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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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Future classic: Toyota FJ40

Future classic: Toyota FJ40

When we decided to launch a weekly series entitled “Future Classics,” one of the first vehicles on our list was the Toyota FJ40. However, while wandering through the tents, buildings and parking lots of vehicles being offered up for bids during Arizona Auction Week, we wondered if the FJ might not be a future classic […]

By February 3, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Eye candy: Steering wheels

Eye candy: Steering wheels

Photos by Larry Edsall The first motorcars were steered by means of a tiller, just like motorboats. The driver held the end of a bar that, through a series of joints and gears, was attached to the front wheel — remember, the first car was a three-wheeler — and later to the front wheels, which  […]

By February 1, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

What do we do when we erase patina, when we cover over the historic evidence of the object’s travel through time to the present day? What do we do when we eliminate the very finger prints of the past by restoring cars to “original,” or “improving” them to make them better drivers or more successful […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Mercedes underscores ‘value retention’ of sports cars it introduced 60 years ago

Mercedes underscores ‘value retention’ of sports cars it introduced 60 years ago

Automakers spend millions of dollars on commercials that proclaim the joys of driving their newest vehicles. But one of them has gone out of its way to draw attention to a pair of cars it introduced 60 years ago, cars it now proclaims as the “value retention” champions. The cars are the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird ‘flies’ again

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird ‘flies’ again

The famed “Blue Bird” Sunbeam that Sir Malcolm Campbell drove to several land speed records returned to life Wednesday at the National Motor Museum in England. The car was the brainchild of Sunbeam chief engineer and racing team manager Louis Coatalen and was constructed at the company’s works in Wolverhampton in 1919 and early 1920. […]

By January 30, 2014 Read More →
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 →