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.

RM Sotheby’s reveals more Villa Erba auction stars

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

At the recent Retromobile collector car celebration in Paris, RM Sotheby’s displayed the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goute d’Eau” coupe that will star at the auction house’s Villa Erba sale May 27. Now, it has revealed two more star cars for the auction, which takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy. Continue reading

Bullitt casing: Lost movie ‘jump’ car found in Baja Mexico

Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was stunt car from movie, Bullitt. Car's co-owner Ralph Garcia Jr. (car shirt) stands next to his car | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report
Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was the stunt car from movie, Bullitt. The car’s co-owner, Ralph Garcia Jr. (wearing car shirt), stands next to refurbished vehicle | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report

The shell of a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback found recently near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is indeed the “jump” car used in the movie Bullitt. That much has been verified by Mustang expert Kevin Marti of the Marti Report. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

What? No Bond, James Bond DB5?

Aston Martins in the windows at Harrod's | Aston Martin photo
Aston Martins in the windows at Harrods | Aston Martin photo

Aston Martin has done a deal with Harrods, the historic London department store, to display a trio of cars in the Knightsbridge display windows. The cars are all new — a DB11, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish S. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

Lamenting the loss of Edd-ucational television

Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos
Edd China and one of his projects | Discovery Channel photos

Like so many of you, I was saddened by the news that Edd China is parting ways with the Wheeler Dealers television show, where for 13 seasons he’s educated the world about the proper way to restore nearly 150 vehicles. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler

1959 Morris Minor Traveller has undergone rotisserie restoration
1959 Morris Minor Traveler has undergone rotisserie restoration

About a decade before he created the Mini, Alec Issigonis designed the Morris Minor, a car produced from 1948 until 1972 and the first British motorcar to exceed 1 million units sold.

Morris Minors were produced as two- and four-door versions, as convertibles, vans and pickup trucks and, as in the case of Pick of the Day, a 1959 Morris Minor Deluxe Traveler, as a station wagon with a wood-framed rear body section and wood rear quarter-panels and rear doors.

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Leake lands a 569-mile LaFerrari for its Dallas auction

2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake's Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos
2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake’s Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company is known for providing a parade of nice and reasonably priced collector cars across the tandem blocks that are a feature at many of its sales. Typically, those cars sell for tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But at the company’s recent Oklahoma City sale, every car among the top 10 in sales sold for six figures. That achievement could be surpassed at Leake’s upcoming spring sale in Dallas, where the docket will be topped by a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a car expected to be the most expensive vehicle ever sold by the company that dates to 1972. Continue reading

Royal setting this year for the ‘unexceptional’ car show

The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos
The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos

While the cars might be considered ordinary at best, the setting this year is not as the third annual Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional moves to the grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, the former home of the British Duke of Buckingham.

Set amidst the reportedly splendiferous Capability Brown gardens of the Stowe House, which is located adjacent to the Silverstone racing circuit, what might be considered the concours for the rest of us celebrates “the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” according to the British arm of Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company. Continue reading

Inaugural London concours scheduled for June 8-9

Le Mans' runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos
Le Mans’ runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos

Drive your classic car into the center of Britain’s capital city on a weekday and it’s going to cost you around $15, the London congestion charge for any vehicle produced before 2004. Good thing the inaugural City Concours in London is scheduled for a weekend, when the fees aren’t collected. Continue reading