by Silverstone Auctions. The auction will be held at the Silverstone racing circuit in England. Aston Martin was known for its sports cars and racing success, […]

By May 13, 2015 Read More →