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.

Hagerty’s health of the collector car market check falls again

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For the second month in a row, the Hagerty Market Rating, a complicated algorithm designed to take the pulse each month of the collector car marketplace, fell again in the mid-August to mid-September time period. Based on a 100-point scale, the September rating is 67.74.

Although the number dropped more than half a point from the 68.32 figure for August, it still is within the “expanding market” range, which means the market is neither flat nor overheated. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000

Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored
Austin-Healey 3000 has had same owner since 1973 and has been completely restored

Pick of the Day is a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 that the seller has owned since grad school days back in 1973.

According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car originally was an Arizona car that the seller took to Southern California for seven years before moving to Maryland, where an outfit called Healey Surgeons handled the car’s maintenance from 1980 until 2009. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Vintage Kart Co. Mini Racer

Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos
Vintage Kart of Mesa, Arizona, produces its Mini Racer in kit or turnkey form | Larry Edsall photos

A cyclecar got its name from the fact that it was part motorcycle and part car. Like an early-era motorcycle, a cyclecar had a small, air-cooled engine and rode on skinny, cycle-style wheels and tires. Like an early-era motorcar, it had four wheels and the driver — and sometimes even a tandem-seated passenger — sat within bodywork and used a steering wheel and pedals to stop, to go and to turn. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Goodwood Revival 2016

The start of the new Kinrara Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival | Rolex photos
The start as the sun sets of the new Kinrara Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival | Rolex photos

Each September, the clock turns back to a bygone era of the food, the fashion and fastest cars of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s for the Goodwood Revival in the south of England.

This year, the focus was “Life in 66,” the year the Goodwood Motor Circuit first was closed to motorsports competition, to real, non-vintage racing. It also was the year Jack Brabham won his third Formula 1 racing championship, as well as the year the British soccer team won the World Cup tournament. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Inaugural Leake Motor City auction

A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos
A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos

Jim Ledingham had never been to a collector car auction. But here he was, in the secured section of the garage at the Motor City casino hotel adjacent to the Lodge freeway in Detroit, where he had consigned his 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS to the Leake Auction Company’s inaugural collector car sale in the home of the automobile.

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Gordon Murray’s OX cart, Ford’s tequila shots, plus news ‘n’ notes

OX is designed by Gordon Murray for supply deliveries in the developing world | Global Vehicle Trust photos
OX is designed by Gordon Murray for supply deliveries in the developing world | Global Vehicle Trust photos

Did you know that Gordon Murray has designed a truck, that Ford has a joint venture with tequila-maker Jose Cuervo or that a team at my alma mater may have found a way to recycle rubber? And that’s just for starters as we catch up on some news that we shouldn’t have overlooked… Continue reading

Docket set for inaugural Aspen/Snowmass collector car auction

1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster tops a docket designed for the Colorado mountain environment | The Finest auto auction photos
1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster tops a docket designed for the Colorado mountain environment | The Finest auto auction photos

Rocky Mountain peaks and golden-leafed aspens — it only seems fitting — will provide backdrop for the first classic car auction in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and Bradley Farrell, founder of The Finest Automobile Auctions, thinks he’s assembled a sales docket that fits the local environment.

“For the demographic here, while it’s a very wealthy community and could afford multi-million-dollar cars, it’s not the right thing to do for your first auction here, for the first auction ever here,” Farrell said of the sale taking place Saturday. Continue reading

Mecum to auction 1,200-piece automobilia collection

Husky gasoline sign among 1,200 items collected over 30-year period | Mecum Auctions photos
Husky gasoline sign among 1,200 items collected over 30-year period | Mecum Auctions photos

Assembled over a 30-year period, one collector’s 1,200-piece Road Art trove will be offered for sale October 20-22 at Mecum Auctions’ new Badger Street Facility in Walworth, Wisconsin.

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Bookshelf: Airstream and its founder in a dual biography

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Airstream: America’s World Traveler

His parents divorced, Wallace spent his boyhood summers with an aunt and uncle. When he was 12 years old, his uncle sent him and a flock of sheep up into a pasture in the mountains of Oregon. Wallace’s living quarters was a small, two-wheeled, canvas-topped wagon pulled by a donkey.

Wallace, who for a while took a stepfather’s last name, Davis, as his own, loved being outdoors, and camping. Fast forward a few years and Wallace is married but his wife deplores sleeping in a tent. So Wallace builds a camping trailer. Continue reading

From Iowa barn-find to Best of Show for Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa

This 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa spent decades in a barn in Iowa |Salon Prive photos
This 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa spent decades in a barn in Iowa |Salon Prive photos

A 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa, restored after being found in a barn in Iowa, was awarded Best of Show honors at the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance that was part of the recent Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace in England. Continue reading