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.

Tractors, toys and more at Gone Farmin’ auction in Iowa

1971 Oliver 1955 Diesel among featured lots at Gone Farmin' auction in Davenport, Iowa | Mecum photos
1971 Oliver 1955 Diesel among featured lots at Gone Farmin’ auction in Davenport, Iowa | Mecum photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division holds its last sale of the year November 10-12, with some 300 vintage tractors, 400 signs and farm “relics” and about 400 farm toys up for bidding at the Iowa Premier at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

1909 Rolls takes Best of Show at new Atlanta concours

DeNean Stafford III accepts Best of Show award from honorary head judge Keith Martin | Atlanta concours photo
DeNean Stafford III accepts Best of Show award from honorary head judge Keith Martin | Atlanta concours photo

A 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owned by DeNean Stafford III of Tifton, Georgia, won Best of Show honors Sunday at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan.

The car, believed to be on the only short-wheelbase chassis of its kind, went to Atlanta after earning best in class honors at Pebble Beach. Continue reading

This road trip hit the high points — all 50 of them

TFLTruck.com crew drove a Jeep Wrangler to the highest drivable point in each of the 50 states | TFLTruck.com photos
TFLTruck.com crew drove a Jeep Wrangler to the highest drivable point in each of the 50 states | TFLTruck.com photos

As I write this, the National Route 66 Motor Tour is making its way from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier along the Mother Road. Someday I hope to be part of that tour, which moseys along, taking two full weeks to do the drive, stopping at all the highlight points along as much of the original road as still remains.

Recently I stumbled across another driving adventure that I think would be a lot of fun, given the right vehicle to attempt it. This being Classic Car News, that vehicle would need to be something along the lines of a vintage Jeep or a Toyota Land Cruiser or British Land Rover Discovery or maybe a classic Ford Bronco. Continue reading

Commentary: I thought Buick already had a great nameplate

Buick selects Avenir as its new and highest expression of luxury sub-brand | Buick photo
Buick selects Avenir as its new and highest expression of luxury sub-brand | Buick photo

I’m told that Avenir is the French word for “future.” So, how long into the future will it be before we see an Avenir at a collector car auction?

Oh, in case you had not heard, Avenir is a new General Motors’ sub-brand, the “highest expression of Buick luxury.” Continue reading

Coys claims record for electric car sold at auction

2009 Tesla Roadster 'Signature Edition' brings $56,735 at collector car auction | Toys photos
2009 Tesla Roadster ‘Signature Edition’ brings $56,735 at collector car auction | Toys photos

Coys is claiming a world auction record for an all-electric vehicle after a 2009 Tesla Roadster “Signature Edition” sold for €50,740 ($56,735) at the company’s sale at the Paris Motor Show. Continue reading

Lingenfelter collection schedules its fall charity open house

Red exotics are part of the Ken Lingenfelter collection that will be open to raise money for charity | Larry Edsall photos
Red exotics are part of the Ken Lingenfelter collection that will be open to raise money for charity | Larry Edsall photos

Ken Lingenfelter, one of the most active of car collectors, will open his collection October 15 at his annual Charity Fall Open House in Brighton, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Waymatic S

1984 Waymatic S is a concession trailer ready for a swap meet or picnic
1984 Waymatic S is a concession trailer ready for a swap meet or picnic

You say you’ve never heard of a Waymatic? Perhaps it’s because it’s not a car.

But as we perused the classifieds on ClassicCars.com we discovered the Pick of the Day, a 1984 Waymatic S concession trailer, being offered for $3,500 by a classic car dealership in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s has a Duesie of a sale at Hershey

1930 Duesenberg on the block and on its way to a $2.09 million sales price | RM Sotheby's photos by Darin Schnabel
1930 Duesenberg on the block and on its way to a $2.09 million sales price | RM Sotheby’s photos by Darin Schnabel

With historic and “fresh-to-the-market” cars doing very well, RM Sotheby’s reported $11.58 million in sales at its 10th annual collector car auction held in conjunction Thursday and Friday with the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Art insider looks in, and buys in, to collector car world

Kenny Schachter bought this 1961 Alfa Spider at RM Sotheby's London sale | RM Sotheby's photo by Cymon Taylor
Kenny Schachter bought this 1961 Alfa Spider at RM Sotheby’s London sale | RM Sotheby’s photo by Cymon Taylor

The New York Times referred to Kenny Schachter as an artist/lawyer/roving curator. For more than 20 years, he has been a curator of contemporary art exhibits for museums and galleries. He teaches art history at the graduate-degree level and his own art has been featured in several one-person exhibits. He also writes for artnet.com, which recently published his two-part ‘Dealer Diary: Of Art & Cars,’ and apparently splits his time between New York and London.

I found his art-world perspective on the classic car hobby fascinating and thought you might be interested in what he has to say: Continue reading

BMW reveals 4 prototypes as it celebrates 30 years of M3

BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos
BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos

In 1986, something called the Internet Engineer Task Force held its first meeting; plans were announced for a tunnel (the “Chunnel”) beneath the English Channel; the National Football League adopted “instant replay;” Microsoft went public; the local Oprah Winfrey Show went coast-to-coast; Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault; “Phantom of the Opera” premiered.

And BMW introduced the M3. Continue reading