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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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Eye Candy: Swap meet at the Goodguys Spring Nationals

Eye Candy: Swap meet at the Goodguys Spring Nationals

Photos by Larry Edsall I usually spend my Saturdays at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association’s twice-a-year visits to the Phoenix area walking up and down and back and forth along aisle after aisle after aisle of, well, hot rod and custom cars. But with Nicole James eager for a turn at doing the Eye […]

By March 19, 2015 Read More →
With $101.15 million in sales, Amelia auctions show strong pulse for classic car market

With $101.15 million in sales, Amelia auctions show strong pulse for classic car market

We like to say that major auctions, especially those held in close geographic and chronological proximity, provide an opportunity to take the pulse of the classic car hobby. Based on recent high-end sales in Arizona and Amelia Island, you’d have to say the body is healthy, indeed, very healthy. Consider: In January in Arizona, Bonhams, […]

By March 18, 2015 Read More →
Cave Creek building its classic car auction business

Cave Creek building its classic car auction business

Until the economy went sour a few years ago, John Bettencourt was in the construction business. Since then, instead of building new buildings, Bettencourt, his wife Jennifer and their two teenage sons have specialized in redistributing old stuff, from jewelry, clocks, coins, Western art and furniture, glassware and pottery, antiques and even automobiles through their […]

Hagerty Market Rating indicates a cooling trend

Hagerty Market Rating indicates a cooling trend

The Hagerty Market Rating for the classic car marketplace continued to grow in the past month, but only by one one-hundredth of a point in the last reporting period, which includes the run-up to the Amelia Island auctions. While Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and price-guide publisher, didn’t introduce its new rating gauge until […]

By March 17, 2015 Read More →
Cayman museum cars to cross the block at Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale

Cayman museum cars to cross the block at Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale

The biggest classic car auction news in Florida may emerge each winter from Amelia Island, but it’s not the only sale in the Sunshine State. Mecum Auctions staged its huge Kissimmee auction back in January, and Barrett-Jackson is preparing for its annual Palm Beach auction in mid-April. And Auctions America opens its 2015 calendar with […]

By March 16, 2015 Read More →
RM Sotheby’s posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction

Preliminary results from the RM Sotheby’s auction Saturday at Amelia Island show sales of $59.8 million. Ninety eight of 101 lots sold on the block, led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica cabriolet that brought $6.38 million. Figures, which were provided by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and price guide publisher, include buyer’s premium. […]

By March 15, 2015 Read More →
Reserves not met limit Gooding to $24.1 million in preliminary numbers at Amelia

Reserves not met limit Gooding to $24.1 million in preliminary numbers at Amelia

Even before the final hammer dropped on Gooding & Company’s auction Friday on Amelia Island, one of the cars that didn’t sell on the block — a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Sport — changed hands in a post-block deal, and others were expected to join it in the sold column. However, preliminary figures provided […]

By March 14, 2015 Read More →
Classics dominate as Bonhams makes its Amelia Island debut with $13.8 million sale

Classics dominate as Bonhams makes its Amelia Island debut with $13.8 million sale

The auction action at Amelia Island began Thursday with Bonhams’ debut sale, which posted $13.8 million in transactions according to Hagerty, the classic car auto insurer and value-guide publisher that monitors such major auctions. A couple of true classics led the sale, both exceeding $1.7 million (including buyer’s premium). A 1930 Cord Model L-29 Town […]

What caught my eye at Silver Auctions’ Arizona in the Spring sale

What caught my eye at Silver Auctions’ Arizona in the Spring sale

The classic car world’s attention may be focused this weekend on what’s happening on Amelia Island on Florida’s far northeastern coast, but Phoenix has its own big weekend taking place as well, what with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opening its 2015 calendar with the sixth annual Spring Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale and […]

Pick of the Week: 1975 VW Super Beetle

Pick of the Week: 1975 VW Super Beetle

You may not earn an invitation to Amelia Island or other major concours d’elegance with this Pick of the Week, but you certainly would be a hit at a Concours d’LeMons, and a real slam dunk during March Madness. The car is a 1975 Volkswagen Super Beetle complete with a sunroof and showing only 809 […]

By March 13, 2015 Read More →