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.

Ronnie Peterson’s ’72 Lotus Elan heading to auction

This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos

Not only is the 1972 Lotus Elan Plux 2S on the docket for the Historics at Brooklands auction June 11 in England the car originally delivered to Formula 1 racer Ronnie Peterson, but it was the first 130/5 to leave the Hethel production line with a five-speed manual gearbox, the auction company reports in a news release.

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Vauxhall opens its vault to the public on June 12

Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall's annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos
Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall’s annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos

One day a year, Vauxhall, the British brand of General Motors, opens its Heritage Centre collection for public viewing. This year that day is June 12, when two anniversaries will be celebrated — 50 years since the first Viva HB drove off the Ellesmere Port’s production line and 30 years since the last Bedford commercial vehicle was manufactured. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s Max Girardo launching his own sales agency

Max Girardo launching his own classic and collector car sales business in London | Girardo & Co. photos
Max Girardo establishes Girardo & Co. to broker classic car sales | Girardo & Co. photos

After a decade with RM Sotheby’s, much of it as the company’s auctioneer, Max Girardo is leaving to establish his own classic car brokerage, Girado & Co. In addition to being a car specialist and auctioneer, Girardo had been managing director of RM Sotheby’s European operations. The company’s Monaco sale is scheduled for Saturday during Monte Carlo’s historic grand prix racing weekend. Continue reading

Decades later, F1 race car finally gets to compete at Monaco

After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos
After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos

After 55 years, the only South African Formula One racing car finally will compete in Monte Carlo after its acceptance for the Historic Monaco Grand Prix races this weekend. Continue reading

Auctions America does $7.2 million at Auburn Spring sale

All-original 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sells for $238,700 at Auburn Spring auction | Auctions America photos
All-original 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sells for $238,700 at Auburn Spring auction | Auctions America photos

Auctions America’s Auburn Spring auction posted $7.2 million in sales last weekend, a 40 percent boost compared with the same sale a year ago.

“The weather was certainly on our side for the Auburn Spring weekend, bringing record crowds and high energy across all three days of the event,” Megan Boyd, an Auctions America car specialist, said in a news release after the sale. Continue reading

Ford Bronco, VW van popular among ClassicCars.com searchers

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1967 Ford Mustang continued to reign as the most searched-for vehicle on ClassicCars.com in April, though the state of the current collector car market showed in the fact that the number of searches for that and for other leading cars dropped off from previous months’ levels.

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Pick of the Day: 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible

1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history
1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history

Being offered for sale after 50 years of single-family ownership, this 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible comes with what the seller reports to be “unrivaled documentation.”

According to the ad on ClassicCars.com, that documentation includes the original sales order, bill of sale and winter sticker, as well as the owner’s manual, data plate, original keys and knockouts, original 1966 New Hampshire license plates, and “all receipts.” Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra styled to look fast even when parked | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Hyundai Elantra styled to look fast even when parked | Larry Edsall photos

As you might expect, there is a chart in the materials Hyundai prepared for the news media regarding its 2017 Elantra model that compares the car to its likely competitors — the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

But right below that chart is another that compares the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra to the Cadillac CTS (and you read that correctly, CTS, not ATS), Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Acura ILX. Continue reading

Anniversary celebrations set for Silverstone Classic

Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos
Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos

Britain’s Historic Sports Car Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 50-car parade July 31, the final day of the Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend. To demonstrate the breadth of the club’s offerings, plans call for at least three cars in the parade to represent each of the HSCC’s 16 championships and series.

Thus the parade will include single-seater formula cars, sports and GTs, touring cars and even entry-level vehicles from the historic and ’70s road sports and classic clubman groups. Continue reading

Could this be the start of the ultimate restoration project?

Alan Travis draws a crowd of students as he shows his vintage vehicles | Larry Edsall photos
Alan Travis draws a crowd of students as he shows his vintage vehicles | Larry Edsall photos

We are not the first to report that the good news is that the bad news is wrong. In this case, the bad news is that lots of aging collector car owners are fretting over the future of their vehicles. The lament is that the next generations aren’t interested in cars at all, let alone in the preservation or restoration or even the celebration of old ones.

But the good news is that there is growing evidence that young folks do care about cars, and that there are people working hard right now to spread that interest and to be sure that a large enough group of those young car enthusiasts will be equipped to preserve and restore cars for generations to come. Continue reading