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.

Eye Candy: Larry’s Monterey memories 2016

One of my assignments was covering the Tour d'Elegance, where cars were going and coming in a whirl that sort of sums up a week with too many events in too little time| Larry Edsall photo
One of my assignments was covering the Tour d’Elegance, where cars were going and coming in a whirl that sort of sums up a week with too many events in too little time| Larry Edsall photo

So I get home from Monterey Car Week and I sit down to share my memories and I reduce a couple thousand photos down to 72, which is still too many for one of our Eye Candy galleries, so I need to eliminate a few more. But in the meantime, I’m taking a break from that task to put some of my memories into writing.

When it comes down to it, what we write about here at Classic Car News is not cars, but people, because they are the ones who know and who share the stories of the cars. Continue reading

Mercedes making original-spec new parts for pre-war S models

Steuerradsatz für Benzindruckpumpe, nitriert, in Königswellen-Ausführung. Für Mercedes-Benz S, SS, SSK, SSKL (W 06). Nachfertigung von Mercedes-Benz Classic nach Originalspezifikation, 2016. ; Timing gear set for petrol pressure pump, nitrided, vertical-shaft version. For Mercedes-Benz S, SS, SSK, SSKL (W 06). Reproduced by Mercedes-Benz Classic according to the original specification, 2016.;
Timing gear set for vintage gasoline pressure pump | Mercedes-Benz Classic,

Restoring a pre-war Mercedes-Benz just got a little easier as Daimler AG has announced that its Mercedes-Benz Classic department will reproduce original-quality spare parts for such pre-war classics as the S, SS, SSK and SSKL. Continue reading

Petersen announces new exhibits, sets 5-year targets

1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic and a Rembrandt Bugatti sculpture | Larry Edsall photos
1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic and a Rembrandt Bugatti sculpture | Larry Edsall photos

In keeping with its mission of being an educational institution as well as a car museum, officials of the Petersen Automotive Museum shared details at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of upcoming exhibitions and of the museum’s five-year plan. Continue reading

Two museums to benefit from Leake’s Detroit auction

Sale of 1931 Ford Model A-400 will benefit CCCA Museum | Leake Auction photos
Sale of 1931 Ford Model A-400 will benefit CCCA Museum | Leake Auction photos

Two classic car museums will benefit from the sale of three cars at Leake Auction Company’s inaugural MotorCity auction scheduled for September 9-10 in downtown Detroit.

A 1931 Ford Model A-400 will be sold to benefit the Classic Car Club of America Museum while proceeds from the sales of a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 and a 1989 Cadillac Seville will go to the Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum. Both museums are located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan. Continue reading

Renault returns to Bonneville with Etoile Filante and Dauphine

The way it was 50 years ago when Renault brought the turbine-powered 'Shooting Star' to Bonneville | Renault Classic photos
The way it was 50 years ago when Renault brought the turbine-powered ‘Shooting Star’ to Bonneville | Renault Classic photos

In September 1956, the streamlined Renault Etoile Filante set four world speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, two of which still stand.

Earlier this month, the Etoile Filante (Shooting Star in French) was back on the alkaline surface in Utah, and along with it the French automaker sent a Renault Dauphine, a car celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first sale in the American automotive marketplace. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has room for people and stuff | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has room for people and stuff | Larry Edsall photos

I’ve been fascinated by the Ford Transit Connect ever since I did a short drive in the initial Turkish-built version that first arrived in the United States several years ago. More compact commercial vehicle than minivan, the tall and roomy trucklet seemed a more versatile and practical alternative to the typical grocery getter while also providing a great canvas for the delivery needs of the small business owner or contractor.

I liked the Transit Connect so much that last year I inquired of Ford if one equipped with seats and windows instead of delivery racks and windowless side panels might be available for my annual summertime trip, with a daughter or two and assorted grandchildren, to Florida to visit my mother. Continue reading

Atlanta ready to launch its inaugural concours d’elegance

Chateau Elan and its winery are site of inaugural Atlanta Concours d'Elegance | Chateau Elan photo
Chateau Elan and its winery are site of inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance | Chateau Elan photo

Now that we’ve survived Monterey Car Week and the Woodward Dream Cruise, is there anything left on the horizon before much of the country has to put its collector cars away for the winter? Continue reading

Salvadori’s Frazer-Nash ‘Replica’ on Bonhams’ Goodwood docket

Roy Salvadori raced, crashed and raced again in this 1951 Frazer-Nash Replica | Bonhams photos
Roy Salvadori raced, crashed and raced again in this 1951 Frazer-Nash Replica | Bonhams photos

In 1949, a Frazer-Nash finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, prompting the car company to produce some 50 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica for the road and, well, for the race track as well, as it turned out.

One of those cars, a 1951 model formerly owned and raced by Britain’s Roy Salvadori, will be offered for sale September 10 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction at the Goodwood racing circuit in Chichester, West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Price plateau on the peninsula for Monterey auctions

Gooding & Company wraps up the public auction action Sunday night on the Monterey Peninsula | Andy Reid photos
Gooding & Company wraps up the public auction action Sunday night on the Monterey Peninsula | Andy Reid photos

The “best of the best” cars did very well at the auctions held during Monterey Car Week 2016 with seven selling for $10 million. But between them, those seven accounted for nearly a third of the $344.9 million in sales at the five auctions, according to preliminary figures compiled by Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company that has observers at each of the sales.

World record auction prices were paid on the Monterey Peninsula for American, British, French and prewar cars. Continue reading

1936 Lancia Astura takes Best of Show at Pebble Beach

Richard Mattei's 1936 Lancia Astura drives up to receive its Best of Show award | Larry Edsall photo
Richard Mattei’s 1936 Lancia Astura drives up to receive its Best of Show award | Larry Edsall photo

A 1936 Lancia Astura cabriolet with coachwork designed by Pinin Farina won Best of Show honors Sunday at the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Runners-up in the strong more than 200-vehicle field were a 1931 Stutz DV-32 convertible Victoria by LeBaron and a 1938 Delahaye 165 cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Continue reading