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.

Renault resurrects Alpine as sports car brand

The classic Alpine A110 (left) and the new Vision concept car | Photos courtesy Renault UK Limited
The classic Alpine A110 (left) and the new Vision concept car | Photos courtesy Renault UK Limited

Renault chose the Col de Turini, a mountainous, switchback-filled stage of the famed Monte Carlo Rally, as the location to unveil the Alpine Vision concept car and to announce plans for series production to begin later this year on the sports car. Continue reading

Hagerty monthly marketplace rating takes big tumble

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Hagerty market rating | Hagerty graphic

Hagerty’s market rating for February not only is down for the third month in a row, but the drop from January is the largest one-month tumble since 2009, the classic car insurance and value-tracking company said in a news release Wednesday. Continue reading

Silverstone Auctions heads to Denmark for first sale outside UK

The setting for the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark | Silverstone photos
The setting for the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark | Silverstone photos

Since its founding in 2011, Silverstone Auctions has held all of its sales in the U.K. That changes May 28-29 when the British company ventures to Denmark to stage its first international sale at the Classic Race Aarhus motorsports festival. Silverstone will stage its sale in conjunction with Lauritz.com, a large Scandinavian online auctioneer. Continue reading

More than Corvettes heading to Leake’s OKCity auction

The 'elevator Lincoln' is from the Tom Falbo Collection that also includes 40 Corvettes | Leake photos
The ‘elevator Lincoln’ is from the Tom Falbo Collection that also includes 40 Corvettes | Leake photos

Much has been made of the 40 classic Chevrolet Corvettes, among them a rare 1967 L89 model, that will be offered at no reserve this weekend at the Leake Auction Company’s sale in Oklahoma City. But there’s much more to the auction than those 40 sports cars. So much more that the sale was expanded to three days, starting Friday and running through Sunday.

The Corvettes are part of the 100-car Tom Falbo Collection, which means there are some 60 non-Corvettes that also will cross the block without reserve. Among those cars are a 2005 Ford GT with only 36.3 miles on its odometer, an exotic 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo S, and “the elevator Lincoln.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 GMC Napco panel wagon

1959 GMC Napco panel wagon has been lifted even more than the usual 4x4 setup
1959 GMC Napco panel wagon has been lifted even more than the usual 4×4 setup

Once upon a time, back in the post-colonial days, several of the states we now consider to be Midwestern weren’t states at all but were part of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, which more commonly was referred to simply as the Northwest Territory. Thus a college just north of Chicago known as Northwestern and several companies bearing that name, including Northwestern Auto Parts Company of Minneapolis.

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Volvo checks rear-view mirror as it rolls out new station wagon

Volvo stunned British Touring Car racing with its 850 station wagon | Volvo photos
Volvo stunned British Touring Car racing with its 850 station wagon | Volvo photos

As Volvo prepares for the February 18 unveiling of its newest station wagon, the V90, the Swedish car company celebrated its wagon-building history by showcasing its longtime wagon heritage. Continue reading

Ferrari shooting brake, ‘Casino Royale’ DBS at London show

Vignale-built Ferrari shooting brake | London Classic Car Show photos
Vignale-built Ferrari shooting brake | London Classic Car Show photos

British classic car dealers plan to populate their stands at the second London Classic Car Show on February 18-21 with some one-off vehicles they have for sale.

Among those vehicles is the 1968 Ferrari 330GT Vignale Special, a “shooting brake” built for Luigi Chinetti Jr., son of the American Ferrari importer, and offered for sale by London-based classic car dealer Graeme Hunt. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson yet to decide on schedule for Scottsdale 2017

The fountain in Fountain Hills provides a backdrop for the annual Concours in the Hlls car show | Larry Edsall photos
The fountain in Fountain Hills provides a backdrop for the annual Concours in the Hlls car show | Larry Edsall photos

Craig Jackson said Saturday that he has yet to determine just when on the calendar his company’s annual Scottsdale sale will be held in January 2017.

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Eye Candy: Motoring Thru Time 2016

Paint and chrome: 1955 Buick Century Estate Wagon
Paint and chrome: 1955 Buick Century Estate Wagon

Arizona was still a territory, and some years away from becoming a state, when the Rosson House was built in Phoenix in 1895. At the time, Phoenix had a population of a few thousand, not the few million who live there today, and it would be about a year after the Rosson House’s completion that the first palm tree would be planted in what today is the palm-frocked Valley of the Sun. Continue reading

Bentley’s first Le Mans racer on display at London show

Having top up at Le Mans increased fuel consumption | William Medcalf  Vintage Bentley photos
Having top up at Le Mans increased fuel consumption | William Medcalf Vintage Bentley photos

The first Bentley to race at Le Mans will be displayed at the London Classic Car show February 18-21 before returning to the French racing circuit this summer to take part in the Le Mans Classic race competition. Continue reading