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: Volo Auto Museum

The Duesenberg Room greets visitors as they enter the Volo Auto Museum | Larry Edsall photos
The Duesenberg Room greets visitors as they enter the Volo Auto Museum | Larry Edsall photos

A friend who favors concours d’elegance and the top end of the hobby nearly snorted when I mentioned I was stopping by the Volo Auto Museum to do one of our Eye Candy stories and photo galleries.

Yes, I knew the Volo had a reputation for being as much a glorified classic car dealership as it is an automotive museum, and that many of its true museum displays feature cars (or their stunt doubles) made famous by Hollywood and those we see on big and small screens.

But what I didn’t know was how large the place is, how much else is there to see, or how much I would find myself enjoying the place. Continue reading

Finally completed, 1959 Tojeiro California headed to Russo and Steele auction in Monterey

1959 Tojeiro California blooms after being hidden away for decades | Russo and Steele and Redline Service photos
1959 Tojeiro California blooms after being hidden away for decades | Russo and Steele and Redline Service photos

I had encountered a couple of John Tojeiro’s automotive creations when they participated in the Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally in recent years, and I quickly came to appreciate their engineering and design aesthetics. So when I saw a photo of this 1959 Tojeiro California, its hood, rear deck lid and doors open as if it were a flower in bloom, I had to know more.

I saw the photo when it was included in a news release from Russo and Steele, which has the car on consignment for its upcoming collector car auction next month in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Collector car market heats up as we head to Monterey

Hagerty July Market Rating
Hagerty July 2016 market rating

For the first time in four months, the Hagerty Market Rating posted a “sizable increase,” according to the classic car insurance and valuation-tracking company. The July rating of 69.07 is 0.17 points better than the final figure for June. Continue reading

Sam and Emily Mann consign five cars to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, including 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

RM Sotheby's expects the Manns' 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B to sell for more than $20 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Darin Schnabel
RM Sotheby’s expects the Manns’ 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B to sell for more than $20 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Darin Schnabel

Sam and Emily Mann are up there at the pinnacle of American car collectors. Vehicles from their collection have won best of show honors at concours across the country, including four times in the past 25 years at Pebble Beach, where only the late Bill Harrah achieved a similar record and where only J.B. Nethercutt exceeded it with six such trophies.

But as years advance, priorities change and the Manns have decided to offer five cars from their collection for sale next month at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, where the auction house anticipates that the Manns’ 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B will set “a new auction benchmark for a pre-war automobile.” Continue reading

Commentary: When did Ford LTD become a collector car?

First car up for bidding at RM Sotheby's Motor City auction will be this 1970 LTD | RM Sotheby's photo
First car up for bidding at RM Sotheby’s Motor City auction will be this 1970 LTD | RM Sotheby’s photos

You know the axiom that a photograph is worth a thousand words, right? Well, I’m glad that the axiom is wrong, as I just discovered while starting to page through the catalog for RM Sotheby’s upcoming Motor City auction. Continue reading

Martins memorial car show to feature tow trucks

Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage 1950 Dodge tow truck and pickup were displayed at recent Iola Old Car Show | Larry Edsall photos

As the Labor Day weekend began last year, John Martins was on his way back from a job when the tow truck he owned and was driving plunged down an embankment and caught fire. As much as 90 percent of his body sustained second and third-degree burns when he was airlifted to a hospital in Rhode Island.

Although doctors figured he would survive no more than 72 hours, Martins stayed alive for 23 days. Continue reading

BMW celebrating centennial at Monterey Car Week

BMW North America at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
BMW 3.0 CSi racer on the track at Laguna Seca where Monterey Motorsports Reunion will be held| BMW North America photo

BMW will stage its largest centennial celebration outside Germany during Monterey Car Week, when it is the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. BMWs also will participate in the Legends of the Autobahn concours on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

St. John’s, Pebble Beach set their seminar schedules

1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo
1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo

The Pebble Beach and Concours d’Elegance of America have announced the lineups for informational seminars to be presented in conjunction with their respective and upcoming events. Continue reading

Summer Showcase sale offers 175 vintage tractors

1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin' photos
1918 Twin City 16-30 offered in original condition | Mecum Auctions/Gone Farmin’ photos

Some 175 vintage tractors and assorted agricultural memorabilia will be offered up for bidding when the Gone Farmin’ division of Mecum Auctions stages its Summer Showcase sale August 6 at Midwest Tractor and Plow in Shorewood, Illinois, some 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.

Among the tractors on the docket are a 1918 Twin City 16-30, a completely original 1921 John Deere Waterloo Boy N, and a pair of steam-powered Keck-Gonnerman tractors — a 1932 30-60 N and a 1936 ZW.

The featured collection at the sale comes from Wayne Greenwood and includes 30 tractors and 200 lots of John Deere memorabilia. Greenwood’s father, Lowell, worked for the John Deere Plow Works for 27 years until retiring in 1962.

Also on the docket is a group of 10 restored John Deere tractors from the Chuck Adelsman Collection.

Salone Prive showcases star cars and motorcycles

Mullin museum's 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos
Mullin museum’s 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos

The one-off Alfa Romeo RL Normale Coupe de Ville, a 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire from the Mullin Automotive Museum and more than 20 motorized two-wheelers will be showcased at the 11th Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance at England’s Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace, scheduled for September 1-3. Continue reading