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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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Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

Bookshelf: Insight into auction operations

The Classic Car Bookshelf The Supermodel and the Brillo Box by Don Thompson Published 2014 Publisher Palgrave Macmillan & Co. Format Hardcover Pages 282 ISBN 9781137279088 Purchase Amazon ‘Most consignments from individuals reach the auction room through the four D’s: Death, Divorce, Debt, and Discretion. The fourth refers to a change in collecting focus — […]

By July 21, 2014 Read More →
20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

20-year journey: A Tatra makes its way to Pebble Beach

Imagine spending 20 years on a vehicle’s restoration and then, just a few days after its completion, you pack up your baby and entrust it to a shipping company, all in expectation of a reunion 4,279 miles away. Pavel Kasik was willing to accept that scenario because the reunion will take place on the 18th […]

By July 18, 2014 Read More →
Bonhams’ sale at Mercedes museum totals more than $16 million

Bonhams’ sale at Mercedes museum totals more than $16 million

With nearly 50 vehicles selling for more than $16 million, the inaugural Bonhams auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum goes down as a rousing success. “Today’s sale demonstrated the fantastic diversity and engineering excellence available from the Mercedes-Benz classic motor car range,” said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams co-chairman. “We’re delighted to have placed a marker in the […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
Military vehicles bring more than $10 million at Auctions America’s Littlefield Collection sale

Military vehicles bring more than $10 million at Auctions America’s Littlefield Collection sale

Even though special permits will be required to transport several of the lots away from the auction venue, very competitive bidding from an international group of collectors marked the Littlefield Military Collection auction staged by RM’s Auction America division. Some 98 percent of lots sold for a total of $10.24 million. The top-dollar sale of […]

By July 17, 2014 Read More →
Detroit’s concours promises to rev up its show field

Detroit’s concours promises to rev up its show field

If you want stodgy, you might want to steer clear of the Concours d’Elegance of America later this month. Oh, sure, the 300-vehicle showcase will include the usual array of American and European classics. And, yes, there will be an entire class of Model J Duesenbergs. This being Detroit’s own concours, there also will be […]

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Eye Candy: Retro Roll In

Photos by Larry Edsall When he was 18 years old, Jim Legeret’s mother bought him a used but little-driven 1956 Plymouth Fury. But this was not any sort of ordinary Fury. This was one of the Fury Special 8 models, one of the white with gold trim factory sport coupe hot-rods just like the one […]

By July 15, 2014 Read More →
Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

Bertone designers were a who’s who of styling skills

‘Though his name would become synonymous with some of the most gorgeous automotive design’s evercreated, Nuccio Bertone was not one of the world’s greatest automotive designers. However, perhaps no one was more adept than Bertone at identifying those who could — and indeed would — create many of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing motor vehicles.” […]

By July 14, 2014 Read More →
Hagerty pumps 1,400 gallons into more than 200 classics at rollback prices

Hagerty pumps 1,400 gallons into more than 200 classics at rollback prices

The folks from Hagerty Classic Car Magazine pumped more than 1,400 gallons of gasoline into more than 200 classic cars Friday morning as part of the national Collector Car Appreciation Day celebration. “National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a great way for us to celebrate our belief that ‘Life’s Better in a Classic,’’ said McKeel […]

By July 11, 2014 Read More →
Hagerty rolls back gasoline prices for Collector Car Appreciation Day

Hagerty rolls back gasoline prices for Collector Car Appreciation Day

If you have a classic car that’s at least 25 years of age or older, and if it is at all possible, you want to be at the Mobil gas station at 36101 Woodward Avenue in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham between 7 and 10 a.m. Friday. Why? Because it’s national Collector Car Appreciation Day […]

Bonhams confirms Amelia Island auction in 2015 at Fernandina Beach golf course

Bonhams confirms Amelia Island auction in 2015 at Fernandina Beach golf course

Although it has yet to make a formal announcement, Bonhams has confirmed to ClassicCars.com that it will stage a classic car auction next year as part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend. The Fernandina Observer newspaper has reported the auction will take place March 10-12, 2015, on the grounds of the Fernandina Beach municipal […]

By July 8, 2014 Read More →