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.

Women-owners only Duesenberg headed to auction

1929 Duesenberg Model J has been owned by four people -- all women | Morphy Auctions photos
1929 Duesenberg Model J has been owned by four people — all women | Morphy Auctions photos

We who cover the collector car hobby write a lot about provenance and the effect of such things as ownership history on a car’s value when it is put up for sale. So it will be more than interesting to see what the extremely unusual ownership history of a particular 1929 Duesenberg Model J brings when the car crosses the block October 11 at Morphy Auctions’ Premier Automobile Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania.

The Dusie, with unrestored (original) convertible coupe bodywork (with rumble seat) by Murphy, has had four owners — and all of them have been women. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1926 Ford Model T Tudor

1926 Ford Model T was found after 40 years in a Kansas barn
1926 Ford Model T was found after some 65 years in a Kansas barn

So here’s the story of this barn-found 1926 Ford Model T Tudor (sedan) as shared by its owner, who has it listed in a classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

The car was found in a barn near Mentor, Kansas, after being stored there for more than 65 years. The car had been purchased in 1947 by a local doctor. The doctor said he needed an extra vehicle, but the doctor’s son said the neighbors from whom his father bought the car probably needed money and his father bought the car just to help them out.

Anyway, the doctor parked the car in a corner of the barn and simply left it there. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Classic patina at Cooks Auto Parts

Crashes and classics at Cooks Auto Parts in Harrison, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
Crashes and classics at Cooks Auto Parts in Harrison, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos

You can see them from the road — a two-lane rural highway in northern Michigan — parked nose-to-tail atop a berm in what appears to be a very large automobile salvage yard. I’ve been seeing these rust-colored classic car bodies sitting there for the past five years and finally made a point to stop and ask if I could take a closer look.

“Help yourself,” the fellow at the counter of Cooks Auto Parts told me. So I did. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 19th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

Riverside Park provides the setting for the annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show | Larry Edsall photos
Riverside Park provides the setting for the annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show | Larry Edsall photos

Nash, Packard, Studebaker, Reo, Hupmobile, Pierce-Arrow, Franklin, Graham Paige, Duesenberg, Marmon, Cord, Kaiser, DeSoto, Edsel, Frontenac, Ann Arbor, Willys, Overland, Hudson, Crosley and the list continues.

And more recently: Mercury (and its Canadian cousin, Monarch), Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Plymouth.

And don’t forget the imports: Citroen, Triumph, Lancia, Austin Healey, MG and others.

They are the automotive orphans, automakers either no longer in business or no longer selling cars in the United States. They are gone, but not forgotten, at least not in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where the annual Orphan Car Show is probably the best of its ilk, each fall bringing such orphan cars and their owners together for a Sunday morning and afternoon at Riverside Park. Continue reading

Burt’s back: Bandit ‘dream’ car joins Carlisle Fall AutoFest

Burt Reynolds and the 'dream' machine | Carlisle Events photo
Burt Reynolds and the ‘dream’ machine | Carlisle Events photo

Burt Reynolds will participate in Carlisle Events’ annual Fall AutoFest at the Sun ’n Fun complex November 12-15 in Lakeland, Florida. The actor known for his roles in Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit, among other movies and several television programs, will appear at the Carlisle show in conjunction with his Bandit Dream Giveaway sweepstakes. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Featured class at Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

SuEllyn Rody's 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII among featured convertibles at Orphan Car Show | Photos by Larry Edsall
SuEllyn Rody’s 1960 Studebaker Lark VIII among featured convertibles at Orphan Car Show | Photos by Larry Edsall

The organizers of the 19th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show did something a little different this year. Instead of selecting a particular brand as the featured marque, the cars in the honored Class J grouping were all convertibles. Forty-one were entered. They ranged from a 1926 Willys Knight 66 to a 1988 Yugo Cabrio.

The Class J convertibles were parked closest to the entrance to Riverside Park, where the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum stages its annual showcase of cars from automakers that no longer exist or no longer sell vehicles in the U.S. Continue reading

Halloween treats: Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC among special treats crossing the block at Hilton Head Island | Auctions America photo by Ryan Merrill
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC among special treats crossing the block at Hilton Head Island | Auctions America photo by Ryan Merrill

Hopefully it’s treats not tricks for bidders at Auction America’s inaugural Hilton Head Island sale scheduled for Halloween afternoon October 31.

Recent consignments to what is being billed as 100-vehicle “boutique” sale certainly meet the “treat” criteria, including a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, a Safir-built 1992 Ford GT40 Mk V Spyder, 1965 Maserati Sebring Series II coupe by Vignale, 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera and a Hilton Head best in class 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading

Keels & Wheels shifts date for 2016 concours

Keels & Wheels features collector car and vintage watercraft | Keels & Wheels photo
Keels & Wheels features collector car and vintage watercraft | Keels & Wheels photo

Keels & Wheels, which annually parks some 200 classic cars adjacent to around 100 boats at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, has announced a date change for 2016. Usually held the first weekend in May, the concours d’elegance will be staged April 23-24, 2016. Continue reading

Windsor Castle gets ‘Royal’ concours for queen’s celebration

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Britain’s ‘royal’ concours returns to Windsor Castle in 2016 | Concours photo

It comes as no surprise that organizers of the United Kingdom’s “Royal” Concours d’Elegance confirm that the 2016 edition will be held at Windsor Castle. Windsor was the site of the inaugural concours in 2012 and the 2016 gathering will celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday and the diamond jubilee of her reign. Continue reading