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.

Auctions America’s Auburn auction grows with new attractions

16,000-mile 'time-capsule'  1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos
16,000-mile ‘time-capsule’ 1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos

Each Labor Day weekend, Auctions America stages a huge collector car sale in conjunction with the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival in northeastern Indiana. This spring, Auctions America is staging its own classic car festival at its Auburn Auction Park.

In addition to the auctioning of some 450 collector cars — around 200 of them at no reserve — the weekend will include a “retro swap” meet, a Saturday morning “Cars & Coffee,” and an automotive midway. Continue reading

Bonhams claims record for British motorcycle sold at auction

A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos
A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos

Bonhams claims a world auction-record price for a British-built motorcycle with a 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 selling for £331,900 ($481,520) at its Stafford Sale earlier this week. The sale was held in conjunction with the annual Stafford International Motorcycle show in England.

Only 10 BS4 (Brough Superior four-cylinder) bikes were built, and three of them no longer survive. The bikes feature an engine and gearbox from an Austin 7 car. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5

Nissan notes that for the 2016 model year, its mid-size Altima features the company’s new “Energetic Flow” design language that launched with the Murano and Maxima. Also for 2016, Nissan has introduced the Altima SR model which it calls an “affordable sports” version of the car with “enhanced handling, unique exterior and interior accents.”

Sounds great, except the Altima 2.5 SL I’ve been driving doesn’t offer much in the way of energetic flow from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler revolutionizes the minivan with 2017 Pacifica version | Larry Edsall photos
Chrysler revolutionizes the minivan with 2017 Pacifica version | Larry Edsall photos

Ford and General Motors have abandoned the genre, so is the minivan still relevant? Chrysler, or FCA as the automaker is now known, certainly thinks so, and it invested some $2 billion in re-inventing the family-friendly van it launched several decades ago and in which a generation or two of Americans grew up.

No longer is there a Plymouth Voyager or even a Chrysler Town & Country, and the Dodge Grand Caravan is on its way out as well. Replacing them all is the new-for-2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The new name, well, actually a somewhat familiar name, is used to underscore the fact that this isn’t your traditional soccer mom’s minivan but a new and even revolutionary vehicle, in some ways perhaps as revolutionary as that first minivan back in the mid-1970s. Continue reading

Leake does $4.1 million on busy auction weekend

Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos
Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos

Sandwiched geographically between the big Mecum Auction in Houston and the semi-annual Branson Auction in Missouri, Leake Auction Company’s spring Dallas sale posted $4.1 million in business last weekend with 59 percent of the 497 lots selling.

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Star power helps two cars sell for record prices at H&H

Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos
Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos

A car with royal history and one seen several decades ago on British television set world auction price records for their respective makes and models Wednesday at H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Continue reading

Victoria’s Secret owner finally gets his $18.3 million Ferrari

The 'Fearsome Forty-Nine' was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo
The ‘Fearsome Forty-Nine’ was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo

The bidder who paid then-record $18.3 million at a Bonhams auction two years ago finally has won the right to possess his 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, a car known as the “Fearsome Four-Nine.” Continue reading

1931 Talbot 105 Alpine wins Flying Scotsman vintage rally

Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos
Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos

There were 110 historic vehicles and their drivers and co-drivers facing rain, hail, sleet and snow on a 700-mile Flying Scotsman vintage rally that turned out to be the most challenging in the event’s eight-year history. At the finish, a 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine manned by Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner won, ending Bentley’s winning streak.

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Last of the NART Spiders headed to RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider will be offered for sale at Monaco | RM Sotheby's photo by Tom Gidden
1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider will be offered for sale at Monaco | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tom Gidden

No. 11057 wasn’t only the 10th and therefore the last of the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spiders, it was the only example originally sold in Europe of the car like the one Steve McQueen drove in the original The Thomas Crown Affair.

As a result, RM Sotheby’s expects 11057 to be “one of the most valuable automobiles offered at auction in 2016” when it crosses the block at the auction house’s Monaco sale scheduled for May 14.

RM Sotheby’s expects the NART Spider, which also was the third-to-last of all the 275 models built, “to fetch in excess of €19 million,” according to the auction house news release. That number translates to $21.59 million. Continue reading