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.

More on that stolen Shelby Mustang headed to auction

1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos
1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos

On June 1, we shared the tale of a 1968 Shelby GT500 Ford Mustang that had been stolen in 1970, was impounded 41 years later by a Mustang-savvy police officer, eventually went to court to have its ownership determined, and now would be offered up for bidding at the Motorsports Auction Group’s Hot August Nights sale August 10-12 in Reno, Nevada.

As they used to say, the switchboard lit up. The story drew massive interest among visitors to the Daily News at ClassicCars.com, and many of you left comments about the car’s post-recovery ownership status. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Italian coachbuilt trio for Quail sale

Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos
Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has consignment a trio of coachbuilt cars by Italian designers for its auction in August at the Quail on the Monterey Peninsula. They are:

  • A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider by Frua.
  • A 1957 BMW 503 cabriolet by Bertone.
  • A 1953 Chrysler Special by Ghia.

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Vicari heads to New Orleans for collector car auction

1958 Chevrolet Impala is among featured lots | Vicari Auctions photos
1958 Chevrolet Impala is among featured lots | Vicari Auctions photos

A trio of vintage Chevrolets and a 1960 AMC Rambler Ambassador formerly displayed in a museum are among the highlights of the docket for Vicari Auction Company’s seventh annual New Orleans Collector Car Auction, scheduled for July 8 at Mardi Gras World.

The Chevrolets include a five-time NCRS regional Top Flight award-winning 1967 Corvette, a 1955 Bel Air that won three awards at the 2016 Tri-Five in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a 1958 Impala. The Ambassador was formerly part of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum. Continue reading

90 years ago, Mercedes unleashed its ‘White Elephants’

On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives
On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives

Give someone a “white elephant” and they may laugh at the humor of the gifting of something that not only is useless, but perhaps even lacking in tastefulness. But 90 years ago, if you were offered a “White Elephant” from Mercedes-Benz, you were able to enjoy the dominating sports car of the era.

It was June 19, 1927 when Rudolf Caracciola steered Mercedes’ new Model S — the S short for Sport — to victory in the inaugural race for sports cars at Germany’s brand-new Nurburgring. Adolf Rosenberger finished second another Model S in a race that used both the Nordschleife (North Loop) and Sudschleife (South Loop) of the original roadways. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

GM’s hometown car show spreads across Michigan

One-owner '79 MG Midget, Flint-built '62 Buick Special convertible and '95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
One-owner ’79 MG Midget, Flint-built ’62 Buick Special convertible and ’95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos

Though not as well known nationally as the Woodward Dream Cruise, in a dozen years, Back to the Bricks has become a five-day automotive celebration and cruise-in staged on the brick-lined downtown streets of Flint, the city north of Detroit where Billy Durant started General Motors and the city where the original batch of America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvettes, were assembled.

For the eighth year, Back to the Bricks has become more than just a Flint event. This month, more than 200 cars have cruised into seven Michigan cities on the Brick’s Heritage Promo Tour. Continue reading

Bonhams adds auction at Italian classic car show

Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy's Auto e Moto d'Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos
Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy’s Auto e Moto d’Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos

Bonhams Motoring Department is expanding its auction calendar for 2017 with a new event scheduled for October 28 in conjunction with the Auto e Moto d’Epoca, which Bonhams says is the most widely attended classic car show in Italy. Continue reading