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.
There are interviews that stand out in a journalist’s memory. In my case, they include boxing champion Archie Moore, Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters, and tennis star and women’s sports advocate Billie Jean King. And then, there was the day a dozen or so years ago when I was in Italy doing research on […]
‘The wife says… Must sell,” according to the private party offering this 1963 Mercury Comet convertible for sale. “This vehicle is in very good condition considering it being almost all original,” he continues in his classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “Seat covers are new, have been changed, and little else. You can drive the car every […]
Pininfarina is making the most of its 85th anniversary celebration. On June 11, at the start of a four-day anniversary celebration, it revealed a massive — 304 pages thick in a hardbound cover and 12×15-inch format — book on the history of the automotive design and coachbuilding company and many of its most outstanding vehicles. […]
Mecum Auctions’ ability to find success in new geographic areas continued last weekend with its inaugural Denver Collector Car Auction, which counted 396 cars sold — at a 66 percent sell-through rate — and overall sales of more than $12 million. “We were excited to bring the Mecum Auction action to the Denver area, and […]
The Classic Car Bookshelf Drawn to Speed: The Automotive Art of John Lander By John Lander Published 2015 Publisher McFarland & Co. Format Soft cover Pages 214 ISBN 978-0-7864-9785-0 Purchase Amazon John Lander may be known for his automotive art, but he’s also a wonderful storyteller, which makes Drawn to Speed a delight for your […]
Eleven cars from the estate of the Callas family, including a pair of limousines purchased in 1967 by acclaimed opera singer Marie Callas, will be offered for sale July 20 when Artcurial Motorcars stages an auction at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo. Maria Callas ordered the pair of Mercedes-Benz 600 limos to carry her […]
Now in his 70s and with his wife and road-trip traveling companion, Vivi, dying earlier this year, Henrik Frederiksen has contracted Bonhams to sell most of his amazing collection of predominantly pre-war automobiles. Early estimates are that the auction of about 48 of Frederiksen’s classic cars will produce $40 million in sales when it is […]
Barely into its teenage years, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is maturing nicely. In early June, it announced a new Aero Expo and Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala to celebrate the history and future of aviation, and Tuesday it joined Auctions America in adding a classic and collector car auction to its […]
Ferruccio Lamborghini may not have liked his Ferrari, but he apparently enjoyed his Riva Aquarama speed boat enough to have owned it for more than 20 years before selling it to his friend, Angelo Merli, in the summer of 1988. The boat, powered by a pair of Lamborghini’s own V12 engines, was thought to have […]
Back in the day, automakers worked with fashion designers to create special editions of various vehicles. There was the Bill Blass Lincoln Continental Mark V, the Gucci Cadillac Seville, the Nautica Mercury Villager (yes, a “fashionable” minivan), even a Levi’s Edition AMC Gremlin with blue-denim upholstery. And there was the Chrysler LeBaron Mark Cross Edition.