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.

Pick of the Day: 1957 Chevrolet 210

1957 Chevrolet 210 in Dusk Pearl with white top
1957 Chevrolet 210 in Dusk Pearl with white top

(Editor’s note: With Arizona Car Week underway, Pick of the Day goes on hiatus after today, but it will be back Tuesday, January 17.)

Talk about a case of deja vu! So here I am, clicking through the classified ads on ClassicCars.com, searching out my Pick of the Day, only to discover a car that looks just like the one my parents bought new back when I was a youngster. Continue reading

Economic impact: Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale boosts local economy by $168 million, study reports

Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos
Barrett-Jackson has been the anchor of Arizona Car Week for nearly 50 years | Larry Edsall photos

After nearly every collector car auction, the auction houses publish on their websites a list of all lots that sold, and for how much. Some also will share information on the high bid on lots that didn’t sell. In most cases, the auction houses also issue a news release listing an overall sales total, a sell-through rate and a list of the 10 lots that brought the most money. Continue reading

Fifth graders enthused with their introduction to car collecting

Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos
Fifth graders raise their paddles as they bid on scale models of classic cars | Larry Edsall photos

If you wanted to see enthusiastic bidding on classic cars, you needed to be inside the Worldwide Auctioneers’ tent in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday morning when 120 fifth graders were introduced to the wonderful world of collector vehicles. Continue reading

In praise of one of the unsung heroes of our hobby

Pebble's Sanda Button reads off John Clinard's accomplishments
Pebble’s Sanda Button reads off John Clinard’s accomplishments | David Gooley photos

One of the things about unsung heroes is that they are accustomed to working quietly, diligent and even dogged, and well behind the scenes, where they might go almost unnoticed. But while they personally might be unheralded, the things they do are not.

Fortunately, from time to time, someone does notice such heroes and offers them praise that they find almost embarrassing. Continue reading

Finest auctions working toward Boca Raton, Danbury sales

Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest's first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos
Bradley Farrell preparing for the Finest’s first auction in its Connecticut facility | The Finest photos

Bradley Farrell may be the owner and chief executive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t handle seemingly mundane tasks as his year-old collector car auction company prepares for its upcoming sales.

One of those sales will take place this spring in The Finest Automobile Auctions’ 48,000-square-foot headquarters and showroom in Danbury, Connecticut, where the CEO sweeps the floors when he’s not negotiating for an auction consignment or working on yet another way to revolutionize the collector car auction process. Continue reading

Live, from Scottsdale, it’s Barrett-Jackson: Auction celebrating 20th anniversary of live television

1970 Plymouth Superbird  is among the cars on the docket for Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos
1970 Plymouth Superbird is among the cars on the docket for Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos

Hard to believe that 20 years ago, about the only automotive-oriented programming on television was MotorWeek, produced by Maryland Public Television and seen on many PBS stations. Continue reading

Lancia Spider America headlines Worldwide’s Scottsdale docket

Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America expected to sell for more than $1 million | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America expected to sell for more than $1.2 million | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

A 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, one of only 181 built with left-hand drive, will be the featured vehicle at Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale Auction, the Indiana-based auction house has announced. Continue reading

Mecum opens Kissimmee with muscle-flexing weekend

1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos
1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible is one of 11 | Mecum Auctions photos

Muscle cars were what bidders wanted during the opening weekend of Mecum Auctions’ huge sale at Kissimmee, Florida, where a 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX convertible led the “sold” parade, hammering at $230,000 (Mecum does not include buyers’ premium fees in its price reporting). Continue reading

Catalogs create excitement for Arizona Car Week auctions

Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby's photos by Robin  Adams
Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby’s photos by Robin Adams

Every time I see her, Nicole James of our staff asks me if I’m excited about Arizona Car Week. The auctions, concours and social events affiliated with them are all new to an eager 20-something, so I play the old been-there/done-that curmudgeon and usually grumble something about a week of lost sleep. Continue reading

Coys doubles up again for two auctions in the same day

1965 Iso Rivolta is an unrestored original heading to the Autosport auction | Coys photos
1965 Iso Rivolta is an unrestored original heading to the Autosport auction | Coys photos

Coys staged an auction doubleheader last year and is doing it again, January 14, when it has simultaneous sales, one at the Autosport International gathering in Birmingham, England, and the other at the Interclassics event in the Netherlands.

About 100 classic and sports cars will be offered between the two venues. Continue reading