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.

Barn-found vehicles score at H&H sale at motorcycle museum

1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos
1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos

Highlighted by several barn-found vehicles, many from “time-capsule” collections, H&H Classics inaugural auction late last week at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum produced sales of £872,000 ($983,590).

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, said of the Home Farm Collection in a news release. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Buick Skylark convertible

1962 Buick Skylark had V8 power
1962 Buick Skylark had V8 power

Buick launched its compact Special sedan for the 1961 model year, and mid-way through the selling season, it added a sport coupe called the Skylark, a name last used by the GM division in 1954. The two-door came with an upgraded, vinyl interior, standard vinyl-covered roof, optional bucket seats, special exterior trim and wheel covers, and unique housings for its tail lights. Continue reading

All in the family: Leake Auctions celebrates 45 years (and more)

Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives
Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives

In the early 1960s, Nancy Leake’s mother discovered that her husband (Nancy’s father), James, had been hiding his growing car collection in some of the family’s grocery warehouses.

“We had warehouses all over the state,” Nancy (Leake) Sevenoaks recalled. But as roads in Oklahoma improved and deliveries to stores could be made from a centralized location, all those tertiary warehouses were not needed and were put up for sale.

“Daddy had been hiding cars in them and my mother took a puff of her cigarette and said, ‘Jimmy, you have to get rid of some of those damn cars!’ ” Continue reading

Fiat Chrysler hosting roof-top cruise-in this Sunday

Jeep Switchback off-road concept will be at FCA event | FCA photos
Jeep Switchback off-road concept will be at FCA event | FCA photos

To kickoff the grassroots car show season in the Midwest, the design staff of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to host a cruise-in Sunday, June 4, on the top floors of the company’s parking structures in Auburn Hills, Michigan. And to make things especially interesting, the hosts will display several concept and show vehicles, including the Jeep Switchback, Ram Macho Power Wagon and Dodge Durango Shaker.

True to the cruise-in nature, there is no charge to display your car, and all makes and models and eras are welcome, FCA said in its news release. The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon and takes place on the rooftop of parking decks 20 and 21, so there will be room for as many as 600 vehicles to participate.

And, a Chrysler spokesperson added, if the rooftops fill, additional vehicles can be display on the ramps leading to the roofs, or even on lower levels of the parking structures.

Regarding the three Chrysler vehicles that are scheduled to participate, the Switchback in a concept designed with Mopar and Jeep Performance parts to be the ultimate off-roader, the Macho Power Wagon is a lifted heavy-duty pickup designed to go anywhere it can fit, and the Durango Shaker is a lowered (by three inches) three-row sport utility with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 beneath a Shaker-style hood.

Stolen Shelby GT500 headed to Hot August Nights auction

Mustang savvy police officer spotted GT500 stolen 41 years earlier | MAG photos
Mustang savvy police officer spotted GT500 stolen 41 years earlier | MAG photos

On February 9, 1970, Robert Lanyon discovered that his 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 had been stolen. Even though the car remained in the same vicinity, Lanyon would never drive it again.

Forty-one years after Lanyon’s car was stolen, Tim Sullivan, a San Mateo, California, police sergeant and Mustang enthusiast, was following a ’68 GT500 and, out of curiosity, ran its registration. The report came back that the car wasn’t registered as a ’68, but as a 1965 model. Continue reading

Tales from the Black Forest, and beyond

Klaus Ludwig in an AMG-prepared Mercedes-Benz 190 2.5-16 Evo | Mercedes-Benz photos
Klaus Ludwig in an AMG-prepared Mercedes-Benz 190 2.5-16 Evo | Mercedes-Benz photos

You have to wonder what they thought in Tuscaloosa, Spartanburg and Chattanooga last week when it was reported that our President complained during his visit to Europe that German automakers were selling too many of their vehicles in the United States, while American automakers sell very few of their vehicles in Germany. Continue reading

Family-owned since new, pair of 300SLs going to auction

A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs in the garage | Gooding & Company photos by Brian Henniker
A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs in the garage | Gooding & Company photos by Brian Henniker

A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, a 1955 Gullwing coupe and a 1957 roadster purchased by the same man and family-owned ever since, will be offered for sale at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August, the auction company announced.

The cars have been in long-term garage storage and are being offered in unrestored condition and with low mileage. The Gullwing is the only one produced in British Racing Green paint. Continue reading

‘Hoods in the Rear’ is theme for Packard Proving Grounds show

This 1936 Stout Scarab is one of three registered for show at Packard Proving Grounds | Cars R Stars photos
This 1936 Stout Scarab is one of three registered for show at Packard Proving Grounds | Cars R Stars photos

Golf-course fairways provide pleasant places to stage concours d’elegance and many paved parking lots work for caffeinated cruise-ins. But there are venues that provide proper historical backdrops for such events, locations such as the old Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, just north of Detroit.

Each year, the facility is the location for the Cars R Stars show. This year the date is June 11 and the special feature is “Hoods in the Rear.” Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s sets sale at Ferrari factory

Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby's photos
Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby’s photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and part of those festivities will be what RM Sotheby’s terms the “most significant single-marque sale in auction history,” a single-marque auction September 8 at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The auction, RM Sotheby’s promises, will “feature some of the most valuable and sought-after Ferraris on the planet.” Continue reading

Six-pack of E-types — including barn find — in Hall of Fame sale

1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos
1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos

Britain’s Motor Sport magazine stages its Hall of Fame awards June 6 at the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park in Surrey, and H&H Classics will stage a collector car auction as part of the event. The auction will include six E-type Jaguars — perhaps England’s most iconic car.

Among those Jags will be a recent barn-found 1962 3.8 Coupe discovered after long-term storage in North Devonshire. Continue reading