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.

410 Superamerica Superfast best at Pininfarina concours

Bob and Anne Lee's 410 Superamerica Superfast takes best of show at Pininfarina concours | Pininfarina photos
Bob and Anne Lee’s 410 Superamerica Superfast takes best of show at Pininfarina concours | Pininfarina photos

A Ferrari 410 Superamerica Superfast from the Robert M. Lee Collection was selected last weekend as best of show at the Concours d’Elegance Pininfarina in Alassio, Italy.

Lee, who died earlier this year, twice had cars win best of show honors at Pebble Beach and was the founder of Hunting World, which had more than 100 retail outlets on three continents. A resident of Sparks, Nevada, Lee also led several expeditions to China and was credited with the rediscovery of Marco Polo sheep and the documentation of their migration.

The best of show award at the concours honoring Sergio Pininfarina was presented to Lee’s widow, Anne.

Lancia Flaminia Speciale judged most elegant
Lancia Flaminia Speciale judged most elegant

Lee also endowed a special award for the most elegant car at the Pininfarina concours. That award went to a 1963 Lancia Flaminia Speciale Pininfarina from the Lopresto Collection.

The four-day celebration of the Italian design and coachbuilding compay featured a parade from the Piazza Partigiani through the streets to the waterfront of the port of Alassio.

The chairman’s award went to a 1983 Ferrari 512 BB, the City of Alassio award for the best convertible went to a 1947 Bristol 400 and the most fashionable honors went to a 1951 Lancia Aurelia B50. The Sergio Pininfarina award, given to a car selected by the Pininfarina family, went to a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast.

1947 Bristol 400 judged best convertible
1947 Bristol 400 judged best convertible

Historic Holden, Aussie-built ’37 Chevy headed to auction

Charlie Mccarran's Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos
Charlie Mccarran’s Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos

Charlie McCarron became a Holden dealer in 1959 and has run Canowindra Motors until recently. But at age 84, McCarron has decided it’s time to sell his collection of more than 60 vehicles, including only the 46th vehicle produced by the Australian arm of General Motors.

The auction, run by Burns & Co., is set for October 1-2 at McCarron’s dealership and at the Canowindra Show Grounds in New South Wales. In addition to more than 60 vehicles, dealership signs, workshop equipment, new old stock, spare parts and other items will be offered. Continue reading

Does your collection include Soap Box Derby racers?

Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos
Gravity racers are displayed on the floor, benches and walls of the Soap Box Derby hall of fame and museum | Larry Edsall photos

Twice during a recent week, I encountered very unexpected but very impressive vehicle collections. One was in America’s Midwestern heartland. The other was on the rocky, rugged coast of Maine. While the geography was very different, the vehicles were very similar. They were Soap Box Derby racers, which with age and history are both classic and collectible. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Plymouth Fury

1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii
1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop is located in Hawaii

Here’s a seller who wants his 1964 Plymouth Fury to go to a good home, especially to someone who appreciates vintage Mopars. The asking price is $3,500 for this 1964 Plymouth Fury hardtop.

Note that the car is located in Honolulu, but the advertisement on ClassicCars.com says that transport of the vehicle to either Long Beach, Oakland or Seattle/Tacoma can be arranged for just $1,100. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Owls Head Transportation Museum

Airplanes and automobiles share space within the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine | Larry Edsall photos
Airplanes and automobiles share space within the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine | Larry Edsall photos

When Tom Watson was the head of IBM, he became so used to getting his way that he didn’t use questions marks when he asked a question. That’s because his questions weren’t questions, or even suggestions; they were loosely disguised commands. Continue reading

Leake’s Tulsa docket designed for younger group of bidders

Leake's Tulsa auction action a year ago | Leake Auction photos
Leake’s Tulsa auction action a year ago | Leake Auction photos

The Leake Auction Company launched its annual Tulsa sale 44 years ago, and while the look and feel of the proceedings might remain familiar to old-timers, the cars crossing the block June 10-12 at the River Spirit Expo at the Tulsa Fairgrounds are undergoing sweeping changes, says Richard Sevenoaks, who succeeded his late father-in-law Jimmy Leake as head of the family-owned company.

“Oaks,” as he’s most commonly known, said auction dockets are looking increasingly like high school parking lots did in the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s, and even the very early ‘90s. Continue reading

Finest sets docket for inaugural auction at Hershey Elegance

1949 Maserati A6 1500 coupe among featured vehicles at The Finest's auction at The Elegance at Hershey | Finest photos
1949 Maserati A6 1500 coupe among featured vehicles at The Finest’s auction at The Elegance at Hershey | Finest photos

The Finest Automobile Auction makes its live-auction debut June 11 when it stages a collector car sale in conjunction with The Elegance at Hershey, an annual concours d’elegance held at the famed Hershey Hotel in Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Back to the Future on the ELK Charity Challenge 2016

'Back to the Future' DeLorean was part of the ELK Charity Challenge caravan last week | Larry Edsall photos
‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean on ELK Charity Challenge | Larry Edsall photos

The inaugural ELK Charity Challenge, staged last year in California, featured a genuine Batmobile. The second edition of the Everyone Loves Kids automotive adventure rally was staged last week, featured here yesterday, and took us from Dearborn, Michigan to Lake Placid, New York.

This time, the featured vehicle was the Back to the Future DeLorean. Stephen Wynne, who owns the car and the rights to put DeLorean back into production (which he plans to do after a new U.S. limited-production vehicle regulation goes into effect; there’s a counter on the New Delorean website that’s counting down the days) couldn’t make the trip, but he sent his car anyway and it was a hit at every stop along the route. Continue reading

Stinger Indy car auction generates $900,000 for charity

Stinger is a modern tribute to first Indy 500 winner, the Marmon Wasp
Stinger is a modern tribute to first Indy 500 winner, the Marmon Wasp

With Barrett-Jackson’s lead auctioneer Joseph Mast wielding the gavel, The Stinger, an Indy car autographed by 249 Indy 500 racers, sold for $900,000 last week with all funds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Continue reading

Eye Candy: ELK Charity Challenge 2016

'Back to the Future' DeLorean was popular at stops along the ELK Charity Challenge route | Photos by Larry Edsall
‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean was popular at stops along the ELK Charity Challenge route | Photos by Larry Edsall

Yes, we had a lot of fun along the route we drove this past week from Dearborn, Michigan, to Lake Placid, New York, on the second annual ELK Charity Challenge: Continue reading