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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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What caught my eye at Russo and Steele

What caught my eye at Russo and Steele

My Tuesday tour of various Arizona Auction venues included some time in Scottsdale at Russo and Steele, where four huge tents cover several hundred vehicles to be paraded across the block starting at noon today. Here are eight I’d be eager to take home: Related Stories:

By January 15, 2015 Read More →
Keno Brothers launch new classic car auction

Keno Brothers launch new classic car auction

The launches of two new classic car auction houses were announced Tuesday, and one of them figures to further enhance the growing popularity of the car-collecting hobby in the United States. Omaha-based Proxibid announced an exclusive partnership with Leigh and Lesie Keno and their business partner Ken Sterne in the launch of Keno Brothers, an […]

By January 14, 2015 Read More →
What caught my eye at Bonhams

What caught my eye at Bonhams

Tuesday at Bonhams, I really surprised myself. I was swayed by paint, and in a couple of different directions. I knew one of the cars on the docket for Bonhams’ classic car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, was a 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk 1. In 1966 I was a freshman in college and the Lotu-s and […]

By January 14, 2015 Read More →
Tracking Barrett-Jackson’s big Tuesday

Tracking Barrett-Jackson’s big Tuesday

Throughout Arizona Auction Week, we’ll be bringing you daily results as reported to us by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and pricing-guide publisher, which staffs each of the venues and tracks the sales. These are raw results witnessed by Hagerty staffers and may not include post-sale transactions. Figures do include the buyer’s premium. Tuesday, January […]

By January 14, 2015 Read More →
Mecum motorcycle auction tops $7.2 million

Mecum motorcycle auction tops $7.2 million

Mecum opened its 2015 classic vehicle auction calendar last week with the 24th annual Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas sale, where 83-perfect of 590 motorcycles sold for $7,277,820. “As it has consistently done for the past 23 years, the Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas motorcycle auction again set the market tone for collectible motorcycles in 2015,” Ron […]

By January 14, 2015 Read More →
What caught my eye at Barrett-Jackson

What caught my eye at Barrett-Jackson

It’s one thing to see classic cars in auction catalogs, be they printed or online, to read the various auction-house descriptions, even to write the series of auction previews we shared with you last week. But it’s quite another thing to actually go to the auction venues, to see and to walk among those cars […]

By January 13, 2015 Read More →
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet takes best-of-show at Arizona concours

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet takes best-of-show at Arizona concours

‘Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” was the automakers’ advertising mantra back in the heyday of American stock car racing. But at the second Arizona Concours d’Elegance, the phrase that applied was “win on Sunday, sell on Thursday,” which is when the best-of-show winning 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A goes from the lawns […]

By January 12, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
She’s real fine, my muscular pony sports car

She’s real fine, my muscular pony sports car

It’s Arizona auction week and I’m already dreading the thought of hearing people talk about Mustangs and Camaros and Shelbys and even Chevy 409s as “muscle cars.” Because they are not. Being old may have its disadvantages — though being old at least means you’re not dead. And being old also means that you were […]

By January 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Designers share thoughts on ‘Elegance at Speed’

Designers share thoughts on ‘Elegance at Speed’

‘Elegance and speed don’t always go together, but when your car is on the front row or you are on the (winner’s) rostrum, it looks very elegant.” Those words Saturday came from Nigel Bennett, designer of championship Formula One and Indianapolis racing cars. Bennett joined Peter Brock, whose work includes the Shelby Daytona Coupe, and […]

By January 11, 2015 Read More →
Discarded no longer, race cars cherished by collectors

Discarded no longer, race cars cherished by collectors

One in a series of previews for the 2015 Arizona classic car auctions Used to be, there was nothing less valuable than an old race car. Consider that rather than having to pay British taxes after the 1965 racing season, the six Shelby Daytona Coupes that beat Ferrari for the world championship were on their […]

By January 10, 2015 Read More →