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.

Driven: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG

Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos
Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos

My first impression as I pressed the “start” button and adjusted the driver’s seat position and the steering wheel reach and angle in the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG (TRG is short for Touring) was very favorable: Right there on the dashboard were numbers informing me that the car had more than 600 miles of range.

That’s a round trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas and back without having to stop for fuel. I’m impressed. Continue reading

Classically futuristic, modern fashion are keynote cars for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale

One-off Ralph Roberts' Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby's photo by  Erik Fuller
One-off Ralph Roberts’ Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Erik Fuller

A futuristic American classic and perhaps the ultimate in modern automotive fashion highlight the docket for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual Arizona Auction, scheduled for January 19-20 at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

The futuristic American classic is the one-off 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial dual-windshield phaeton that was designed and driven by Ralph Roberts, whose work at Briggs and Le Baron included the design of vehicles for Lincoln, Chrysler and other luxury automakers. Continue reading

Goodwood, Silverstone revise 2017 calendars

The scene at the Goodwood Festival of Speed | Goodwood photo
The scene at the Goodwood Festival of Speed | Goodwood photo

Changes to the 2017 Formula One racing series schedule have caused changes to two major classic car events in England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed moves to June 29-July 2 and the Silverstone Classic shifts to the July 28-30 weekend.

Goodwood changed its date because of the Baku (Azerbaijan’s capital city) F1 event and Silverstone because of the new date for the British Grand Prix. Continue reading

Final LaFerrari brings $7 million for charity

Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby's chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos
Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby’s chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos

The 500th and last LaFerrari produced sold for $7 million at a special RM Sotheby’s charity auction Saturday in Florida to raise money for the reconstruction of central Italy, after that region was devastated this year by a series of earthquakes. RM Sotheby’s staged the sale in partnership with Ferrari and as part of the Ferrari Finale Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Artcurial secures Ogliastro collection for its Retromobile auction

The Ogliastro collection vehicles  headed to Artcurial's 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos
The Ogliastro collection vehicles headed to Artcurial’s 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In 2015, it was the barn-found Baillon Collection which drew people to spend more than $52.2 million at Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Retromobile sale in Paris.

Earlier this year, a world-auction record (in euros) was spent at Artcurial’s Retromobile auction on a single vehicle, the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon collection. (That the sale, which converted to $35.7 million, wasn’t a record in U.S. dollars was a factor of fluxuating international currency exchange rates.) Continue reading

Busy Bonhams: From Bond Street to London Olympia

'Phantom of Love' Rolls-Royce brings $708,810 | Bonhams photo
‘Phantom of Love’ Rolls-Royce brings $708,810 | Bonhams photos

Bonhams boutique Bond Street Sale held Sunday generated some $5 million, although only 16 cars sold on the block with two others done in post-block transactions. The sales of motorcars — ranging from a 1914 Vauxhall to a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT — was part of an auction day that included a significant jewelry sale. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet El Camino

Seller just doesn't have room for this 1964 Chevrolet El Camino anymore
Seller just doesn’t have room for this 1964 Chevrolet El Camino anymore

There are a variety of reasons why people sell a classic car. Here’s one:

“We absolutely love this car,” the private seller reports in an advertisement on ClassicCars.com, “but have purchased another classic with a bit more room (and) we don’t have room to store both.” Continue reading

Leake ends year with $7.2 million sale at Dallas

1969 Ford Mustang tops all sales at Leake's Fall Dallas event | Leake Auction photos
1969 Ford Mustang tops all sales at Leake’s Fall Dallas event | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company concluded its 2016 calendar late last month in Dallas with a two-day Fall sale that generated $7.2 million with a 66 percent sell-through rate. More than 585 lots were offered.

“We had a great weekend in Dallas,” Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, said in a news release. “This was one of the best lineups we have presented in Dallas. We a had a nice variety of sports and exotics, muscle and customs as well as high-line cars. There was something for every car enthusiast in this sale.” Continue reading

‘Ammer’ time for a famed boxer’s Ferrari

Henry Cooper's 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard
Henry Cooper’s 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard

The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 doesn’t figure to draw the highest bids Monday at Coys’ True Greats auction at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, but its next owner will drive away with a great story.

The car, one of only 55 high-hand-drive models, formerly was owned by British boxer Henry Cooper, who used his famed left hook — “Enry’s ‘Ammer” — to knock down Muhammad Ali in the fourth round of their fight June 18, 1963, when Ali still fought under his given name, Cassius Clay. Continue reading

Art auction headlines bode well for upcoming collector car sales

The scene at Sotheby's recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby's photos
The scene at Sotheby’s recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby’s photos

Recent headlines that should be of interest to the collector car community:

Monet’s ‘Grainstack’ Sets Record With $81.4 Million at Auction
Strong Sales at Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction Despite Postelection Jitters
Sotheby’s Stages Robust $276 Million Contemporary Art Sale to Close Out Auction Week
A Richter, Owned by Clapton, Fetches $22 Million at Christie’s
Edvard Munch Leads Sotheby’s $157.7 Million Impressionist Sale Continue reading