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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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Multiple Choice: ’47 Caddy or ’48 Lincoln?

Multiple Choice: ’47 Caddy or ’48 Lincoln?

Silver Auctions’ March sale at Fountain Hills, Ariz., included 191 vehicles. Among them were a couple of post-war American luxury cars. Given your choice, would you bid on the 1947 Cadillac Club Coupe (blue car) or 1948 Lincoln Continental (red car)? Which would you want in your garage? Tell us why via the “Share your […]

Eye Candy: Silver’s Spring in Arizona auction

Eye Candy: Silver’s Spring in Arizona auction

          Photos by Larry Edsall Silver Auctions’ Spring in Arizona sale sent some 180 cars across the block. More than 100 of them were hammered sold, generating $1.475 million (including sales commissions). Do the math and that figures out to an average transaction price of $14,469. The most expensive purchase at […]

By March 22, 2014 Read More →
Mercedes-Benz celebrates centennial of first 1-2-3 Grand Prix finish

Mercedes-Benz celebrates centennial of first 1-2-3 Grand Prix finish

The theme for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, England’s annual celebration of historic racing cars and the people who drove them, is “Addicted to Winning — The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport.”  At press preview of the festival was held recently in London and featured a display of racing cars from Mercedes-Benz, which this […]

By March 21, 2014 Read More →
Mercedes showcases 120 years of history in racing

Mercedes showcases 120 years of history in racing

Editor’s note: As part of the centennial of its historic 1-2-3 sweep of the 1914 French Grand Prix, Mercedes-Benz has provided the following summary of its 120-year history in auto racing competition and the accompanying photos: From history’s first automobile race in 1894 to its various contemporary involvements in motor sports, victories by the racing […]

By March 21, 2014 Read More →
10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history

10 major moments in Mercedes-Benz early racing history

The following are 10 major moments in the early history of Mercedes-Benz’ involvement in motorsports:   Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz

By March 21, 2014 Read More →
Frank Hagerty shared his passion for old cars and wooden boats

Frank Hagerty shared his passion for old cars and wooden boats

While many people saw old wooden boats as nothing more than “floating pieces of firewood filled with gas,” Frank Hagerty saw them for their historic beauty and value. That vision led Hagerty and his wife, Louise, to start their own insurance company to help owners of wooden boats protect and preserve such craft. When Hagerty […]

Back-to-original restoration boosts Cobra’s price by nearly $300,000 at Auctions America sale

Back-to-original restoration boosts Cobra’s price by nearly $300,000 at Auctions America sale

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2014 at a glance Total sales $21 million Catalog 647 automobiles Sell-through 76 percent High sale $825,000 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Next 9 price range $211,200 to $605,000 Next auction May 8-10 at Auburn, Ind. Auctions America’s 12th annual Fort Lauderdale auction produced more than $21 million in sales and a […]

By March 19, 2014 Read More →
The Persuaders! Aston Martin headed for auction

The Persuaders! Aston Martin headed for auction

Before he was “Bond, James Bond” in seven of 007 movies, Roger Moore was Sir Brett Sinclair, who along with Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde starred in television series, The Persuaders! Well, actually, Moore and Curtis co-starred with their cars — Wilde driving a Ferrari Dino 248 GT and Sinclair a Bahama Yellow Aston Marti […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →
Barn-found Jaguars going to ‘Restoration’ auction

Barn-found Jaguars going to ‘Restoration’ auction

A pair of 1958 Jaguar XK150s — one a drop-head coupe, the other a fixed-head coupe, are among the featured vehicles for the inaugural Restoration Show Sale to be held April 12 by Silverstone Auctions at the NEC in Birmingham, England. “It’s thrilling to be able to offer such exiting cars at this brand new […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →
Coys keeping two auction-record prices secret until TV show this summer

Coys keeping two auction-record prices secret until TV show this summer

Coys’ Spring Classics auction, which featured six cars from the upcoming British television series Cars, claimed three record prices, including $296,000 for a 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS. The other two record prices were for a 1981 Delorean DMC-12 and a 1950 Series I Land Rover 80, but because both are part of the new television […]

By March 18, 2014 Read More →