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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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Bonhams Big 10: Nine other historic Ferraris join the GTO for sale at The Quail

Bonhams Big 10: Nine other historic Ferraris join the GTO for sale at The Quail

Early this month, Bonhams announced that it would offer — and at no reserve — a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at its classic car auction in August at The Quail Lodge on the Monterey Peninsula. At that time, it also said the GTO would be joined by nine other historic Ferraris going to that sale […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →
RM makes it the Motor City auction for event’s 20th anniversary

RM makes it the Motor City auction for event’s 20th anniversary

RM, the classic car auction and vehicle restoration company, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. In many ways, the company has come a very long way since Rob Myers started restoring cars in a wooden, single-car garage, staging major auctions of marketplace significance in North America and Europe. But while traveling far and wide, […]

By July 23, 2014 Read More →
Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Teenage angst: Learning to shift for yourself, and perhaps to gain an appreciation for classic cars

Back when I was learning to drive, and perhaps it was the same for you if you are of a certain age, I had no choice but to learn on a car with a manual transmission. We’d become a two-car family a couple of years before I started driving. With my little brother well into […]

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

Photos by Larry Edsall The man in the sport coat was standing close enough to the car to protect it but far enough away so as not to be part of the photos I was taking. “Do you know what it is?” he asked. I admitted I had no idea. “It’s a Ford,” he said. […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Supermodel and the Brillo Box by Don Thompson Published 2014 Publisher Palgrave Macmillan & Co. Format Hardcover Pages 282 ISBN 9781137279088 Purchase Amazon ‘Most consignments from individuals reach the auction room through the four D’s: Death, Divorce, Debt, and Discretion. The fourth refers to a change in collecting focus — […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

Imagine spending 20 years on a vehicle’s restoration and then, just a few days after its completion, you pack up your baby and entrust it to a shipping company, all in expectation of a reunion 4,279 miles away. Pavel Kasik was willing to accept that scenario because the reunion will take place on the 18th […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams’ sale at Mercedes museum totals more than $16 million

Bonhams’ sale at Mercedes museum totals more than $16 million

With nearly 50 vehicles selling for more than $16 million, the inaugural Bonhams auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum goes down as a rousing success. “Today’s sale demonstrated the fantastic diversity and engineering excellence available from the Mercedes-Benz classic motor car range,” said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams co-chairman. “We’re delighted to have placed a marker in the […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
Military vehicles bring more than $10 million at Auctions America’s Littlefield Collection sale

Military vehicles bring more than $10 million at Auctions America’s Littlefield Collection sale

Even though special permits will be required to transport several of the lots away from the auction venue, very competitive bidding from an international group of collectors marked the Littlefield Military Collection auction staged by RM’s Auction America division. Some 98 percent of lots sold for a total of $10.24 million. The top-dollar sale of […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
Detroit’s concours promises to rev up its show field

Detroit’s concours promises to rev up its show field

If you want stodgy, you might want to steer clear of the Concours d’Elegance of America later this month. Oh, sure, the 300-vehicle showcase will include the usual array of American and European classics. And, yes, there will be an entire class of Model J Duesenbergs. This being Detroit’s own concours, there also will be […]

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Photos by Larry Edsall When he was 18 years old, Jim Legeret’s mother bought him a used but little-driven 1956 Plymouth Fury. But this was not any sort of ordinary Fury. This was one of the Fury Special 8 models, one of the white with gold trim factory sport coupe hot-rods just like the one […]

By July 15, 2014 Read More →