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.

Walking Wendell, the mechanical elephant, will cross the block at Auctions America’s Auburn sale

Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos
Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos

Perhaps the most unusual item on a collector car auction docket, at least since Barrett-Jackson drew national news coverage when it sold Robosaurus, is Wendell the mechanical elephant, which carries a pre-auction estimated value of $250,000 to $400,000 as it walks into Auction America’s Auburn Fall sale this weekend. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit a local charity. Continue reading

Volkswagen celebrating 50 years (plus 3) in motorsports

Formula Vee cars racing in 1968 | Volkswagen Motorsports photos
Formula Vee cars racing in 1968 | Volkswagen Motorsports photos

Fifty years ago, Volkswagen’s Beetle begat a motorsports effort that is being showcased in a special exhibition from September 5 through October 30 at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Germany.

Eight vehicles from across the VW motorsports spectrum will be featured in interactive modules, including video, audio and photographic installations. Continue reading

Monterey sales wrap up: Auction houses report $343.4 million

Race cars, antiques, motorcycles and more. There was something for everyone at Mecum and other Monterey auctions | Larry Edsall photos
Race cars, antiques, motorcycles and more. There was something for everyone at Mecum and other Monterey auctions | Larry Edsall photos

With a few post-block sales still pending, the five auction companies conducting live in-person bidding last week on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California officially have reported total sales of $343.4 million.

That figure is a few million more than previously reported by observers from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company, but Hagerty notes that its observers are not immediately privy to transactions that can occur when a vehicle that doesn’t sell on the block moves to post-sale negotiation, which at some auctions can account for as much as 10 percent of all sales revenue. Continue reading

Notre Dame’s art museum showcases trio of classic cars

1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet among cars in exhibit at Notre Dame's art museum | Notre Dame photos
1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet among cars in exhibit at Notre Dame’s art museum | Notre Dame photos

Exhibitions of automobiles at art museums don’t happen every day and the ones that draw the most attention are those at the big-city museums — Phoenix, Portland, Atlanta, Houston, Nashville, etc. But another if smaller exhibit that figures to be worth the visit opens August 30 at the Snite Museum of Art on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Land Rover Series III

This 1974 Land Rover Series III served with NATO forces, according to its seller
This 1974 Land Rover Series III served with NATO forces, according to its seller

Here’s a vehicle that comes with a story: Pick of the Day is a 1974 Land Rover Series III sport utility vehicle formerly used by NATO forces, the private seller in White Marsh, Maryland, notes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

ACD Festival preparing for 60th anniversary celebration

Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg are line downtown streets | ACD Festival photos
Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg are line downtown streets | ACD Festival photos

In 1956, 14 cars — aging Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, and not one of them having going through what we now recognize as a restoration — were driven to Auburn, Indiana, for a homecoming-style “Parade of Classics” get-together hosted by Delmar and Doris Johnson.

A few years later, and to help raise money to save the old Auburn Automobile Company headquarters building from demolition and later to turn it into a car museum, Johnson and others convinced the local Kruse farm and real estate auction company to stage a sale of classic cars. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars at Pebble Beach

Ten vintage two-man Indy racing cars from 1930-1937 drew attention Sunday at Pebble Beach | Larry Edsall photos
Ten vintage two-man Indy racing cars from 1930-1937 drew attention Sunday at Pebble Beach | Larry Edsall photos

Yes, the row of 16 Ford GT40s along the show of Stillwater Cove was amazing and awesome, as was the adjacent array of Delahayes. But what really revved my engine last Sunday at the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was the Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937 class. Continue reading

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