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.

Will Coys sale show impact of Brexit on the collector car hobby?

Churchill's 1939 Daimler DB18 was built on chassis that survived factory bombing | Coys photos
Churchill’s 1939 Daimler DB18 was built on chassis that survived factory bombing | Coys photos

We may get a chance to see the impact of Brexit on the collector car marketplace — if any — when Coys stages a 140-car auction Saturday at Britain’s Blenheim Palace in conjunction with the concours d’elegance at the palace that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Continue reading

Eye Candy: RV/MH Hall of Fame, Museum & Library

RVs are displayed along a campground-style roadway in the museum | Larry Edsall photos
RVs are displayed along a campground-style roadway in the museum | Larry Edsall photos

Turns out classic cars, vintage motorcycles, wooden boats, historic aircraft and antique farm tractors aren’t the only vehicles people collect and restore. In northern Indiana, there’s an entire museum of recreation vehicles, from old pop-up campers to vehicles especially created for the likes of Mae West and Charles Lindbergh.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame, Museum & Library is located just off the Indiana toll road at the East Elkhart exit. That only makes sense since the Elkhart area is the heart of RV manufacturing in the United States. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Packard Cavalier

Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years
Packard produced its Cavalier model for only three years

Pick of the Day is a 1953 Packard Cavalier offered with only 71,831 miles since new, and with its exterior in original condition.

“During the mid-1950s, Packard needed to reinforce its identity as a premium luxury car manufacturer in the face of challenges from the Big Three,” the private seller from Trabuco Canyon, California, writes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “With the ever newer car designs of the decade, the visual distinctions that had defined Packard were disappearing, interior luxury and performance were harder to express, and Packard management was regretting its decision to produce the entry-level Clipper series. Continue reading

NY-to-Paris winning 1907 Thomas Flyer joins historic register

1907 Thomas Flyer still running more than a century after winning New York to Paris race in 1908 | HVA photos
1907 Thomas Flyer still running more than a century after winning New York to Paris race in 1908 | HVA photos

The 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the 22,000-mile New York to Paris event in 1908 is the latest vehicle to join the National Historic Vehicle Register, the Historic Vehicle Association announced Thursday.

“The 1908 New York to Paris race was a daunting challenge given the lack of road infrastructure and state of automobile technology of the period,” Mark Gessler, HVA president, said in a news release in conjunction with the official ceremonies honoring the Thomas Flyer during The Great Race. Continue reading

Goodwood Festival opens by unveiling BMW centennial sculpture

Gerry Judah's 20th central  feature with three historic BMW's soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos
Fireworks celebrate Gerry Judah’s 20th central feature with historic BMWs soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos

The latest of sculptor Gerry Judah’s stunning central features was unveiled Thursday night at the kickoff of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The soaring sculpture celebrates the centennial of BMW, the honored marque this year at the festival held at Lord March’s Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. Continue reading

Coys lands Paris Motor Show as collector car auction venue

Poster for the 2016 Paris Motor Show | images from Coys
Poster for the 2016 Paris Motor Show | images from Coys

Britain-based collector car auction house Coys has announced it will stage a “major classic and sports car auction” in conjunction with the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de L’Automobile) on October 8. Continue reading

Found after decades, Costin Nathan racer heads to H&H auction

Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos
Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos

Discovered by a company hired to remove everything from a property, the Costin Nathan racing car will be offered for bidding as a restoration project July 10 at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hillclimb sale in the British Midlands. The car had been hidden away for 45 years. Continue reading

Artcurial showcases star cars for Le Mans Classic auction

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars has released the star cars for its auction July 9 at the Le Mans Classic.

Held every other year in conjunction with the vintage racing weekend at the full and famed Circuit de la Sarthe, the auction and various car shows are based at the Bugatti Circuit, a section of the longer 24-hour race course. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Jaguar 420

1967 Jaguar 420 has 4-speed manual and electric overdrive
1967 Jaguar 420 has 4-speed manual and electric overdrive

The E-type may get the most attention, but it was one of four Jaguar models sold in the United States during the 1967 model year. The others were the 340 and the 420 sedans, the latter available as the 420 or the 420G, the G short for Grand Saloon.

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Jaguar 420, a four-door sedan, which its owner says is a very rare car, indeed. Continue reading