All posts by 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.

RM Southeby’s reveals ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ collection for Italian sale

Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby's photos
Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels,  which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.

The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading

Gilmore exhibit celebrates ‘Golden Age of Sports Cars’

Janis Joplin and her Porsche
Janis Joplin and her Porsche

Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 are among some two dozen vehicles to be showcased in “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967,” a special exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

The exhibit opens October 1 and runs until April 2017. Continue reading

Normandy museum sale far exceeds pre-auction estimates

Some of the items sold during the Normandy Tank Museum auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Some of the items sold during the Normandy Tank Museum auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos

More than 1,000 people attended Artcurial Motorcars D-Day Sale this month in Catz, Normandy, where all lots offered by the Normandy Tank Museum Collection sold for a total of $4,160,436, a figure that more than doubled the highest pre-auction estimate. Continue reading

At age 75, a celebration for the 1941 Cadillac

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The cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs | Cadillac & LaSalle Potomac Region chapter

Ever wonder what the most popular cars are for members of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club? According to the club’s Potomac Region chapter, the cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs.

With that in mind, the Potomac Region’s annual fall car show will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Cadillac. Continue reading

Senate bill would endorse National Historic Vehicle Register

Shelby Daytona Coupe was the first car to achieve status on the Historic Vehicle Register | HVA photos
Shelby Daytona Coupe was the first car to achieve status on the Historic Vehicle Register | HVA photos

The Historic Vehicle Register launched by the Historic Vehicle Association will become the National Historic Vehicle Register if legislation introduced by Michigan Sen. Gary Peters wins congressional approval. The bill would authorize the Dept. of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles, basically giving federal approval to the HVA effort. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible

1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia
1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia

Plymouth’s full-size Fury was clothed with new, wider and longer sheet metal for the 1969 model year and, notes The Standard Catalog of American Cars, was available in — count ’em — 17 models and five series.

The series were Fury I, II and III, Sport Fury and VIP. Fury I was your basic full-size car, available as a 214.5-inch-long sedan or 219.1-inch station wagon. Fury II added brightwork trim as well as a coupe architecture and a station wagon with third-row seating. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

A pair of Tuckers arrive for the 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan car show | Larry Edsall photos
A pair of Tuckers arrive for the 20th annual Ypsilanti Orphan car show | Larry Edsall photos

There are several things that make the annual Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a special event.

There’s the fact that it’s in Ypsilanti, in Riverside Park and not far from Willow Run, where everything from World War II bombers to GM Hydramatic transmissions and from Kaisers and Frazers to Chevrolet Corvairs were assembled.

Ypsi is where Preston Tucker had his home. It also was home to what is believed to be the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit. The store became a Hudson franchise and when Hudson quit producing cars, it became a storehouse for Hudson parts and expertise and eventually evolved into the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Continue reading

Aspen/Snowmass results endorse new auction house’s mission

Balloon festival vantage of The Finest's Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | The Finest auction photos
Drone provides overhead vantage of The Finest’s Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | Aerial photos by Kyle Blaney of Proxibid

One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.

Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment. Continue reading

Hilton Head going Hollywood for festival, concours

1976 Lotus Esprit from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' among Hollywood cars | Hilton Head festival photos
‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ ’76 Lotus among Hollywood cars | Hilton Head festival photos

Each year, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance reserves an area for a special exhibit under the theme of “Life.” For example, last year it was “Life in the Suburbs” featuring family vehicles from the 1950s and early ‘60s.

This year the theme is “Life on the Silver Screen” and will feature four-wheeled celebrities in an exhibit sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commission. Continue reading

Students will go from Gilmore museum garage to The Great Race

High school students will finish Gilmore museum's 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos
High school students will finish Gilmore museum’s 1935 Packard and take on The Great Race | Larry Edsall photos

Next summer, The Great Race for vintage vehicles will approximate one of the historic Dixie Highway routes as it runs from Jacksonville, Florida, to Traverse City, Michigan. Continue reading