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.

Ed Welburn: Management by design

Ed Welburn's sketch of his 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech | GM
Ed Welburn’s sketch of his 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech | GM photos

Funny, isn’t it, how some memories stick with us. News that Ed Welburn is retiring as head of design at General Motors triggered the memory of the day I first heard Welburn’s name.

It was the autumn of 1987. I had just arrived as the new motorsports editor at AutoWeek as Kevin Wilson, the magazine’s auto industry news editor, was returning from Fort Stockton, Texas, where he’d covered A.J. Foyt setting a series of closed-course speed records in an elongated vehicle called the Oldsmobile Aerotech. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1946 Triumph 1800 roadster

1946 Triumph 1800 seats five in a compact package
1946 Triumph 1800 seats five in a compact package

Bicycles starting in 1863, and then motorized two-wheelers in 1902, and even a three-wheeler in 1903, but wasn’t until 1923, well into the automobile age, that Triumph produced its first motorcar.

By 1930, Triumph Cycle had become Triumph Motor Co., although during World War II, its primary product was motorcycles for Allied armies. The British company became part of Standard Motor with post-war automobile production resuming in 1946 with the 1800 sedan and roadster, cars designed to compete head-to-head with Jaguar. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI SEL

2016 VW Golf at Zion National Park | Larry Edsall photos
2016 VW Golf at Zion National Park | Larry Edsall photos

And still champion!

After several decades as the world’s best-selling car, and in many ways not only taking that title from Henry Ford’s Model T but becoming the spiritual successor as well to the car that put the world on mechanically powered wheels, Volkswagen’s Beetle no longer could be made viable as a safe or efficient vehicle. Continue reading

Quattroruote Collection added to RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale

1939 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet has Gangloff coachwork and was factory demo | RM Sotheby's photos
1939 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet has Gangloff coachwork and was factory demo | RM Sotheby’s photos

Yes, there were the Agnellis and their Fiats, and Enzo and his red racing cars, but there are those who will tell you that it was Gianni Mazzocchi who really put Italy on wheels. And now many of Mazzocchi’s own cars will be offered for sale as the Quattroruote Collection at RM Sotheby’s auction May 14 at Monaco. Continue reading

1967 Mustang most popular search on ClassicCars.com in March

1967 Ford Mustang fastback | photo courtesy Mecum Auctions
1967 Ford Mustang fastback | Mecum Auctions photo

For the eighth month in a row, and for the 12th time in the past 13 months, the 1967 Ford Mustang was the most searched-for vehicle on ClassicCars.com during March 2016. As usual, around 20,000 people searched the site for ’67 Mustangs.

Ford expert Kevin Marti, author of the Marti Report documents that verify the histories of various Ford vehicles, thinks the ’67 Mustang’s popularity traces to Eleanor, the name of the star car in the Gone In 60 Seconds movies, both the 1974 original and the 2000 remake featuring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Continue reading

An enduring moment: Toyota uses wood to craft a barchetta

A 'moment' that endures -- Toyota shows its Setsuna concept at Milan Design Week | Toyota photos
A ‘moment’ that endures — Toyota shows its Setsuna concept at Milan Design Week | Toyota photos

It’s Design Week in Milan, Italy, where furniture and fashion designers from around the world display their latest creations. But this year, it seems, one of the highlights of the show is a car, albeit a concept car that draws on tradition to show how attached people, especially families, can become to their vehicles.

The car is Setsuna, a concept from Toyota made primarily of wood. If you’re a classic car enthusiast who laments the dearth of woodworking skills, you should be delighted to see a vehicle that uses wood for the frame, floor, exterior panels and seats. Continue reading

Vintage tractors popular at Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ sale

One of several hundred tractors crosses the block | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photos
One of several hundred tractors crosses the block | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photos

Classic cars and vintage motorcycles aren’t the only vehicles people collect. Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division just staged its largest-ever collector tractor sale with 380 of them crossing the block at the Spring Classic sale in Davenport, Iowa.

With a 94-percent sell-through, the sale posted $3.2 million in revenue, a nearly $1 million increase compared with the same event in 2015. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 Datsun 280Z

Mom's 1977 Datsun 280Z is for sale
Mom’s 1977 Datsun 280Z is for sale

We’ve written a lot at Classic Car News about “future classics,” cars we think are going to escalate in value. Among them, perhaps even foremost among them, are the Datsun Z cars.

But this particular 1977 Datsun 280Z was selected as Pick of the Day not so much because it is an unrestored original with automatic transmission and nearly 175,000 miles on its odometer, but because of its story. Continue reading