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.

Four famous concepts join London Classic Car Show

David Brown bought the company after driving Aston Martin Atom | London show photo by Simon Clay
David Brown bought the company after driving Aston Martin Atom | London show photo by Simon Clay

Four concept cars, ranging from the 1939 Aston Martin Atom to the Jaguar C-X75 featured in the James Bond movie Spectre, will be showcased this week at the annual London Classic Car Show.

“Concept cars are no strangers to motor shows, but it’s not often that they reappear decades later as eye-catching classics,” event director Bas Bungish said in a news release. “Their presence at The London Classic Car Show is sure to be a big talking point among intrigued visitors.” Continue reading

25-year wait might be worth it for this taste of Cappuccino

1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos
1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos

When I was one of the editors of AutoWeek magazine, we used to do a semi-regular feature called NFUSS, short for Not For U.S. Sale. These were cars we’d have loved to drive, and for our readers to drive as well, if only they had they been available in the United States automotive market instead of being restricted to their Asian or European homelands.

One of the cars we were eager to feature was the Suzuki Cappuccino, launched in 1991 after being teased two years earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show. Continue reading

Subaru launches celebration of 50th anniversary in America

Subaru was the first with popularly price  four-wheel-drive station wagon | Subaru photos
Subaru was the first with popularly price four-wheel-drive station wagon | Subaru photos

On February 15, 1968, American businessmen Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm launched Subaru of America. Half a century later, the company has started a year-long celebration leading up to its 50th anniversary.

As early as 1965, Bricklin was importing the Fuji Rabbit motor scooter and the little Subaru 360 car. With Lamm, who had been working in his family’s furniture store, he launched Subaru of America to sell distributor franchises, with 13 spread across the country. Continue reading

The Finest does only $2.6 million at Boca Raton sale

1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $197,000 | The Finest photo
1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $189,000 | The Finest photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions sale in conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance posted sales of $2.6 million with a 52 percent sell-through rate.

Those figures include the post-block sales that are part of The Finest’s auction format, which includes a 72-hour sales extension after the last hammer drops at the live auction. Nonetheless, only 37 of the 71 lots offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess

1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess is luxurious British compact
1974 Austin Vanden Plas Princess is luxurious British compact

In the summer of 1960, British automaker Austin offered the Vanden Plas Princess, a large vehicle built on a long-wheelbase chassis and available as a luxurious saloon (four-door sedan) or as a limousine, the latter version with the passenger compartment — full of leather, wood and mohair carpet — separated from the chauffeur with communication between the two areas done by a telephone-style intercom.

But there was another Austin Vanden Plas Princess, which also was a luxury vehicle, but a much smaller one, produced from 1963 until 1974. This car was based on the same Alec Issigonis-designed platform as the MG 1300, Morris 1100, and similar vehicles, and one of these smaller Austin Vanden Plas Princesses is the Pick of the Day. Continue reading

Concours of Texas moving north to Arlington

Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo
Texas Rangers baseball field is adjacent to park where concours will take place | Concours of Texas photo

The Concours d’Elegance of Texas officially has announced its move from Houston to the Arlington Entertainment District, beginning with its events scheduled for April 21-23, 2017.

The 2017 concours will be the sixth annual three-day vintage vehicle-car celebration, and in addition to the cars will feature luxury lifestyle events in what organizers are calling a “wonderful park setting.” Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford Escape SE

2017 Ford Escape is company's second-best seller | Ford photos
2017 Ford Escape is company’s second-best seller | Ford photos

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling automotive apparatus in the United States for going on 3 1/2 decades. That comes as no surprise. However, I was surprised to learn that Ford’s second-best seller is its compact crossover utility, the Escape.

I might have thought it would be the Mustang, or even the Focus. Turns out, it’s the Escape. Continue reading

Deere me: This car is not farm implement

This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere's grandson | Premier auction photos
This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere’s grandson | Premier auction photos

Today we know John Deere for its green-and-yellow farm tractors, but more than a century ago, the company from Moline, which forms a quarter of the Quad Cities on either side of the Mississippi River, also was in the motorcar business. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Coys, ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda return to London Olympia

1936 'Razor Edge' Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos
1936 ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos

Auction house Coys returns to its birthplace February 18 with a sale of 70 collector vehicles at The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, a new “ultra-luxury and lifestyle event” in the Olympia London. Continue reading