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.

Salone Prive showcases star cars and motorcycles

Mullin museum's 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos
Mullin museum’s 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire headed to British concours | Salone Prive photos

The one-off Alfa Romeo RL Normale Coupe de Ville, a 1923 Voisin Type C6 Laboratoire from the Mullin Automotive Museum and more than 20 motorized two-wheelers will be showcased at the 11th Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance at England’s Salon Prive at Blenheim Palace, scheduled for September 1-3. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Chrysler Newport convertible

1967 Chrysler Newport is one of 2,891 produced
1967 Chrysler Newport is one of 2,891 produced

For the 1967 model year, Chrysler restyled its Newport model line with a new grille, new deck lid and tail treatment, and bodyside panels including a slight but distinctive kickout around the rear wheel.

The Pick of the Day is one of the only 2,891 1967 Chrysler Newport convertibles produced that year. According to the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car has been based in Middle Tennessee since it was new. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Chargers and Trucks featured at Iola Old Car Show

Trucks and Dodge Chargers were the featured marques at the 44th annual Iola Old Car Show. Here, a 1966 426 Hemi Charger rides a 1990 Ford cab over | Photos by Larry Edsall
Trucks and Dodge Chargers were the featured marques at the 44th annual Iola Old Car Show. Here, a 1966 426 Hemi Charger rides a 1990 Ford cab over | Photos by Larry Edsall

So why is one of America’s largest and oldest annual classic car events held in one of its smallest communities? Iola, Wisconsin, has a population of 1,301 residents, neither a stoplight nor a McDonald’s, but for one weekend each year, some 120,000 people gather there to celebrate old cars, the parts that keep them running and the people who preserve them and keep viable this segment of American culture.

Why Iola? Because it’s where Chet Krause was born … well, he was born six miles to the east but was a lifetime resident until his death last month at the age of 92. It was in 1972 that Krause went to the local Lions Club and asked if he and his friends could add a car show to the club’s annual pig roast and auction. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 44th annual Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet

Daryl Skaar shows his restored 1955 Chevrolet array at the Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet | Larry Edsall photos
Daryl Skaar shows his restored 1955 Chevrolet array at the Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet | Larry Edsall photos

Daryl Skaar was working on his family’s Wisconsin farm late one Saturday afternoon when a group of guys from the nearby Janesville automobile assembly plant cruised past. One of them driving a then brand-new 1955 Chevrolet convertible.

Skaar was stricken. Continue reading

‘Red Dragon’ Aston Martin to Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction

Red Dragon adorns the flanks of historic 1936 Aston Martin racer
Red Dragon adorns the flanks of historic 1936 Aston Martin racer | Bonhams photos

Even at post-Brexit exchange rates, £1.6 to £2 million is a lot of money ($2.12 to $2.65 million), but that’s what Bonhams expects to be the sales price for the 1936 “Red Dragon” Aston Martin Speed Model, the star car for the auction house’s sale at the Goodwood Revival vintage racing event September 10. Continue reading

A salute to classic car community heroes and heroines

Mike Novins' 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air gets a 29 cents a gallon fillup on Classic Car Appreciation Day | Hagerty photo
Mike Novins’ 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air gets a 29 cents a gallon fillup on Classic Car Appreciation Day | Hagerty photo

Last week, the classic car hobby celebrated its seventh annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, a day staged under proclamation of the U.S. Senate, promoted by SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association) and involving a series of car shows from coast to coast and border to border. Continue reading

Gooding gains mass of Maseratis for Pebble Beach auction

1957 A6G/54 Spider among a large group of Maseratis on the docket for Gooding & Co.'s Pebble Beach auction next month | Gooding photo (Mathieu Heurtault)
1957 A6G/54 Spider among a large group of Maseratis on the docket for Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach auction | Gooding photo (Mathieu Heurtault)

Ferraris tend to race away with the biggest bids during the Monterey car week auction action, but Maserati figures to get some love as well next month.

In addition to eight Trident-badged cars from the Riverside International Automotive Museum on the RM Sotheby’s docket, Gooding & Company has announced nine Maseratis, five from another single collection, for its Pebble Beach sale. Continue reading

Coys expands its classic car auction schedule

Fontwell Gardens will be site of Coys auction in early September | Coys photo
Fontwell Gardens will be site of Coys auction in early September | Coys photo

British auction hours Coys has added to its 2016-17 sales schedule, announcing the Thoroughbreds and Vintage at Fontwell sale to take place September 8. The date was selected because it precedes the Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle, major auctions in London and Sussex, and the vintage races September 9-11 at Goodwood. Continue reading

1963 Ferrari 330 LMB to Rick Cole’s Monterey auction, not up for bidding but offered as a private sale

1963 Ferrari 330 LMB has racing, movie credentials | Rick Cole Auctions photos
1963 Ferrari 330 LMB has racing, movie credentials | Rick Cole Auctions photos

Rick Cole Auctions stages its revived Monterey sales under a very different format, and now it’s adding another option for those seeking high-end collectible cars: A private sale (aka private treaty) next month at the Marriott in downtown Monterey of a 1963 Ferrari 330 LMB. Continue reading

Brexit obvious but Le Mans Classic sale a success

Artcurial hosted its biennial auction at the Le Mans Classic vintage racing weekend (Artcurial photos)
Artcurial hosted its biennial auction at the Le Mans Classic vintage racing weekend (Artcurial photos)

Think Brexit isn’t having an impact on the collector car hobby and the industry that serves it?

“Despite the glorious sunshine, our great friends the British collectors were sadly missing,” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, said in a news release after the French company’s Le Mans Classic sale this past weekend. Continue reading