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.

Pick of the Day: Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom

Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered '32 Ford custom hot rod
Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom hot rod

If your first thought is “why?” then this Ferrari-powered 1932 Ford hot rod is not for you. But for the rest of us, it presents a fascinating juxtaposition that would be sure to attract attention everywhere it goes.

Offered by a classic car dealer in West Hollywood, California, the Pick of the Day is a 1932 Ford custom that’s powered by a turbocharged Ferrari V8 engine. Continue reading

Bonhams adds nearly $16 million to Paris auction total

1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams' Paris auction | Bonhams photos
1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams’ Paris auction | Bonhams photos

Paris’ magnificent Grand Palais provided the setting Thursday for Bonhams’ sixth annual Grandes Marques du Monde auction during the Retromobile collector car celebration. The event posted total sales of €14,923,100 ($15,869,970) with a 70 percent sell-through rate.

The top sale was a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, registration number CML 719, that went for €2,012,500 ($2,151,765). Continue reading

Corvette museum hires curator from the Crawford

Corvettes enthusiasts gather their museum | Larry Edsall photo
Corvettes enthusiasts gather their museum | Larry Edsall photo

Derek Moore is leaving the Crawford museum in Cleveland to become curator of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Moore is the first person to hold such a title at the Corvette museum in more than a decade.

New curator Derek Moore
New curator Derek Moore

“The National Corvette Museum is one of the most welcoming environments I’ve experienced,” Moore said in a news release. “It is an incredible museum and is so unique in that it is focused on one community – and it has that community feeling about it. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s posts record sales at Paris Retromobile auction

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Rene Dargegen
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Rene Dargegen

The auction action taking place during Paris’ Retromobile collector car celebration got off to be great start Wednesday with RM Sotheby’s posting nearly $29.5 million in sales with a 77.9 percent sell-through rate. The final sales total of $29,451,595 was the most ever for the auction house’s Paris sale. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Audi S3

Audi S3 offers power, magnetic suspension in a compact and affordable vehicle | Larry Edsall photos
Audi S3 offers power, magnetic suspension in a compact and affordable vehicle | Larry Edsall photos

Maybe it was the Glacier White Metallic paint that made the 2017 Audi S3 I’ve been driving look like a big egg as it rolled down the road. However, there was nothing either Humpty or Dumpty about this powerful and sporty — and still affordable — entry-level Audi sedan. Continue reading

Paris preview: RM Sotheby’s showcases upcoming auction stars

Uniquely bodied 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export 'Uovo' will be offered at Monterey auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Remi Dargegen
Uniquely bodied 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’ will be offered at Monterey auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Remi Dargegen

RM Sotheby’s will use the Retromobile celebration this week in Paris to showcase two vehicles that will headline two of its auction dockets this summer. The cars are a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi that will be offered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este auction May 27 in Italy and the one-off 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” that will star at the company’s sale August 18-19 on northern California’s Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

London Classic Car Show plans ‘provocative’ 66-car display

1949 Bentley MKVI Countryman Woodie among 66 cars to be featured on The Grand Avenue | Classic show photos
1949 Bentley MKVI Countryman Woodie among 66 cars to be featured on The Grand Avenue | Classic show photos

Sixty-six of what are being called “the world’s most intriguing, unusual, exotic and genre-defining cars” will be featured February 23-26 at the London Classic Car Show in the London ExCeL.

Organizers have sorted those 66 cars into 11 categories “to produce a provocative automotive history embracing the expected, unexpected and the controversial,” they said in a news release. Continue reading

At 68, he’s selling a collection to fund a new search

Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos
Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos

Clive Pearson of Leicester, England, has spent the past 30 years putting together a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel Arrows motorcycles and Ariel parts. Now 68, he is offering it all up at the H&H Classics auction February 22 at Donington Park so he can continue another quest.

No, Pearson isn’t retiring from his passion for collecting. He’s simply selling his collection of Ariels to fund his effort to locate and restore a Kettenkrad, a German tracked motorbike. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Honda N600

Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph
Air-cooled motorcycle engine propels Honda N600 to speeds of 75 mph

After spending a couple of days recently at the vintage motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas, I figured it only would be fitting to use a bike as the Pick of the Day on my next turn. So I searched ClassicCars.com for “motorcycle” and up popped this 1972 Honda N600, which has four wheels not two.

But the engine comes from Honda’s longer history with motorcycles. It’s an air-cooled two-cylinder single overhead-cam unit linked to a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading