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.

Bentley’s first Le Mans racer entered in Britain’s Royal concours

This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos
This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos

The first Bentley to race at Le Mans is among the first batch of cars revealed by the Britain’s Royal Concours of Elegance as it begins announcing the 60 vehicles to be included in the September 1-3 event at Hampton Court Palace.

The Bentley is a 1922 3-Litre (No. 141) which will travel from Australia for the concours. The car finished fourth at Le Mans in 1923 with a four-seat Park Ward body, laying the foundation for victories by the Bentley Boys in 1924 and from 1927-1930. Continue reading

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos
A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Renault Caravelle

1960 Renault Caravelle comes with removable hardtop
1960 Renault Caravelle comes with removable hardtop

Renault unveiled the Floride, its Dauphine-based sports car, at the Paris Salon in the fall of 1958. Even before a price, specifications or production schedule were announced, the company’s American dealer affiliates had orders from nearly 13,000 customers for the car. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals more Villa Erba auction stars

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

At the recent Retromobile collector car celebration in Paris, RM Sotheby’s displayed the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goute d’Eau” coupe that will star at the auction house’s Villa Erba sale May 27. Now, it has revealed two more star cars for the auction, which takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy. Continue reading

Bullitt casing: Lost movie ‘jump’ car found in Baja Mexico

Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was stunt car from movie, Bullitt. Car's co-owner Ralph Garcia Jr. (car shirt) stands next to his car | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report
Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was the stunt car from movie, Bullitt. The car’s co-owner, Ralph Garcia Jr. (wearing car shirt), stands next to refurbished vehicle | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report

The shell of a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback found recently near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is indeed the “jump” car used in the movie Bullitt. That much has been verified by Mustang expert Kevin Marti of the Marti Report. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

What? No Bond, James Bond DB5?

Aston Martins in the windows at Harrod's | Aston Martin photo
Aston Martins in the windows at Harrods | Aston Martin photo

Aston Martin has done a deal with Harrods, the historic London department store, to display a trio of cars in the Knightsbridge display windows. The cars are all new — a DB11, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish S. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

Lamenting the loss of Edd-ucational television

Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos
Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos

Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler

1959 Morris Minor Traveller has undergone rotisserie restoration
1959 Morris Minor Traveler has undergone rotisserie restoration

About a decade before he created the Mini, Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, a car produced from 1948 until 1972 and the first British motorcar to exceed 1 million units sold.

Morris Minors were produced as two- and four-door versions, as convertibles, vans and pickup trucks and, as in the case of Pick of the Day, a 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler, as a station wagon with a wood-framed rear body section and wood rear quarter-panels and rear doors.

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