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.

13 cars from Comer collection going to Mecum’s Monterey sale

1958 Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos
1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos

From an ex-Cunningham Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” sports racer to an unrestored, 39,000-mile Ford Pinto Squire station wagon, and from a 1956 Bimbo racer formerly owned by E.L. Cord to an ex-Bud Moore NASCAR stock car, Colin Comer’s consignments for Mecum’s Monterey auction are eclectic, to say the least.

Oh, and there’s also an Indy car in the mix. Continue reading

Bookshelf: A welcome perspective on classic sports cars

The book cover
The book cover

Talk with car designers about their processes and one of the things they’ll mention is the importance of the plan view, the view of a vehicle from directly overhead.

There is a perspective seen only from directly above that is vitally important to designers as they seek the proper and pleasing proportions for a vehicle. Yet we, the car-buying and car-driving consumers of those designs, rarely if ever get to enjoy such a perspective, which would require a fairly tall and perhaps tippy ladder or venturing out onto a swaying tree branch over the driveway. Continue reading

Gooding adds impressive trio to Pebble Beach docket

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type expected to fetch $5 million to $6 million at auction | Gooding & Co. photo by Brian Henniker
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type expected to fetch $5 million to $6 million at auction | Gooding & Co. photo by Brian Henniker

A supercharged 1928 Mercedes-Benz sports tourer with what is believed to be one-off bodywork, a Bugatti that is one of the last Type 57 chassis produced, and a 1937 Maserati 6CM with significant racing history have been consigned to the Gooding & Company collector car auction scheduled for August 18-19 at Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Auctions America lands ‘most important’ Duesie for Auburn sale

Duesenberg parked in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum | Auctions America photos by Darin Schnabel
Duesenberg parked in front of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum | Auctions America photos by Darin Schnabel

‘The most-important automobile ever offered by Auctions America at Auburn Fall” is what the auction house is calling the 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ “Sweep Panel” Phaeton that will cross the block Labor Day weekend at the annual sale at Auburn Auction Park in northeast Indiana.

The car, bodied by LaGrande, carries Duesenberg engine J-510 and was formerly part of the Lyon Family Collection. Continue reading

Movie documents a motorsports career that ended too soon

Bruce McLaren in one of his dominating Can-Am racers | McLaren movie images
Bruce McLaren in one of his dominating Can-Am racers | McLaren movie images

In mid-June, I shared my experience as a young sportswriter on the day Bruce McLaren died at the age of 32. He’d been the youngest driver ever to win a Grand Prix race, and later only the second to win an F1 event in a car he’d built. He had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He built the cars that dominated the Can-Am series.

Not long after his death, McLaren’s team won Indy, and also the F1 championship, and then they did it again. He’d also begun work on a sports car not for the race track but for public roadways. Continue reading

Low-mileage future classics on Silverstone sales docket

Ford Sierra Cosworth among low-mileage vehicles on auction docket | Silverstone Auctions photos
Ford Sierra Cosworth among low-mileage cars on the docket | Silverstone Auctions photos

OK, so they’re not quite classics, but they certainly can be considered future classics and — very importantly — they are extremely low-mileage examples being offered at Silverstone Auctions sale July 29-30 at the Silverstone Classic festival at the historic British racing circuit. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Pontiac Chieftain (and trailer)

1951 Pontiac Chieftain convertible comes with a trailer
1951 Pontiac Chieftain convertible comes with a trailer

If $59,000 sounds like a lot to pay for a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain convertible, this Pick of the Day also comes with a 2016-model-year Hull 18-foot tilt-bed trailer with protective bulkhead, four-wheel electric brakes and a 9,000-pound load capacity.

On the other hand, $59,000 might be a bargain price for this show-stopping convertible with its straight-8 engine and automatic transmission in Butter Cream Yellow paint with a tan/brown leather interior, the interior redone just two years ago. Continue reading

Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Rhodes trip: Inventor was decades ahead of GPS guidance

Gilmore's showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn't its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos
Gilmore’s showcase of Kalamazoo-made cars isn’t its only tribute to nearby creativity | Larry Edsall photos

Enter the Gilmore Car Museum these days and you are greeted by a display of vehicles produced in nearby Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Kalamazoo: The Other Motor City” is the title of the exhibit that includes several Checkers, one of them from the late 1970s/early ‘80s television series Taxi, as well as assorted vehicles by Roamer, Dort, Handley and Barley, as well as a 1903 Michigan, and even a re-creation of the 1915 Cornelian Speedway Racer, built by the Block Brothers Machine shop and raced at Indy by none other than Louis Chevrolet. Continue reading

Ferrari collection headed to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby's photos by Theodore W. Pieper
Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby’s photos by Theodore W. Pieper

A baker’s dozen of Ferraris, all from a single owner, most offered without reserve, has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey auction, scheduled for August 18-19 at Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, California.

The “Ferrari Performance Collection” comprises 13 cars spanning 50 years of Ferrari history and includes a 1961 250 GT SWB and a 1967 275 GTB/4. Also included are a 1991 F40, a 2011 599 GTO that has been driven only 481 miles and a 1984 512 BBi showing only 533 miles since new. Continue reading