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.

Europe’s largest all-Japanese car show set for Silverstone

Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos
Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos

Europe’s largest showcase of classic Japanese cars is scheduled April 30 at the Silverstone racing circuit in England.

The event known as “Japfest” moved to Silverstone last year and drew a record 20,000 people

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Pick of the Day: 1993 Ford Taurus SHO

Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan
Taurus SHO was high-performance family sedan

At a recent Daily News @ ClassicCars.com editorial staff meeting, we got talking about cars that were hot when they were new that somehow seem to have disappeared from consciousness. The first example we discussed was the Ford Taurus SHO.

Which got me to wondering whatever happened to the SHOs and were there any advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com. So I searched and found exactly one — this 1993 Ford Taurus SHO being offered by a classic car dealership in Coral Springs, Florida. Continue reading

Top 10 Hollywood movie cars: What are they worth?

Auto  experts pick 'Back to the Future' DeLorean as No 1 movie car | HPI Valuations photos
Experts pick ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean as No 1 movie car | HPI Valuations photos

Suppose you had a collection that included what some experts rate as the most iconic of Hollywood movie cars. What would your collection be worth as we roll into the annual Oscar awards this weekend?

According to HPI Valuations, a British vehicle valuation-tracking company based in West Yorkshire, your collection would be worth £3,002,500 ($3,740,000), and had you bought those 10 cars when they were brand new, your investment would have been a mere £30,362 ($37,815). Continue reading

News updates: Catching up on Barris’s 67-X, convertible tops, concours, back issues of AQ, and more

Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos
Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos

As part of the Canadian centennial celebration, Expo 67 in Montreal, oil and gas producer and retailer Esso commissioned George Barris to create a futuristic vehicle. Barris used an Oldsmobile Toronado as his canvas for the 67-X.

Four such cars were produced, and after Expo 67 they were given away in a contest. The only one known to have survived is on display through March 12 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, as part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

‘Painter laureate’ Rolls-Royce on Aussie auction docket

1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos
1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos

A 1936 Rolls-Royce former owned by the artist known as “Britain’s painter laureate” headlines Mossgreen Auctions upcoming sale May 28 in Melbourne, Australia. The auction will include around 20 vehicles.

“The F.O. Salisbury Rolls-Royce, not surprisingly is a work of art in itself,” Mossgreen said in its news release. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring

2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring is updated inside and out | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring is updated inside and out | Larry Edsall photos

From one end of the lineup to the other, there are few automakers who produce cars that are as much fun to drive as does Mazda. Yes, indeed, there is that Miata “zoom-zoom” in every Mazda vehicle, but it actually pre-dates the MX-5, going back to such vehicles as the RX-7 and the 323 GTX, that hoot-to-drive, road-legal rally car. Continue reading

’56 Olds-based original Batmobile on Vicari auction docket

First licensed Batmobile was built on 1956 Oldsmobile chassis | Vicari photos
First licensed Batmobile was built on 1956 Oldsmobile chassis | Vicari photos

What is believed to be the first officially licensed Batmobile, a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 customized by then 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend, Len Perham, is headed to auction as part of the Vicari sale scheduled for October 5-7 at Biloxi, Mississippi.

Vicari reports that the car was sanctioned by a DC Comics licensee — All Star Dairies/Green Acres — and was built in the Robinson family barn in New England. It was completed two years before George Barris and his team created the first Batmobile for the television series. Continue reading

SEMA shows how to overcome challenges facing the hobby

SEMA staged its first Town Hall meeting of the year in Phoenix | Larry Edsall photos
SEMA staged its first Town Hall meeting of the year in Phoenix | Larry Edsall photos

Our hobby is in jeopardy. We’re getting older and dying off. Government regulations are limiting what we can do. Technology is making it impossible to tinker, let alone modify or restore.

Sound familiar? Those were the three primary subjects for discussion recently when the board of directors of SEMA — the Specialty Equipment Market Association — held its annual planning meeting. Continue reading

No-reserve Mustang trio on Leake’s OKC auction docket

1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos
1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos

Not only are they sought-after collector cars, but a trio of 1960s Ford Mustangs will be offered without reserve this week when Leake Auction Company stages its annual Oklahoma City sale, starting Friday.

The cars are a 1966 Shelby GT350H, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR and a 1969 Ford Boss 429. Continue reading