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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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‘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 →
Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Once upon a time, the Volkswagen Jetta was a car with an edge, and that applied to more than the car’s angular design. The Jetta was a car for young driving enthusiasts (and even for those who were not quite so young) on a relatively tight budget and needed four doors and a trunk, but […]

By February 6, 2015 Read More →
RM’s $22 million sale revs up Retromobile

RM’s $22 million sale revs up Retromobile

Although the classic car market is strong enough that five car owners could turn down bids in excess of $1 million — in one case more than $2 million — RM’s second annual Paris auction generated more than $22 million in sales Wednesday as Retromobile, Europe’s huge winter celebration of classic cars, got underway. And […]

By February 5, 2015 Read More →
When it comes to making scents, I’ll take worn leather with a musky hint of motor oil

When it comes to making scents, I’ll take worn leather with a musky hint of motor oil

We all know “that new-car smell.” And there is, indeed, an old-car smell as well. The worst-case scenario is the offensive olfactory evidence that mice spent the winter ensconced within the car’s ventilation system. Almost as bad, the disgusting odor of a milk shake spilled beneath the seat and now turned moldy. On the other […]

By February 5, 2015 1 Comment Read More →
Mercedes-Benz puts its archives online

Mercedes-Benz puts its archives online

You don’t have to travel to Germany and visit the Mercedes-Benz museum to view the history of the world’s oldest automaker. Mercedes-Benz Classic has launched a website to share documents, photographs and the rest of its archives with anyone who visits https://mercedes-benz-publicarchive.com, or Public M@RS, as the site has been nicknamed. “M@RS” is shorthand for […]

By February 4, 2015 Read More →
Only remaining ’83 gets featured spot at Corvette museum

Only remaining ’83 gets featured spot at Corvette museum

The only surviving 1983 Chevrolet Corvette finally has its own place of prominence at the National Corvette Museum, thanks to a grant from a family foundation. The museum announced that the ’83 Corvette, which had been among the cars displayed with the Skydome when a sinkhole opened last year, has been moved and cleaned and […]

By February 3, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Ram ProMaster City cargo van

Driven: 2015 Ram ProMaster City cargo van

Small commercial vans have been both necessary and popular for many years seemingly everywhere but the United States. Bigger is better is the rule here in the land of wide open spaces. But bigger not only isn’t better, it makes no sense in the narrow city streets of most of the world’s large and even […]

By February 2, 2015 Read More →