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.

My Classic Car: George’s 1964 Plymouth Barracuda

Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine
Buddy tipped George off to this 1964 Plymouth Barracuda with Slant 6 engine

I got a text message from a buddy of mine in Bowman, North Dakota, and he asked me if I knew anybody that would be interested in a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda. Naturally, I asked for some more information about it.

Now this buddy of mine is in his late 50s and he said his mom had a friend that had a daughter that had a ’64 Barracuda and she needed to sell it. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum celebrates 50 years

Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos
Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos

Genevieve Gilmore knew her husband, Donald, would need something to occupy his time after his retirement, so she bought him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration.

It was a strange gift for a man who had never been a car enthusiast. But perhaps he’d just been too busy running the family department store and then a major pharmaceutical company that also was part of the family’s enterprises. Continue reading

Benjafield club carries on in the spirit of the Bentley Boys

Some of the cars that took part in the Yorkshire Buccaneer event | Benjafield’s Racing Club photos
Some of the cars that took part in the Yorkshire Buccaneer event | Benjafield’s Racing Club photos

The Benjafield’s Racing Club annually gathers for a one-off event, themed based on the home local of the club member who is that year’s host. This year the event was held at Jonathan Turner’s home at Bowcliffe Hall in West Sussex, England, where the theme was Yorkshire Buccaneer, complete with Yorkshire tea and Yorkshire Pudding.

Participants brought 41 pre-war cars — 25 of them Bentleys — and worth an estimated $45 million for a climb up Harewood Hill, a drive through Bramham Park, runs on the runways of an RAF base, and even laps around a go-kart track. Much of the rally was held on gravel roads. Continue reading

Before they were classics, we drove them all winter long

McLaren offers a winter driving school using 570S coupes | Pure McLaren photo
McLaren offers a winter driving school using 570S coupes | Pure McLaren photo

Hopefully you not only noticed but cast your vote in our weekly poll last week. Our question was: What are the best classic cars for winter driving? We offered 10 possibilities.

Even before we posted the question, it caused some interesting discussion within the staff.

A couple of us more elderly curmudgeons pointed out that back when today’s classics were just cars, we drove them year around and regardless of the weather. Sure, we may have bolted on a pair of “snow” tires, stuck a piece of cardboard in the radiator, checked the anti-freeze and changed the viscosity of engine oil (some might even have used an electrically heated dipstick). Continue reading

Coys claims ’64 DB5 is first social media sale, largest by an app

1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos
1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos

British auction house Coys says it has sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000 ($1,015,370) and that it not only is “the first time a historic car has been sold directly on social media,” but is the largest known “in-app” purchase of anything to date.

The transaction also was the largest so far via Apple Pay and was done on the Vero platform. Continue reading

‘Yearbook’ reports $1.2 billion in auction sales, down only 1.5%

2015-2016 edition publishes this week | Historic Selectra photos
2015-2016 edition publishes this week | Historic Selectra photos

Sales at major collector car auctions hit $1.2 billion and 201 cars sold for $1 million or more  between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, according to the  21st annual edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, being published Thursday in Padova, Italy, by Historica Selecta. Continue reading

Artist donates 12,000-pound brick Pontiac to Gilmore museum

'Mom's Favorite Car' arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum's vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos
‘Mom’s Favorite Car’ arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum’s vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos

We often write about classic cars as rolling sculpture. Well, the newest vehicle at the Gilmore Car Museum truly is a sculpture, but since it is made of 12,000 pounds of bricks, it doesn’t really roll.

“Mom’s Favorite Car” is the name of the bas-relief brick sculpture that artist Paula Blincoe Collins has donated to the museum. Collins, who has done more than 200 brick sculptures, created the car for the recent ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80 is one of two models that are part of Hyundai's new stand-alone luxury lineup | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Genesis G80 is one of two models that are part of Hyundai’s new stand-alone luxury lineup | Larry Edsall photos

Once simply the most luxurious of Hyundai cars, Genesis has become its own brand. For the 2017 model year, the “luxurious Genesis G90 flagship” and the “mid-luxury Genesis G80” come with the “Genesis Experience,” which Hyundai says includes an industry-best warranty with three years of 36,000 miles of:

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Bonhams posts 94 percent sell-through on vintage motorcycles

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Rare 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight tops Stafford autumn auction at $248,526 | Bonhams photos

Three motorcycles — a 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight, a 1948 Vincent-HRD 998 Black Shadow Series and a 1937 Brough Superior with sidecar combination – each sold for six figures over the weekend at Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford sale. The fall version of the twice-a-year auction of vintage motorcycles generated $1.91 million in sales. Continue reading