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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.

Total sales higher, average price lower at Arizona auctions

1960 Chevrolet engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 - sold $1.32 million
CERV I, historic Chevrolet prototype/concept car, sells for $1.32 million at Barrett-Jackson | Bob Golfen photo

With a day of sales to go at some locations, total on-the-block revenues at the collector car auctions taking place in Arizona this week already have surpassed year-ago numbers, according to Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company that monitors all sales at major American auction venues. So far this week, sales have totaled $251.1 million, which is $1.1 million more than the figure for the entire 2016 sales week. Continue reading

It’s Vegas Bike Week with Mecum, Bonham auctions

Steve McQueen owned this 1917 Henderson Four
Steve McQueen owned this 1917 Henderson Four

Arizona has its car week, and just a few days later and a couple hundred miles to the northwest, Las Vegas has its vintage motorcycle weekend with Bonhams and Mecum staging major auctions.

Mecum Auctions holds its annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at the South Point hotel and casino from January 25-28 while Bonhams’ seventh annual sale in Sin City takes place January 26, this year at a new venue at the Rio hotel and casino. Continue reading

Weather or not, bidders spending at Arizona auction venues

Bugatti Grand Prix racer on the block Friday at Gooding & Company auction | Andy Reid photo
Bugatti Grand Prix racer on the block Friday at Gooding & Company auction | Andy Reid photo

Rainy weather didn’t appear to dampen bidders Friday at the Arizona collector car auctions, where the total so far — $187.1 million in sales — represents a 17 percent boost compared with results  through Friday a year ago.

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Larry’s likes at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale

Russo and Steele is known for sports, muscle, rods and customs, there there are classics available as well | Larry Edsall photos
Russo and Steele is known for sports, muscle, rods and customs, there there are classics available as well | Larry Edsall photos

The cars are cool but what I really like best about Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction this year is the new venue. After several years in what otherwise was a rough, open field near the intersection of Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101 freeway, the auction this year has moved to its new home, the northwest corner of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Continue reading

Bids and buys strong as Arizona auctions build toward weekend

1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione Spider sells for $6.38 million at Bonhams, which more than doubled its 2016 sales total Thursday | Andy Reid photos
1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione Spider sells for $6.38 million at Bonhams, which more than doubled its 2016 sales total Thursday | Andy Reid photos

With action at five venues, Thursday was the first full day of auctions during Arizona Car Week 2017 and, notably, overall totals were 30 percent above 2016 figures through the same point in the week, according to Hagerty, the insurance and value-tracking company that staffs each of the Arizona sales. Continue reading

Famed Lamborghini engineer Paolo Stanzani dead at 81

Famed engineer Paolo Stanzani: From Miura to Countach | Lamborghini photo
Famed engineer Paolo Stanzani: From Miura to Countach | Lamborghini photo

Paolo Stanzani, a mechanical engineer and one of the fathers of the Lamborghini Miura, died Wednesday at the age of 81.

With Giampaolo Dallara and designer Marcello Gandini, Stanzani created not only the revolutionary Miura in 1966 but subsequent Lamborghini vehicles, including the Countach. Continue reading

Worldwide’s Arizona debut includes two million-dollar sales

The 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL roadster originally owned by John Lennon sells for $225,000, plus commission, at Worldwide auction | Larry Edsall photos
The 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL roadster originally owned by John Lennon sells for $225,000, plus commission, at Worldwide auction | Larry Edsall photos

Worldwide Auctioneers made its debut Wednesday night at Arizona Car Week with a well-attended — standing-room-only — sales room and  a nicely loaded 82-car docket that was so well received that two cars each sold for a million dollars or more.

The million-dollar cars were a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 roadster and a 1955 Lancia Aurelia GT B24S Spider America. Continue reading

Depth of field: New hallmark of the Arizona Concours

Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance | Larry Edsall photos
Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance | Larry Edsall photos

The headlines, here and elsewhere, were about the Bugatti Atlantic which, to no one’s astonishment, won Best of Show accolades Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Atlantic is so famous, so rare and so spectacularly beautiful a car that it simply overshadowed the rest of the show field. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Worldwide’s Scottsdale auction

Mercedes, Packard and Caddy parked outside the Worldwide Auctioneers tent in Scottsdale, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos
Mercedes, Packard and Caddy parked outside the Worldwide Auctioneers tent in Scottsdale, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos

I failed.

My mission was to go Monday morning to the Worldwide Auctioneers preview in Scottsdale, Arizona, and do to one of our “Pick6” selections, choosing around half-a-dozen vehicles that will be offered at the sale and to select and share them with you.

With only 82 vehicles in the auction catalog, I briefly wondered if I’d even find six that I really liked, and that’s our minimum requirement for this feature. Continue reading

Bugatti Atlantic wins best of show at Arizona Concours

Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos
Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos

Organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance provide a roped-off area near the awards presentation area reserved for photographers with media credentials so they can capture images of the cars as they roll up and their owners receive their awards. For all but the last of those awards, the cars approach from stage right, so the photo pen onstage left provides the desired, heads-on vantage. Continue reading