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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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‘Fearsome Four-Nine’ Ferrari brings awesome $18.3 million at Bonhams Goodwood sale

‘Fearsome Four-Nine’ Ferrari brings awesome $18.3 million at Bonhams Goodwood sale

Goodwood has its Festival of Speed. Bonhams has its Festival of Bidding. And the bidding was intense Friday as bidders escalated the numbers until the “Fearsome Four-Nine,” a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus, sold for a very significant $18.2 million (including buyer’s premium). That car accounted for nearly half of the sale’s total of $38.4 million. The […]

Corvette museum may put two damaged cars back into the sinkhole for display

Corvette museum may put two damaged cars back into the sinkhole for display

After considering three options, the board of directors of the National Corvette Museum decided Wednesday to keep open for viewing a small portion of the sinkhole that swallowed eight cars in the Skydome in February. The other options were to fill the hole and replace the entire floor to return the Skydome to its pre-hole […]

By June 26, 2014 Read More →
Ever heard of a charabanc?

Ever heard of a charabanc?

We tend to think we know a lot about classic and historic vehicles around here, but we had to look this one up. What we found was that charabanc comes from the French phrase for carriage with wooden benches. But while the French may have invented such a thing, it was in England where they […]

By June 25, 2014 Read More →
Cole’s Monterey auction adds another historic Ferrari

Cole’s Monterey auction adds another historic Ferrari

How’s this for provenance? A Ferrari first raced by Carroll Shelby is being offered at auction for the first time in its 59-year history. The Ferrari is a 410 Sport (0592CM), one of four intended for the never-held 1955 Carrera Panamericana road race (thus the CM for Carrera Messicana in the serial number). The car […]

Eye Candy: REVS Institute / Collier Collection

Eye Candy: REVS Institute / Collier Collection

Photos by Larry Edsall The last time I’d visited Naples, Florida, was a little more than 20 years ago. Back then, I was an editor at AutoWeek magazine and had driven a little further down the Gulf Coast while visiting my parents’ home near Sarasota. At that time, the Collier Collection was considered to be […]

By June 21, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Detroit Tigers Classic Car Show

Eye Candy: Detroit Tigers Classic Car Show

Photos by Larry Edsall The fellow wearing a gray-striped T shirt, baggy long shorts and flip-flops pulled his head out from under the open hood of burgundy-colored 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe. His blond hair was shaved and he wore sunglasses, but his long goatee gave him away, at least to my 12-year-old grandson, who took […]

Eye Candy: Motor Muster at Greenfield Village

Eye Candy: Motor Muster at Greenfield Village

 Photos by Larry Edsall Depending on the whimsy of the editors of your favorite dictionary, a “muster” can be a collection, a gathering together, a round up, a representative specimen, or an act of assembling for formal military inspection. The annual Motor Muster held each Father’s Day weekend at Greenfield Village, the Disney-style small town […]

By June 18, 2014 Read More →
Artcurial lines up LeMans 24-hour racers, Solo Lancia group for auction

Artcurial lines up LeMans 24-hour racers, Solo Lancia group for auction

Now that the 24 Hours of LeMans is finished for another year, we can turn our attention to the Le Mans Classic, a vintage racing weekend July 4-6 that will include some 500 historic racing cars and the third annual Artcurial LeMans Classic auction. “LeMans Classic is a major international event that pays tribute to […]

By June 17, 2014 Read More →
Oscar India? 007 would like codename for car being offered at Russo and Steele at Newport Beach

Oscar India? 007 would like codename for car being offered at Russo and Steele at Newport Beach

Oscar India is not a city on the Asian subcontinent, nor a character in some Bond, James Bond movie. It’s the nickname for a group of 1982 Aston Martin V8 Vantage automobiles, one of which will be offered at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach auction June 18-21. The Aston is among a group of four […]

By June 16, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Dream Cars at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Eye Candy: Dream Cars at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Photos by Larry Edsall What I saw as a problem turns out to be a wonderful thing for the folks who run Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, where the featured exhibition through September 7 is “Dream Cars: Innovative Design / Visionary Ideas.” My problem was that there were so many people eager to see the […]

By June 14, 2014 Read More →