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.

Prince Philip’s 1954 Lagonda headed for H&H auction block

1954 Labonda 3-liter convertible originally owned by the Duke of Edinburgh | H&HClassics photos
1954 Labonda 3-liter convertible originally owned by the Duke of Edinburgh | H&HClassics photos

The car that won Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd its first royal warrant — the 1954 Lagonda 3-liter drophead coupe built to the special order of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh — will be offered at H&HClassics auction April 20 at IWM Duxford, Cambs in England. Continue reading

Gooding auction posts big numbers at Amelia Island

Ferrari California Spyder sells for more than $17 million at Gooding | Bob Golfen photo
Ferrari California Spyder sells for more than $17 million at Gooding | Bob Golfen photo

If you had any doubts about how the classic car market has moved in the last few years, consider this from Hagerty, the insurance and car valuation tracking company: In 2011, Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction sold 70 car for $17.9 million. Friday, Gooding sold at 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider for $17.16 million, and did another $22.2 million when its sold 17 of entertainer Jerry Seinfeld’s much anticipated 18-car consignment.

Gooding’s overall sales total for the day, according to Hagerty’s preliminary figures, was $58.8 million, some $22 million more than its record 2012 sale at the same location. Continue reading

Hometown heroes: Land Rovers do well at Silverstone sale

1950 Land Rover Series I station wagon | Silverstone photo by  Justin Harris
1950 Land Rover Series I station wagon | Silverstone photo by Justin Harris

Land Rovers were popular with bidders at Silverstone Auctions’ recent Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show held at the NEC in Birmingham, England, where total sales exceeded £1.5million ($2.16 million). Continue reading

$9.735 million Bugatti paces Bonhams to big day at Amelia

1937 Bugatti 57SC on the block at Bonhams | Bob Golfen photos
1937 57SC becomes second most expensive Bugatti to sell at auction | Bob Golfen photos

Preliminary figures from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, indicate that Bonhams’ auction Thursday at Amelia Island generated $27.3 million in sales with a 65 percent sell-through rate. The sales total was nearly double the figure for the same sale a year ago. The average sales price was more than double the 2015 standard.

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC sports tourer led the way, selling for $9.735 million, including buyer’s fees. Three other cars topped $1 million. Continue reading

Beatles-linked Jag in the bush brings $82,400 at auction

1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos
1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos

The 1963 Jaguar E-type found under a hedge in Bisley, Surrey, England brought £58,000 ($82,400) at Coys’ Spring Classics auction in London.

“The derelict E-type attracted attention from all four corners of the world and bidders in a packed auction room and via telephone fought fiercely for it on Tuesday night,” Chris Routledge, Coys chief executive, said in a news release. Continue reading

Salon Prive returns to Blenheim Palace in 2016

 Jaguar XK120 'Jabbeke' set speed record in 1953 and won Salon Prive in 2015 | Salon Prive photos
Jaguar XK120 ‘Jabbeke’ set speed record in 1953, won Salon Prive in 2015 | Salon Prive photos

Salon Prive, is England’s only professionally judged classic car event, will return to Blenheim Palace for its 11th anniversay event September 1-3, it was announced Thursday. Continue reading

Cars of the ’30s featured at Bonhams’ Mercedes museum sale

Saoutchik-bodied 1935 500 K cabriolet goes to auction | Bonhams photos
Saoutchik-bodied 1935 500 K cabriolet goes to auction | Bonhams photos

Elegant cars of the 1930s highlight the third annual Bonhams Mercedes-Benz sale to be held March 19 at the automaker’s museum in Germany, little more than a week after its sale today at Amelia Island. Continue reading

Can-Am to be highlighted at Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Can-Am cars race through the famed Corkscrew turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca back in the day | Mazda Raceway photo
Can-Am cars race through the famed Corkscrew turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca back in the day | Mazda Raceway photo

BMW, which this year celebrates its centennial, may be the featured marque for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion coming up in August, but Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Wednesday that the “golden years of Can-Am racing” will be highlighted during the Monterey Car Week event. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Rambler Classic Cross Country 660 wagon

1963 Rambler Classic Cross Country 660 station wagon for sale
1963 Rambler Classic Cross Country 660 station wagon ready for excellent adventures

In the late 1980s, Bill and Ted, students at San Dimas High School, did some time traveling, collecting Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Freud, Socrates, Billy the Kid and Napoleon in what amounted to a living history report.

They traveled in a phone booth (remember those?), but their ride of choice could have been the time-capsule 1963 Rambler Classic Cross Country 660 station wagon that is our Pick of the Day, and already is located in San Dimas, California, site of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Continue reading