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.

Brightwells schedules three 2017 auctions at Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos
Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos

Bicester Heritage, the former Royal Air Force base in England that has been turned into a 348-acre campus for classic car and vintage aircraft restoration and events, will add auctions to its schedule in 2017 in a partnership with Brightwells.

In business since 1846 and selling art, real estate, livestock, machinery and more, Brightwells added classic car and motorcycle sales to its auction offerings in 2005. Continue reading

Last LaFerrari heads to charity auction this weekend

Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction | Ferrari photo
Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction in Daytona Beach | Ferrari photo

Original plans called for Ferrari to produce 499 examples of its hybrid-powered LaFerrari. But late this summer, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced that one more LaFerrari, the 500th and final, would be produced and sold for charity.

That charity auction is scheduled for Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida, as part of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Britain’s 2017 royal concours set for Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of excellence in 2017 | Royal concours photos
Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of elegance in 2017 | Royal concours photos

Britain’s Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace in 2017. The site of Henry VIII’s riverside retreat also hosted the automotive celebration in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s long reign in 2014.

Established in 2012, the concours features 60 cars posed on the grounds of one of England’s royal castles, with hundreds of other cars and activities staged elsewhere on the property. The concours is scheduled for September 1-3, 2017. Continue reading

‘2,000 Wheels’ auction generates $54.85 million in sales

Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby's photo by Simone Caldirola
Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby’s photos by Simone Caldirola

The challenge was daunting but the reward was overwhelming as RM Sotheby’s staged the largest sale of a single consignor’s collection in European history with the Duemila Ruote (2,000 Wheels) auction, which posted $54,851,698 in total sales with a 100 percent sell-through rate late last week in Milan, where the AutoClassica classics and sports car show also was taking place. Continue reading

Mossgreen with envy: Australian auction sets records

Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos
Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos

With $2.4 million (Australian) in sales, Mossgreen’s recent sale of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia claims the title as the highest by dollar value classic car auction in the Southern Hemisphere in 2016. In U.S. dollars, the auction did $1.79 million. Continue reading

Parade in Paris caps FIVA’s 50th anniversary celebration

More than 100 classic cars from around the world drove through cold and rain in Paris | FIVA photos
More than 100 classic cars from around the world drove through cold and rain in Paris | FIVA photos

‘A Century of Mobile Heritage” display at UNESCO’s headquarters and a tour of Paris by more than 100 classic cars were highlights of “Paris Week,” the finale of the World Motoring Heritage Year celebrated by FIVA, the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens, which staged several events through the year as part of its own 50th anniversary. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Mustang

1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995
1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995

Back in the early 1970s, a man ran a stop sign and slammed into the left-rear quarter panel of my beloved 1969 Ford Mustang fastback as we were driving to dinner on a four-lane country road.

The man told the investigating police officer that his grandson was standing on the front seat and he realized that if he slammed on the brakes after seeing the stop sign, his grandson would have been flung into the windshield — which he was anyway during the resulting impact, fortunately suffering only a minor cut and some bruises. Continue reading

Bentley inspired by ‘Scalded Cats’ heads to auction

1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special was built as tribute to famed 'Scalded Cat' cars | H&H Classics photos
1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special was built as tribute to famed ‘Scalded Cat’ cars | H&H Classics photos

A one-off 1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special inspired by the “Scalded Cats” prototypes headlines H&H Classics’ final auction of the year, the Chateau Impney sale scheduled for December 7 at Droitwich Spa in the UK.

The auction docket includes a “brace of Bristols,” a Bentley Continental R, and even an 1899 Phebus 2.25hp that’s eligible for the London to Brighton Run. But perhaps no car in the auction has a story as intriguing as the black and light blue-colored “Fire Engine” special. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Steve’s 1970 Plymouth GTX

Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos
Car replaced similar one he owned once upon a time | Steve Decato photos

I bought this 1970 Plymouth GTX through ClassicCars.com in 2010. It meant something to me because in 1978 I had almost the identical car that was borrowed — without permission — by my then brother-in-law, only to find itself in a collision with a bus. Continue reading

Supernatural surge: ’67 Chevrolet Impala most searched for car

Jensen Ackles as Dean driving the Supernatural Impala | The CW photo by Katie Yu
Jensen Ackles as Dean driving the Supernatural Impala | The CW photos by Katie Yu

There appears to be a Supernatural reason that the 1967 Chevrolet Impala has become the most searched for vehicle on ClassicCars.com.

Seemingly month in and month out, the most searched for car on the ClassicCars.com marketplace has been the 1967 Ford Mustang. But starting in August, the Mustang was passed by the ’67 Impala. In October, there were 50,000 searches on the site seeking information on the possible purchase of a ’67 Impala. Continue reading