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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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Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

Driven: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe

There is no cruise control. No power steering. No struts to hold open the hatch that spans the engine and the unreasonably small trunk. No GPS. No push-button starter. No backup camera that might provide at least a helpful hint rather than leave you backing blindly out of a parking place. There are leather straps […]

By February 13, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Leake Auction Co. honors its founder with new special sales series

Leake Auction Co. honors its founder with new special sales series

Last fall, and after seeing the success Barrett-Jackson had with its high-end Salon Collection/5000 Series, Leake Auction Company added what it called its Platinum Series to showcase select cars for its classic car sale in Dallas. “It was wildly successful,” said Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, who noted that six of the 10 Platinum vehicles sold, […]

By February 13, 2015 Read More →
Desert Concorso gets new home, date and partner

Desert Concorso gets new home, date and partner

Desert Concorso has found a new home, a new date and a new partner for its second classic and exotic car showcase. The first Desert Concorso, staged by the same people who do the Concorso Italiano on the Monterey Peninsula in August, was held in the early spring of 2014 at a golf resort in Palm […]

By February 13, 2015 Read More →
At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

At last, it’s auction day, the first of many to come

This is the last of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1, part 2 and part 3. May 1, 1971, “dawned crystal clear,” Kirk F. White remembers. “It was the most dazzling May first in the history of the world. The weather was absolutely perfect.” As […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

The consignments arrive, but so does an act of vandalism

This is the third of four installments in the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here are links to part 1 and part 2. One sunny Sunday morning, Kirk F. White and his family emerged from St. Martin’s church into a scene of blooming dogwoods at the church’s pastoral campus in Radnor, a […]

By February 11, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Shelby’s Original Venice Crew to unveil GT350R it wanted to build 50 years ago

Shelby’s Original Venice Crew to unveil GT350R it wanted to build 50 years ago

Two years ago, several of the surviving members of the original Shelby American team — aka the Original Venice Crew — met for dinner during the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Naturally, the conversation turned to the good old days and someone mentioned that the original Shelby Mustang GT350 was a terrific car — […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

‘Tiny’ Gould makes a very big introduction

This is the second of four installments telling the story of the first modern classic car auction. Here’s the link to part 1. Kirk F. White was impressed by that auction in New York City, but not in good ways. “The scene, as I drove by slowly, was nearly amusing,” he writes in the manuscript […]

By February 10, 2015 Read More →
‘It has to work if it were done right,’ so Kirk White staged the first modern classic car auction

‘It has to work if it were done right,’ so Kirk White staged the first modern classic car auction

Ranging from small, local events to such extravaganzas as Arizona Auction Week and the mid-summer carfest on California’s Monterey Peninsula, classic car auctions have become a billion-dollar industry annually in the United States. Which got us to wondering: When and where did this industry get its start? So we checked the archives, and asked some […]

By February 9, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Barn-found cars draw huge crowd, record bids to Artcurial’s Retromobile auction

Barn-found cars draw huge crowd, record bids to Artcurial’s Retromobile auction

Some 3,500 people crowded Friday into the room at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles where Artcurial Motorcars was staging its annual sale as part of Salon Retromobile, the huge classic car celebration held each winter in Paris. What attracted so many people, including 1,600 registered bidders, was not just an outstanding assortment of […]

By February 7, 2015 Read More →
Aston Martin DB5 cabriolets top Bonhams auction at Paris Retromobile

Aston Martin DB5 cabriolets top Bonhams auction at Paris Retromobile

Led by a pair of Aston Martin DB5 cabriolets, Bonhams enjoyed a record-setting Grand Palais Paris auction Thursday during the annual Retromobile classic car festival. The $2,165,047 paid for a 1965 DB5 convertible was reported as a world record price for such a car selling at auction. A similar model from 1962 brought $1,390,879 and […]

By February 6, 2015 Read More →