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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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Beetlemania: It began 65 years ago

Beetlemania: It began 65 years ago

February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The ensuing British invasion certainly had an impact on American youth culture. But it was the arrival of another type of Beetle that not only arrived first, but that had a larger impact, perhaps not on American youth culture […]

By January 30, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Even with its Arizona sales down, Gooding & Company sees strength in classic car marketplace

Even with its Arizona sales down, Gooding & Company sees strength in classic car marketplace

Gooding & Co. Arizona 2014 at a glance Total sales $49.46 million Catalog 117 automobiles Sell-through rate 94 percent High sale $6.16 million 1958 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet Next 9 price range $1.53 million to $5.28 million Next auction March 7 at Amelia Island, FL What everyone seemed to be talking about during Arizona Auction […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Ayrton Senna’s personal NSX headed to auction

Ayrton Senna’s personal NSX headed to auction

Do more modern racing heroes lend the same provenance to cars as did the sport’s pioneer drivers? We may get an indication in late February when a 1992 Honda NSX formerly owned by three-time World Driving Champion Ayrton Senna goes to auction in England. The car was purchased new for Senna by his manager Antonio […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Memorabilia sale does $276,300 for Auctions America

Memorabilia sale does $276,300 for Auctions America

Auctions America’s first online memorabilia sale did $276,300 in business with bidders from 45 states and 10 countries. Not only was the sales total pleasing to the auction house, but so was the fact that nearly 80 percent of the bidders were new customers. The sale included more than 800 lots, around half of them […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams proves less is more, sometimes much more

Bonhams proves less is more, sometimes much more

Bonhams Arizona 2014 at a glance Total sales $23.5 million Catalog 100 automobiles Sell-through rate 85 percent High sale $3.19 million 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe Next 9 price range $467,500 to $3.08 million Next auction February 6 in Paris, France No doubt, you’ve heard about how “less is more.” Well, Bonhams’ third annual Arizona […]

By January 28, 2014 Read More →
Blackhawk museum again welcomes enthusiasts and their cars with coffee — and more

Blackhawk museum again welcomes enthusiasts and their cars with coffee — and more

Turns out the famed Blackhawk Automotive Museum in northern California is interested in more than just its own collection of some of the world’s finest collectible vehicles. With the start of the new year, the museum began hosting a Cars & Coffee gathering for auto enthusiasts and their cars on the first Sunday of each […]

By January 28, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
RM’s 15th Arizona auction sets records

RM’s 15th Arizona auction sets records

RM Arizona 2014 at a glance Total sales $45.56 million Catalog 125 automobiles 1 motorcycle 1 boat Sell-through rate 85 percent High sale $8.8 million 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Next 9 price range $1.045 million to $2.75 million Next auction February 5 in Paris, France Forget the adage about the third time […]

By January 27, 2014 Read More →
Eye candy: Patina at the Arizona auctions

Eye candy: Patina at the Arizona auctions

Photos by Larry Edsall Usually, the cars offered for sale at auctions are polished to if not beyond perfection. But sometimes they are presented while showing varying amounts of patina. Perhaps they are barn finds only recently discovered under years of dust and droppings. Or perhaps an owner wasn’t just too busy or too lazy […]

By January 25, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Far fewer than 7 figures: What you could buy for lowest, average, median prices at the Arizona auctions

Far fewer than 7 figures: What you could buy for lowest, average, median prices at the Arizona auctions

Overlooked amid the excitement about cars selling for millions of dollars at the recent Arizona classic car auctions was the news that you could buy cars at those same sales not for six or even five figures but for as little as $1,100, which is what it cost someone to buy a 1981 cadillac Seville […]

By January 24, 2014 Read More →
Evernham explores U.S. car culture on new TV series

Evernham explores U.S. car culture on new TV series

Corky Coker isn’t the only classic car personality who wants to take us for a ride. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, three-time NASCAR championship crew chief-turned-classic car restoration specialist Ray Evernham launches his new cable television show, AmericCarna. While Coker searches backroads for old cars, Evernham takes a road trip through American car history and car […]

By January 24, 2014 Read More →