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.

Artist known for Goodwood sculptures does one for Porscheplatz

Sculpture featuring a trio of 911s soars high above Porsche facilities | Porsche AG photos
Sculpture featuring a trio of 911s soars high above Porsche facilities | Porsche AG photos

For more than a decade, British artist Gerry Judah’s amazing automotive sculptures have towered over the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. But now one of his works has been erected on a permanent basis with “Inspiration 911” unveiled at the entrance to the Porscheplatz in front of the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, a suburb of Stuttgart, Germany.

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Skydome to reopen Thursday at National Corvette Museum

Sinkhole repaired. Cars back on display. Skydome to re-open Thursday | National Corvette Museum photos
Sinkhole repaired. Cars back on display. Skydome to re-open Thursday | National Corvette Museum photos

‘When life hands you lemons” the headline reads on the news release from the National Corvette Museum, which on Thursday morning plans to officially reopen its Skydome as part of the museum’s annual Labor Day weekend anniversary celebration. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1947 Bentley MK VI ‘Black Adder 6’ Special

1947 Bentley is on its third body style
1947 Bentley is on its third body style

Since we switched from Pick of the Week to Pick of the Day and convinced Bob Golfen to let the rest of the staff share in the fun, I’ve focused on cars being sold by owners and on cars that seemed reasonably affordable. Until today.

Oh, this car is being offered by a private seller, but the $155,000 or best offer asking price represents my first venture into six figures. However, this does, indeed, look like an amazing car. Continue reading

Will ex-Veeck Duesenberg hit home run at Auburn auction?

1929 Murphy-bodied Duesenberg Model J has ties to major league baseball team-owner Bill Veeck Jr. | Auctions America photos
1929 Murphy-bodied Duesenberg Model J has ties to major league baseball team-owner Bill Veeck Jr. | Auctions America photos

Yes, it only makes sense to offer a sensational 1929 Duesenberg Model J for sale at an auction held during the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana. And this one is, indeed, sensational — a Murphy-bodied convertible coupe in a silver finish that makes the car appear to be glowing.

But while it was the photographs that caught my eye as I paged through the Auctions America Auburn Fall sale catalog, it was the words that really got my attention, especially when I read, “It is hard to imagine the effect that chassis no. 2168 must have had on its next owner, William Veeck Junior…” Continue reading

Auctionata sets online all-Ferrari auction

Short-nose 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 among cars on the docket | Auctionata photos
Short-nose 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 among cars on the docket | Auctionata photos

Germany’s online auction house, Auctionata, plans a “Ferrari Only” sale with 27 vehicles up for bidding on September 26.

In another twist on Auctionata’s format, the auction will be done with a split-screen — the auctioneer live at Auctionata’s Berlin studios while the cars will be shown live from an aircraft hangar in Munich. Continue reading

Edsel Ford’s fret comes true… 100 years later

The HVA Model T makes its way up Pikes Peak | HVA photo by Casey Maxon
The HVA Model T makes its way up Pikes Peak | HVA photos by Casey Maxon

Back in 1915, Edsel Ford and some of his buddies drove from Michigan to San Francisco to attend the world’s fair, the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Ford fretted at one point that he feared the possibility of being robbed in Arizona, which even three years after becoming an official state remained very much a Wild West wilderness.

Ford and his party passed through Arizona unharmed, though awed by the state’s Grand Canyon. However, his fears came true for the Historical Vehicle Association team that retracing Ford’s route 100 years later. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Saturday evening car show at the Whippy Dip

Classic Caddy, Trans Am and many more at the weekly Saturday evening cruise-in at the Whippy Dip ice cream parlor | Larry Edsall photos
Classic Caddy, Trans Am and many more at the weekly Saturday evening cruise-in at the Whippy Dip ice cream parlor | Larry Edsall photos

Every summertime Saturday evening around 6, the cool cars arrive. They roll off Michigan’s two-lane Route 30 and onto the grassy lot behind the Whippy Dip, an ice cream parlor that serves hot dogs, barbecue, beverages and other light fare to the local folk in the community of Sanford and to traffic off U.S. 10, a highway that runs from Saginaw Bay to Lake Michigan, connecting Midland and Bay City with the north-central section of the state’s Lower Peninsula.

Among the regulars at the weekly car show are members of the Cruisin’ Classics, a group of nearly three-dozen classic car owners who live in and around Gladwin, a three-stoplight town about 25 miles northwest of the Whippy Dip. Continue reading

Brass Era cars featured in Bonhams’ Simeone sale

1907 Sterns among Brass Era cars offered at Bonhams sale at the Simeone | Bonhams photos
1907 Sterns among Brass Era cars offered at Bonhams sale at the Simeone | Bonhams photos

On October 5, and for the fourth year in a row, Bonhams will conduct a “Preserving the Automobile” auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Museum founder Fred Simeone, a renowned surgeon, has been a champion of preserving rather than restoring historically important vehicles, and Bonhams notes in its news release that the sale “is wholly distinct in its focus on authentic, historically accurate and unrestored motorcars.” Continue reading