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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 be 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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What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

What were the top classic car stories of 2014?

Wow. This has been quite a year for the classic car community. Consider just a few of the events that have taken place since January 1, 2014: A post-war car won Best of Show at Pebble Beach. A sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight cars. A fire-damaged and barn-found Ferrari sold […]

By December 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s pedal car collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Like so many youngsters of the baby boom generation, I had a pedal car. My recollection is that it was modeled after a fire truck, and it was much more maroon than red in color. I remember pedaling it up and down the sidewalk on our side of Richmond Street, the […]

By December 20, 2014 Read More →
Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

Honda opens heritage museum in Ohio

It was in September of 1959 that Japan’s Honda Motor Co. started selling motorcycles in the United States. Readers of a certain age will remember the tag line, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda,” that became part of the company’s early and very successful advertising campaign. Those initial Hondas included the Dream, the […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →
Elvis’ last Cadillac showcased by British museum

Elvis’ last Cadillac showcased by British museum

Elvis Presley’s 1977 Cadillac Seville, the last car he purchased for personal use and the last of more than 200 Cadillacs he bought for himself, friends, family – even strangers – is going on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England. The King of Rock ’n’ Roll bought the car in October 1976 […]

By December 17, 2014 Read More →
Drew Alcazar on the business and pleasure of conducting classic car auctions

Drew Alcazar on the business and pleasure of conducting classic car auctions

Fifteen years ago, when Drew and Josephine Alcazar were launching their Russo and Steele auction company in Phoenix, the notion of selling a car for a million dollars or more was something he might have contemplated once or twice all year, Drew remembers. And eight-figure sales were nothing but a pipe dream. Lately, however, such […]

By December 16, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Italian auto museum marks Zagato’s 95th anniversary

Italian auto museum marks Zagato’s 95th anniversary

As part of the celebration of the 95th anniversary of carrozzeria Zagato of Italy, a special exhibition, “Zagato: Collectibles and Design since 1919” has opened at the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy, and runs through March 2015. According to a news release, the exhibition “is a special, first-time opportunity for the public to witness […]

By December 16, 2014 Read More →
Burt Reynolds’ ‘Bandit’ Trans Am goes for $450K

Burt Reynolds’ ‘Bandit’ Trans Am goes for $450K

Burt Reynolds’ own Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Am sold for $450,000 at an auction of his various personal effects, career memorabilia and fine-art collection late last week. “The Collection of Award Winning Actor Burt Reynolds” was held by Julien’s Auctions at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Overall, Reynolds’ possessions brought $2.5 […]

By December 16, 2014 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Toyota Yaris

Driven: 2015 Toyota Yaris

Excluding the Bugatti Veyron — and its $1.2-plus million price tag — as best we can figure, a French car is being sold in the United States for the first time since 1991, the year Peugeot joined Renault and Citroen in finally withdrawing its cars from the American new-car market. And what is this French […]

By December 15, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Eye Candy: Ron Pratte’s neon sign and gas-pump globe collection

Photos by Larry Edsall Earlier this month, classic car auction house Barrett-Jackson arranged for members of the automotive media to visit what ClassicCars.com associate editor Bob Golfen accurately described as Ron Pratte’s man cave. Pratte, homebuilder turned car collector — and now moving on to other things that have captured his interest — erected a […]

By December 13, 2014 Read More →
What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

What’s so special about the ’57 Chevy (part 2)

A few days ago I became sidetracked while trying to figure out why the 1957 Chevrolet has become such an iconic classic car. Actually, it’s more than an iconic classic car. It’s become an icon of American culture. However, as I wrote a few days ago, back in 1957 the Chevy was pretty much the […]

By December 11, 2014 50 Comments Read More →