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.

Leake lands a 569-mile LaFerrari for its Dallas auction

2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake's Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos
2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake’s Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company is known for providing a parade of nice and reasonably priced collector cars across the tandem blocks that are a feature at many of its sales. Typically, those cars sell for tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But at the company’s recent Oklahoma City sale, every car among the top 10 in sales sold for six figures. That achievement could be surpassed at Leake’s upcoming spring sale in Dallas, where the docket will be topped by a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a car expected to be the most expensive vehicle ever sold by the company that dates to 1972. Continue reading

Royal setting this year for the ‘unexceptional’ car show

The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos
The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos

While the cars might be considered ordinary at best, the setting this year is not as the third annual Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional moves to the grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, the former home of the British Duke of Buckingham.

Set amidst the reportedly splendiferous Capability Brown gardens of the Stowe House, which is located adjacent to the Silverstone racing circuit, what might be considered the concours for the rest of us celebrates “the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” according to the British arm of Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company. Continue reading

Inaugural London concours scheduled for June 8-9

Le Mans' runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos
Le Mans’ runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos

Drive your classic car into the center of Britain’s capital city on a weekday and it’s going to cost you around $15, the London congestion charge for any vehicle produced before 2004. Good thing the inaugural City Concours in London is scheduled for a weekend, when the fees aren’t collected. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Toyota Corolla celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special edition | Toyota photos
Toyota Corolla celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special edition | Toyota photos

Since the automobile was first produced in significant numbers, only three vehicles have claimed the title as the best-selling of all-time. First, of course, it was Henry Ford’s Model T, the car that put the world on wheels. It took a few decades after the last T rolled off an assembly line, but eventually the Volkswagen Beetle could claim the best-selling crown. But it to would be surpassed by the Toyota Corolla. Continue reading

Restored or preserved? Bidders will decide when H&H Classics offers 1967 Porsche 911S twins

Same year, same color, same value? We'll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos
Same year, same color, same value? We’ll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos

Which is more valuable? A completely original and very carefully maintained 1967 Porsche 911 S or its seemingly identical twin that has undergone a 1,500-hour restoration back to and perhaps even beyond factory specification?

We’ll find out March 29 when the two cars are offered up for bidding at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertible

1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower
1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower

It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors. That something different was the Firebird Sprint.

For an additional and mere $116, the Sprint was equipped with Pontiac’s overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed floor-shifted transmission, high-performance tires and special badging. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Silver’s Spring in Arizona auction

Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos
Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos

A couple of days ago, our collector car marketplace analyst Andy Reid shared word that while the tip of the auction iceberg is solid (at least if the car you’re selling is immaculately preserved or restored and has stunning provenance), the values of much of the mass of cars below the surface, those with six-figure valuations, is, well, melting. Continue reading

GAA Classic Cars sets records at Greensboro auction

2006 'Heritage Edition' Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos
2006 ‘Heritage Edition’ Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos

GAA Classic Cars posted more than $12 million in sales with a 76 percent sell-through rate at its three-day March auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company reported.

“It was a strong sale, the crowd was into it, the money was there and we had a great time doing it,” Jerry Barker, GAA general manager, said in the news release. Continue reading

Amelia auctions: $120.5 million with 67 percent sell-through

1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo

With the major auction houses issuing their official post-sale press releases, it appears that the five auctions taking place last week on Florida’s Amelia Island combined to produce $120.5 million in sales.

Of more than 550 vehicles crossing the blocks, about 365 sold, an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent. Continue reading

Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading