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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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Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Eye Candy: Studebaker National Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall Although the Studebaker National Museum didn’t open until the autumn of 2005, its collection traces to the late 19th Century when Clement Studebaker had the foresight to purchase a couple of historic horse-drawn carriages. One had been commissioned by the U.S. government to take Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, […]

By September 20, 2014 Read More →
Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

Want your own car company? Cord trademarks for sale

What’s more rare than owning a classic car? How about owning the rights to a classic car company’s name, indeed, to its very trademark? The rights to the trademarks for Cord Automobile, the keystone in Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, are being offered for sale until October 22, at which point, if they have not been purchased, they will […]

By September 19, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Museum showcases Alaska’s extreme challenges to early motorists

Museum showcases Alaska’s extreme challenges to early motorists

‘Extreme Motoring: Alaska’s First Automobiles and Their Dauntless Drivers” is the title of a new exhibit that runs through March 30, 2015, at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks. The exhibit is designed to take museum visitors back to the days of the Last Frontier following the Alaskan gold rush. The first motorcars arrived […]

By September 19, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Porsche reveals secret concepts, prototypes at museum exhibition

Porsche reveals secret concepts, prototypes at museum exhibition

‘Project: Top Secret” is the title of the newest special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, where 16 vehicles – most of which have never been shown before – will be on display through January 11, 2015. The vehicles include previously secret concepts, camouflaged prototypes and one-of-a-kind cars created for experimental testing and record […]

By September 18, 2014 Read More →
Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

A pair of historic racing cars brought the biggest money at Bonham’s recent and record-setting auction at the Goodwood Revival. The 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports racing two-seater known as ‘EPE 97’ and raced in major pre-war events by the Fox & Nicholl team set a record for a Lagonda sold at auction, bringing more […]

By September 16, 2014 Read More →
Taxi squad: New company specializes in restoration of Checker cars

Taxi squad: New company specializes in restoration of Checker cars

Steve Contarino has always had a fondness for Checkers, a passion he traces to his childhood when his father drove a Checker cab in Massachusetts. Now that passion is turning into a business with the launch of Checker Motor Cars, which at first will restore and sell classic Checkers, but which Contarino hopes will someday […]

By September 15, 2014 Read More →
John Moir’s A-to-Z and Jeffrey Day collections heading to RM sale at Hershey Fall Meet

John Moir’s A-to-Z and Jeffrey Day collections heading to RM sale at Hershey Fall Meet

Cars from two very specialized collections will be offered during RM Auctions’ annual sale at the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Eastern Division Fall Meet, October 9-10 at Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Cars of John Moir Jr. will include 37 vehicles, many of them part of Moir’s unique A-to-Z Collection. More than 50 cars also […]

By September 15, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Eye Candy: GM Heritage Center

Eye Candy: GM Heritage Center

  Photos by Larry Edsall The building is your typical suburban light industrial-park structure, a big, nondescript, uninviting and uninspiring box. If you can find it in the first place, there’s almost nothing that would cause you to take a second glance. Drive past with any speed and you won’t even notice the small sign […]

By September 13, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mullins’ ‘Star of India’ Delahaye acclaimed best of the beauties at new French concours

Mullins’ ‘Star of India’ Delahaye acclaimed best of the beauties at new French concours

Concours d’Elegance is, after all, a French phrase, so perhaps it’s only fitting that Europe’s newest concours d’elegance was held in France. The inaugural La Rencontre de l’art & de l’Elegance (Chantilly Arts and Elegance Concours d’Elegance) was held in the gardens of the Domaine de Chantilly and attracted some 10,000 visitors who came to […]

By September 10, 2014 Read More →
Ferraris draw big bids at RM London auction, but so do low-mileage original-condition cars

Ferraris draw big bids at RM London auction, but so do low-mileage original-condition cars

Ferraris, of course, led the way at RM’s annual London auction, staged in conjunction with the prestigious Concours of Elegance, but other classic and collector cars offered in original and low-mileage condition also did very well. The sale offered 80 earth-bound vehicles, plus one aerospace artifact. Sixty-nine of the ground-bound cars sold, an 86.25-percent sell-though, […]

By September 10, 2014 Read More →