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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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Rare Ferrari 275 GTB Competitizione Clienti making its first trip to an auction at Cole’s Monterey sale

Rare Ferrari 275 GTB Competitizione Clienti making its first trip to an auction at Cole’s Monterey sale

For the first time in its nearly 50 years of existence, the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competitizione Clienti built as a special order for American Ferrari patron Alfred Ducato will be offered for auction at the Rick Cole Auction this summer at Monterey, California. The car is one of 10 special 275 GTBs built to […]

Car-sized birthday cake is part of Mustang celebration at Carlisle

Car-sized birthday cake is part of Mustang celebration at Carlisle

There have been and will continue to be a bunch of 50th anniversary birthday celebrations this year for the Ford Mustang, but one of the most interesting could be the one staged by Carlisle Events, June 6-8 at the Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Fairgrounds. For one thing, the local Carlisle Bakery has been commissioned to produce a […]

By June 5, 2014 Read More →
Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Prediction: Someone’s about to pay $100 million for a Ferrari GTO

Three seemingly unrelated things that I think we can weave together: Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer pays something like four times the franchise’s estimated value to become the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, a professional basketball team; Ron Pratte, who may be a mere multi-millionaire but who has become well-known, even a celebrity, within […]

Mustangs, movie vehicles highlight Leake sale at Tulsa

Mustangs, movie vehicles highlight Leake sale at Tulsa

Twenty-three Ford Mustangs and four cars from the movie August: Osage County will be featured at Leake Auction Company’s sale June 6-8 in the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Among some 750 classic and collector cars and other vehicles offered at the auction will be vehicles featured in the 2013 movie […]

By June 3, 2014 Read More →
Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Orange County may be the sweet spot within Southern California’s classic and exotic car culture, but it has been a very tough nut — well, actually, a tough-skinned fruit — for classic car auction houses to crack. “It’s arguably the car Mecca of the planet,” said Drew Alcazar, founder of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile […]

By June 2, 2014 Read More →
Eye Candy: Montana Auto Museum

Eye Candy: Montana Auto Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall When I was a kid, the prison at Deer Lodge, Montana, was just that — a prison. I know, because my Grandfather helped put it back together after a riot in 1959 that cost the life of a guard. My Grandfather had just retired as the warden at the Old Joliet […]

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
Ex-Bob Pond Collection to be offered at Auctions America’s 2nd Burbank sale

Ex-Bob Pond Collection to be offered at Auctions America’s 2nd Burbank sale

More than 60 vehicles from the former collection of the late Palm Springs car collector Bob Pond will be among the 400 classic cars crossing the block at Auctions America’s second annual California sale, August 1-2 in Burbank. The cars from the former Pond Collection will include the 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible featured in the […]

By May 28, 2014 Read More →
Star cars: Classic commercial vehicles featured at Packard Proving Grounds

Star cars: Classic commercial vehicles featured at Packard Proving Grounds

Historic commercial vehicles will be the stars next month at the annual Cars ‘R’ Stars show at the historic Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township just north of Detroit. Among the featured vehicles expected are a 1937 Ford Texaco Tanker; a 1947 Chevrolet used by the famed Michigan soda pop bottler, Vernor’s; a 1920 Ford […]

By May 26, 2014 Read More →
Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Nearly 30 years ago, Rick Cole had “a crazy idea.” His idea was to stage a classic car auction in conjunction with the Monterey Historics vintage races and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Cole, who regularly drove in those races, noticed how his fellow racers were buying and selling cars among themselves in the Laguna […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
Designer updates a classic BMW

Designer updates a classic BMW

Although this day job is designing Riva yachts, David Obendorfer is intrigued by classic cars, especially those that have become icons of design. What Obendorfer likes to do is to see if he can reinterpret such designs so yesterday’s cars might fit into today’s — and tomorrow’s — driving environment. Obendorfer’s latest project is the […]