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.

Historic Rolls-Royce vehicles head to auction

1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo

H &H may not have the name recognition in North America of a Bonhams or one of the other big British classic car auction houses, but the company has been in business since 1993 and has an international reputation for high-dollar vehicles.

Its next sale is Saturday (June 20) in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club annual concours and rally at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England, where the docket will include several Rolls and Bentleys among other vehicles. Continue reading

Hagerty Market Rating in June swoon

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Prices may continue to soar at collector car auctions, but the June report of the Hagerty Market Rating sustained its largest decline in the past 14 months, in part because of what Hagerty called “diminishing expert sentiment” in its monthly market rating news release.

The monthly rating was at an all-time high of 72.04 in May, but analysts for the company that sells classic car insurance, and tracks and publishes car valuation guides, noted: Continue reading

Iowa auction distributes Nordland collection

Boss 429 Mustang leads all sales at Ed Nordland Collection auction | Rich Penn Auction photos
Boss 429 Mustang leads all sales at Ed Nordland Collection auction | Rich Penn Auction photos

‘I didn’t know Ed had all these cars,” was a common comment as people in Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,500, attended the preview of the recent Rich Penn Auction to disperse the car and automobilia collection of the late Ed Nordland.

But quietly, Nordland had built his collection over the decades, and for 20 years had been the owner of one of only 271 1969 Boss 429 Ford Mustangs. That Mustang was the star of the sale, attracting not only locals but bidders from distances. The car eventually was hammered sold for $174,000 (price does not include buyer’s fees). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A roadster

1929 Ford Model A roadster is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1929 Ford Model A roadster is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Since I was spending much of the summer in Michigan last year, Jonathan Klinger, vice president of public relations at Hagerty, invited me to meet up one Friday at the Gilmore Auto Museum to help teach a group of teenagers how to drive stick-shifted classic cars.

(Note: If you ever receive such an invitation, accept it; you cannot believe how rewarding it is to a: introduce young folks to old cars and b: to see the joy on their faces when they finally learn to manipulate three pedals with two feet.) Continue reading

Florida I concept takes best of show at Concorso Pininfarina

Influential 1955 Florida I takes best in show honors | Pininfarina photos
Influential 1955 Florida I takes best in show honors | Pininfarina photos

Florida I, a 1955 show car now owned by Corrado Lo Presto, was awarded best in show honors Saturday at the inaugural Concorso d’Eleganza Pininfarina, held at Valentino Castle in Turin, Italy, to celebrate the automobile design and coachbuilding company’s 85th anniversary.

“According to the jury (of judges), this model of 1955 is the car that more than any other expresses the timeless beauty typical of the Pininfarina signature,” the company said in a news release. Continue reading

Leake’s Tulsa auction does $11.7 million in sales

1937 Cord sold to benefit ELK Charity Challenge | Leake Auction Co. photos
1937 Cord sold to benefit ELK Charity Challenge | Leake Auction Co. photos

With a record-number of vehicles crossing the block, the Leake Auction Company posted $11.7 million in sales at its recent Tulsa, Oklahoma, auction. Of the 688 vehicles crossing the block, a strong 74 percent were sold, including 150 from the Chicago-based Klairmont Kollection.

“The strength of the collector car market is evident based on the results of our auction,” Nancy Leake Sevenoaks, daughter of Leake founder Jim Leake, said in a news release. Continue reading

Sinkhole update: Restoration of 1 Millionth Corvette progressing at GM Design

The 1 Millionths Corvette and part of the team that's restoring it | Larry Edsall photos
The 1 Millionths Corvette and part of the team that’s restoring it | Larry Edsall photos

In February 2014, a sinkhole beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum swallowed eight cars, among them the 1 Millionth Corvette built, a white 1992 model. Tuesday, Chevrolet opened the usually off-limits Mechanical Assembly garage within the GM Design building in Warren, Michigan, to a few visitors from the news media to show the restoration work that has been done on that historic car. Continue reading

Pininfarina celebrates 85th anniversary with special Turin concorso

Cisitalia was a breakthrough in post-war automotive design | Pininfarina photos
Cisitalia was a breakthrough in post-war automotive design | Pininfarina photos

Turin, Italy, and Pininfarina celebrate the 85th anniversary of the acclaimed automotive design house and coachbuilder this week with a four-day event that includes the inaugural Concorso d’Eleganza Pininfarina.

An “outdoor motor festival” takes place June 11-14 at the Parco Valentino Salone & Gran Premio and will be highlighted by the concours of Pininfarina-designed vehicles on Saturday, June 13, with 50 examples of the company’s best designs coming from around the world for the showcase event at Valentino Castle, where judges will select the best in show and the most elegant car. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1958 Daimler Ferret

1958 Daimler Ferret can park anywhere you choose
1958 Daimler Ferret can park anywhere you choose

Like the idea of parking anywhere you want, let alone having the crowd-drawing, tifosi-topping star attraction of any cruise-in or car show you might ever attend?

Well, our pick of the day is the vehicle for you. It’s a 1958 Daimler Ferret, technically an armored British military scout car, although what it looks like is a mini tank. The Ferret rides on tires, not treads, but it is topped by a gun turret. Continue reading