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.

Vendors go to court seeking money from Finest auctions

The auction venue for The Finest sale last year in Aspen | The Finest auction photo
The auction venue for The Finest sale last year in Aspen | The Finest auction photo

Bradley Farrell, founder and chief executive of The Finest Automobile Auctions, still wants to pursue his goal of interactive, online sales of collector cars, but for now the company is not staging additional on-site auctions and is being sued by several vendors for nearly $600,000.

“In a holding pattern,” Farrell said. “The board is deciding what to do next. I (still) want to do a virtual (online) auction. We may restructure.” Continue reading

So many parallels in collecting automobiles and art

A 'mechanical art gallery' is one way to describe a Gooding & Company auction tent | Larry Edsall photo
A ‘mechanical art gallery’ is one way to describe a Gooding & Company auction tent | Larry Edsall photo

Gooding & Company recently distributed a video featuring car specialist Justin Gosaynie. In the video, Gosaynie says his first car was a 1971 Alfa Spider that he had to restore if he wanted to be able to drive it. That led to work as a restoration specialist, then for several major collections, and finally to the collector car auction house. Continue reading

Castle-found collection scores at Spa sale for Bonhams

300 SL roadster tops Bonhams' Spa Classic auction | Bonhams photos
300 SL roadster tops Bonhams’ Spa Classic auction | Bonhams photos

The sounds of Ferrari 250 GTOs, Mercedes-Benz 300SL and McLaren F1s roaring around the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps weren’t the only sounds heard Sunday at the historic Belgian racing circuit. Punctuating that mechanical symphony was the knock of the auction hammer indicating another vehicle had been sold at the Bonhams’ fourth Spa Classic auction.

The boutique sale featured an 80 percent sell-through rate with collector cars from Germany and wearing Mercedes-Benz or Porsche badging. Total sales exceeded $5.35 million. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4

Pick of the Day is an original 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 available after nearly 32 years
Pick of the Day is an original 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 available after nearly 32 years

You know how they say “it’s only original once”? Well, the Pick of the Day fits that description as an original, unrestored 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, otherwise known as a Daytona, one of the most fabled cars in automotive history.

According to the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com, the Ferrari — chassis No. 14831 — was purchased by the current owner on November 21, 1984, at Foreign Cars Italia Inc. in North Carolina. That means the car has been in single ownership for approaching 33 years. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch diesel

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty diesel with King Ranch trim package | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty diesel with King Ranch trim package | Larry Edsall photos

I’m in love. Head-over-heels in love. With a truck.

But this isn’t just any truck. It’s a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab, trimmed out with the King Ranch package and empowered by a whopping and turbocharged 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel-fueled V8.

Oh, and it’s a 4×4, so not only can it pull an RV or boat or horse trailer or, for that matter, a small village (or anything else weighing up to 15,000 pounds), it can go pretty much anywhere you can fit a vehicle that’s nearly 21 feet in length, almost 9 feet wide with its big and lighted power-folding mirrors extended, and is almost as tall as an NBA center. Continue reading

Bookshelf: Winning on the track, and in business

A Champion's Path. Cover
Book cover

Automakers love to talk about technology transfer from the race track to the roadway. And with good reason. What better way to validate the latest in hard- or software than by putting it to the test in the hot, high-pressure and ultra-competitive environment of the race to the checkered flag?

But technology isn’t the only thing that can transfer from raceway to roadway. Continue reading

Street rodders select Memphis award winners

We recently shared photos of the “Pro’s Picks” at the National Street Rod Association’s Street Rod Nationals South in Chilhowee Park & Expo Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Here are some additional award winners from that event, which was staged in the NSRA’s hometown:

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Mustang most popular search, ClassicCars.com data reveals

Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic
Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic

There are several ways to check the pulse of the collector car marketplace. There are auction results, buyer’s guides, and expert analysis. But another is to see what cars people are searching for the most on ClassicCars.com. With more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, classic car dealers and auction houses, the website is the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

For the 2016 calendar year, the Ford Mustang was the most searched-for car. It also led in state-by-state statistics as the most searched-for collector vehicle in 13 of the 50 states. Continue reading

Mecum goes international with vintage tractors in Canada

1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos
1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division is adding a sale to its 2017 calendar, offering more than 300 vintage tractors July 14-15 at its first international on-site event, selling the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers Collection in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.

In its news release, Mecum said Nesbitt’s is “one of the world’s most comprehensive vintage Allis-Chalmers tractor collections” and includes “nearly ever model Allis-Chalmers has ever produced from the early teens up through the 1980s.” Continue reading