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Author Archive: Larry Edsall

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 writing for ClassicCars.com, Larry oversees automotive enthusiast website iZoom.com, writes a weekly feature for The Detroit News, writes occasional articles for the The New York Times, and teaches as an adjunct member of the faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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Simeone museum lets you, the people, pick Demo Day cars

Simeone museum lets you, the people, pick Demo Day cars

OK, we’ll admit it. The primary reason that we’re running this article is that we’re suckers for car collages such as the one above. But there is another reason we’re sharing that wonderful illustration: Each month, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia takes a few cars out of its indoor displays and exercises them […]

By November 20, 2014 Read More →
Mecum Auctions does $15 million sale in Southern California

Mecum Auctions does $15 million sale in Southern California

Southern California has been a difficult nut to crack for classic car auction companies, but Mecum Auctions’ just-concluded sale in Anaheim posted sales of $15,238,429, a record for the sale held annually since 2012. To demonstrate Anaheim’s acceptance of the Mecum sale, Anaheim Ducks pro hockey team captain Ryan Getzlaf presented Dana and Frank Mecum […]

By November 20, 2014 Read More →
Carlisle Events moving its Florida base to Lakeland next November

Carlisle Events moving its Florida base to Lakeland next November

Carlisle Events concluded its 2014 car show, swap meet and classic car auction schedule last weekend with its fifth Fall AutoFest at Festival Park in Zephyrhills, Florida. Carlisle also announced that after launching its 2015 season in February at Zephyrhills, it will move its Florida events to Lakeland, starting next November. Carlisle is based in […]

By November 20, 2014 Read More →
Jaguar Land Rover sends 16 historic vehicles to British museum

Jaguar Land Rover sends 16 historic vehicles to British museum

You may recall that earlier this year, the Special Vehicles Operations division of Jaguar Land Rover spent some $170 million to purchase the largest private classic car collection in England, the 543 vehicles owned by British cosmetic dentist James Hull. The core of that collection included 140 cars significant to Jaguar’s history. Now that Jaguar […]

By November 20, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

Driven: 2015 Kia Soul EV

I’m wondering if the people who drove electric cars a century ago were plagued by range anxiety. By the way, those people included Henry Ford’s wife, Clara, who bought a Detroit Electric because she found her husband’s cars simply too noisy. While Mrs. Ford bought a Detroit, the largest of the early electric car producers […]

By November 19, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: The story of one 1957  Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

Bookshelf: The story of one 1957 Chevrolet station wagon and the 14 people who have owned it

The Classic Car Bookshelf Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream By Earl Swift Published 2014 Publisher HarperCollins Format Hardcover Pages 356 ISBN 9780062282668 Purchase Amazon As this book’s subtitle reminds us, it has been 57 years since the ’57 Chevy rolled off General Motors assembly lines […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →
Brand-new 34-year-old hatchback brings $79K at Silverstone auction

Brand-new 34-year-old hatchback brings $79K at Silverstone auction

Ever wonder what a “brand new” 34-year-old car might be worth? Well, just such a car sold last week at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale in England, and it sold for twice its pre-auction estimate. The car was a 1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, sort of the British version of the Dodge Omni Shelby GLH […]

By November 18, 2014 Read More →
Next generation of collectors helps push auction action past $1 billion in one-year period

Next generation of collectors helps push auction action past $1 billion in one-year period

The Classic Car Bookshelf Classic Car Auction Yearbook: 2013-2014 By Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi Published 2014 Publisher Historica Selecta Format Hardcover Pages 392 ISBN 9788896232064 Purchase Amazon In the past year — and for the first time — the sale of classic cars at major auctions around the world exceeded $1 billion — yes, […]

By November 17, 2014 Read More →
Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale totals $11.5 million

Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale totals $11.5 million

With a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra leading the way at $1,292,500, the RM and Auctions America sale of the Sam Pack Five Star classic car collection generated more than $11.5 million at an auction staged over the weekend at Dallas. Pack, a Ford executive turned Ford (and other automotive brands) megadealer, has spent more than […]

By November 17, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson opens year-around classic car showroom and service center

Barrett-Jackson opens year-around classic car showroom and service center

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has turned its former headquarters building — itself a former Rolls-Royce dealership — into a full-service classic car dealership that opened Friday. The showroom and adjacent classic car service shop for repair, maintenance and light reconditioning is located on Scottsdale Road in the historic “Old Town” section of Scottsdale, Arizona. Barrett-Jackson was […]

By November 15, 2014 Read More →