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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 being 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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Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale totals $11.5 million

Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale totals $11.5 million

With a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra leading the way at $1,292,500, the RM and Auctions America sale of the Sam Pack Five Star classic car collection generated more than $11.5 million at an auction staged over the weekend at Dallas. Pack, a Ford executive turned Ford (and other automotive brands) megadealer, has spent more than […]

By November 17, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson opens year-around classic car showroom and service center

Barrett-Jackson opens year-around classic car showroom and service center

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has turned its former headquarters building — itself a former Rolls-Royce dealership — into a full-service classic car dealership that opened Friday. The showroom and adjacent classic car service shop for repair, maintenance and light reconditioning is located on Scottsdale Road in the historic “Old Town” section of Scottsdale, Arizona. Barrett-Jackson was […]

By November 15, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Southwest Nationals shop tour

Eye Candy: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Southwest Nationals shop tour

Photos by Larry Edsall Larry and Marg Bohnen were enjoying their lunch Thursday when Marg spotted their friends Barry Wright and Mike Eller and invited them to join them at a big round table in the garage at Speed Sports, a hotrod and custom car shop in Gilbert, Arizona. The Bohnens live in Billings, Montana, […]

By November 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Germany’s Auctionata enters classic car marketplace

Germany’s Auctionata enters classic car marketplace

We have another new entry in the classic car auction business: Auctionata, established early in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, and primarily as an art auction house, will stage its first sale of classic cars via an online event November 28. Those cars range from a 1966 Volvo Amazon and 1968 Triumph Spitfire, each estimated to […]

By November 14, 2014 Read More →
Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

Legends: Living and otherwise, fabled and fabulous

The first time I heard the Brothers Magliozzi, I got to laughing so hard I nearly drove off the road, which would not have been a good thing since at the time I was driving at a rapid rate of speed, heading north on Interstate 75 somewhere in southern Ohio. But I somehow got myself […]

By November 13, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Eye Candy: 2014 SEMA Show

Eye Candy: 2014 SEMA Show

Photos by Larry Edsall You don’t go to the SEMA Show to see pristine classic cars, though there were at least a couple among the 1,500 vehicles on display this year in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center. But the annual trade show staged by the Specialty Equipment Market Association is where you need […]

By November 13, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Farmer knows best? Mecum’s vintage tractor sale tops $2 million

Farmer knows best? Mecum’s vintage tractor sale tops $2 million

Should your classic car collection include a vintage farm tractor? You see such vehicles offered for sale from time to time at some classic car auctions, but Mecum Auctions has an entire Gone Farmin’ division that focuses on vintage farm equipment. Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ just held its Iowa Premier sale in Davenport, Iowa, where 234 […]

By November 13, 2014 Read More →
For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

For Historic Vehicle Association, classic cars aren’t just a hobby, they’re an American heritage

Each year, somewhere between 12- and 15-million motor vehicles — cars and trucks, minivans and sedans, coupes and convertibles — are banished to American wrecking yards, and in many cases to the crusher. And those are just the intentional losses. Everyone knows the fate of the Norseman, the Ghia-built Chrysler concept that went down with […]

By November 12, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
UK’s 2015 Royal concours set for Scottish castle

UK’s 2015 Royal concours set for Scottish castle

The United Kingdom’s annual Concours of Elegance Royal will be held September 4-6, 2015, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, “with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen,” the organizers have announced. Not only does the event attract a group of the world’s most historic and significant classic vehicles, but is hosted […]

By November 11, 2014 Read More →
Houses… car collection… Ron Pratte now moving on to new building projects

Houses… car collection… Ron Pratte now moving on to new building projects

There’s a pretty good chance you were in the room or watching via live television when Ron Pratte bought Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Super Snake Cobra… or the 1949 MG TC that was the first car Shelby ever drove in a race… or the gigantic GM Futurliner… or the Pontiac Bonneville, a GM Motorama concept […]

By November 10, 2014 7 Comments Read More →