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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 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 offers some more-affordable collectibles

Bonhams offers some more-affordable collectibles

You may not have been able to afford the cars offered at Bonhams’ most recent sale in northern California, but the auction house that just sold a Ferrari GTO for more than $38.1 million has another sale scheduled for this week, and the vehicles are expected to be sold for three and four figures, not […]

By August 24, 2014 Read More →
Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Scientists didn’t report any earthquakes last week on the Monterey Peninsula, but a tectonic shift took place and the aftershocks will reverberate throughout the classic car community for the foreseeable future. The obvious evidence came Sunday when those oh-so-proper, every-nut-and-bolt-must-be-factory-original judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awarded best-in-show accolades to a car built — […]

By August 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Petersen museum reveals new interior design and floor plan, additional details on 20th anniversary renovation

Petersen museum reveals new interior design and floor plan, additional details on 20th anniversary renovation

A year ago at Pebble Beach, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles announced plans for “a complete exterior transformation and a dynamic redesign of the interior,” the renovations to be done in conjunction with the facility’s 20th anniversary celebration. At the time, it also revealed architectural drawings of the new exterior facade and launched […]

High on concept cars: Atlanta museum extends ‘Dream Cars’ exhibition

High on concept cars: Atlanta museum extends ‘Dream Cars’ exhibition

The “Dream Cars” exhibition at the high Museum of Art in Atlanta has been such a success that its run is being extended by a week, through September 14. In addition, two “Hoods Up” days are being added. On the “Hoods Up” days — August 31 and September 1 — the hoods of the 1955 […]

By August 20, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Preliminary figures show $399 million in auction sales at Monterey

Preliminary figures show $399 million in auction sales at Monterey

Preliminary results show sales of $399 million at the five traditionally conducted classic car auctions this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula. However, Hagerty Insurance, which monitors the auctions and provides preliminary numbers to the media, notes, “It is important to point out that there were a handful of significant no-sale’s from Sunday at Gooding that […]

By August 18, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Wagon and woodie museum goes to auction: An Eye Candy gallery

Wagon and woodie museum goes to auction: An Eye Candy gallery

Photos by Larry Edsall Don Mitchell is the automaker you’ve likely never heard of, and after the contents of the Mitchell Car Museum are sold at auction Wednesday, you may never hear of him again. That’s a pity, because Don Mitchell is responsible for many things, including those wonderful woodies that classic car enthusiasts so […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
With a day to go, Monterey auctions already exceed 2013 sales figures

With a day to go, Monterey auctions already exceed 2013 sales figures

With a day to go and two auctions to complete, the classic car sales on the Monterey Peninsula already have exceeded 2013 figures. A year ago, total sales for all auctions were $302 million. Through Saturday evening this year, total sales are $352.4 million, according to figures compiled by Hagerty Insurance, which monitors each auction […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
Another eight-figure sale at Monterey, this time at RM; Bonhams auction totals more than $100 million

Another eight-figure sale at Monterey, this time at RM; Bonhams auction totals more than $100 million

The classic car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula enjoyed another eight-figure sale Friday with more than another two dozen seven-figure transactions as Bonhams wrapped up its auction, Mecum Auctions and Russo and Steele continued, and RM opened bidding at its venue. Bidding also is underway at the Rick Cole Auction, where the bidding, […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Motorcycle, Tiger top sales as Mecum, Russo and Steele start their Monterey auctions

Motorcycle, Tiger top sales as Mecum, Russo and Steele start their Monterey auctions

Bonhams sale of 10 Ferraris from the Maranello Rosso museum collection for $66 million certainly was the big auction news generated Thursday on the Monterey Peninsula, but Mecum Auctions and Russo and Steele also opened the bidding at their respective sales. Hagerty Insurance staffs each of the Monterey auctions and provides a daily statistical summary […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1956 Chevrolet 210 wagon with 1950 teardrop trailer

Pick of the Week: 1956 Chevrolet 210 wagon with 1950 teardrop trailer

So Bob Golfen heads off to cover Monterey Classic Car Week, which leaves me to select the Pick of the Week. While it seems to me that just about any car Bob sees on that California peninsula would make an excellent Pick of the Week, I’ve nonetheless gone through the latest additions to the ClassicCars.com […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →