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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 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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Eye Candy: America’s Packard Museum at Citizens Motorcar Company

Eye Candy: America’s Packard Museum at Citizens Motorcar Company

Photos by Larry Edsall South Ludlow Street was “automobile row” in Dayton, Ohio. The Citizens Motorcar Company was founded in 1917 and not only served as the Packard dealership in Dayton but as the distributor of Packards to dealerships in Cincinnati and Indianapolis as well. Next door was what is believed to have been the […]

By July 25, 2015 Read More →
Bentleys highlight offerings by Barons in Britain

Bentleys highlight offerings by Barons in Britain

Now into the next chapter of its history, British auction house Barons anticipates its biggest sale ever July 28 at Sandown Park, where more than 80 vehicles will be open for bidding. Barons was established in 1998 by Laurence Sayers-Gillan, a former racer, racing team owner, singer, songwriter, jazz/rock/blues dummer and Jaguar specialist who retired […]

By July 21, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Day: 1970 Volvo P1800E

Pick of the Day: 1970 Volvo P1800E

As the story goes, one of Volvo’s co-founders, Assar Gabrielsson, visited the United States in the early 1950s and was quite taken by the new Chevrolet Corvette. When he returned to Sweden, he had a fiberglass-bodied Volvo Sport created around components from the company’s PV444 sedan, though the car was discontinued after fewer than 70 […]

Coys does nearly $9.4 million at Blenheim Palace sale

Coys does nearly $9.4 million at Blenheim Palace sale

Coys recent classic and collector car auction in conjunction with the Blenheim Palace Concours d’Elegance posted sales of nearly $9.4 million, led by a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” coupe that went for more than $1.4 million and a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe that sold for more than $1.194 million, a record for such […]

By July 20, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Retro Roll In on Collector Car Appreciation Day

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In on Collector Car Appreciation Day

Photos by Larry Edsall There were dozens, more likely hundreds of local car shows held across the country on the recent Collector Car Appreciation Day. One of them was the Retro Roll In that took place in the northern Michigan town of Gladwin. Staged by the Gladwin Business & Professional Association, hosted by Riverwalk Place, […]

By July 18, 2015 Read More →
Automobile Quarterly name, archives offered for sale

Automobile Quarterly name, archives offered for sale

If you can find someone willing to part with it, a complete set of Automobile Quarterly, the hard-cover “magazine” published from 1962 (starting with Volume 1, No. 1) into 2012 (ending with Volume 52, No. 1), will cost you around $4,000. So just imagine what the price might be to buy the magazine itself, including […]

Hagerty reports slight increase in classic car market rating

Hagerty reports slight increase in classic car market rating

After a June swoon that took the Hagerty Market Rating to its lowest point in 14 months, the tach-style chart tracking the health of the collector car marketplace rallied slightly in July. On a 100-point scale, the rating was 71.55 in June and is 71.59 this month. Hagerty’s news release cited: Private sales dropping for […]

By July 16, 2015 Read More →
100 years later, another Model T follows Edsel Ford’s cross-country adventure

100 years later, another Model T follows Edsel Ford’s cross-country adventure

In June of 1915, 21-year-old Edsel Ford and several of his buddies left Detroit in a Model T Ford, a Cadillac and a Stutz and joined thousands of other Americans in driving across the country to the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco. Starting Friday, June 17, a team from the Historic Vehicle Association will follow […]

By July 15, 2015 Read More →
Eye Candy: Simply Bikes at Britain’s National Motor Museum

Eye Candy: Simply Bikes at Britain’s National Motor Museum

Photos courtesy National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Despite drizzly weather, more than 600 motorcycles and trikes — from single-cylinder mopeds to flat-six monsters — turned out for the recent annual Simply Bikes event at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Among the vintage machines were a 1943 BMW R75 with sidecar, both in World War II […]

By July 15, 2015 Read More →
Mecum’s 1,000-item Road Art sale offers signs and much more, including a 40-foot carousel

Mecum’s 1,000-item Road Art sale offers signs and much more, including a 40-foot carousel

Mecum Auctions is known for sales with a thousand or more classic cars, but next weekend, July 17-19, its inaugural Road Art Auction will include no cars — well, there will be several pedal and toy cars — but instead it will feature more than 1,000 items including dealer signs, assorted automobilia, barber shop nostalgia, […]

By July 14, 2015 Read More →