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.

Decades later, F1 race car finally gets to compete at Monaco

After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos
After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos

After 55 years, the only South African Formula One racing car finally will compete in Monte Carlo after its acceptance for the Historic Monaco Grand Prix races this weekend. Continue reading

Auctions America does $7.2 million at Auburn Spring sale

All-original 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sells for $238,700 at Auburn Spring auction | Auctions America photos
All-original 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sells for $238,700 at Auburn Spring auction | Auctions America photos

Auctions America’s Auburn Spring auction posted $7.2 million in sales last weekend, a 40 percent boost compared with the same sale a year ago.

“The weather was certainly on our side for the Auburn Spring weekend, bringing record crowds and high energy across all three days of the event,” Megan Boyd, an Auctions America car specialist, said in a news release after the sale. Continue reading

Ford Bronco, VW van popular among ClassicCars.com searchers

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1967 Ford Mustang continued to reign as the most searched-for vehicle on ClassicCars.com in April, though the state of the current collector car market showed in the fact that the number of searches for that and for other leading cars dropped off from previous months’ levels.

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Pick of the Day: 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible

1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history
1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible has 50-year, single-family ownership history

Being offered for sale after 50 years of single-family ownership, this 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible comes with what the seller reports to be “unrivaled documentation.”

According to the ad on ClassicCars.com, that documentation includes the original sales order, bill of sale and winter sticker, as well as the owner’s manual, data plate, original keys and knockouts, original 1966 New Hampshire license plates, and “all receipts.” Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra styled to look fast even when parked | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Hyundai Elantra styled to look fast even when parked | Larry Edsall photos

As you might expect, there is a chart in the materials Hyundai prepared for the news media regarding its 2017 Elantra model that compares the car to its likely competitors — the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

But right below that chart is another that compares the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra to the Cadillac CTS (and you read that correctly, CTS, not ATS), Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Acura ILX. Continue reading

Anniversary celebrations set for Silverstone Classic

Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos
Some of the cars scheduled to participate in the 50th anniversary parade | HSCC photos

Britain’s Historic Sports Car Club celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 50-car parade July 31, the final day of the Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend. To demonstrate the breadth of the club’s offerings, plans call for at least three cars in the parade to represent each of the HSCC’s 16 championships and series.

Thus the parade will include single-seater formula cars, sports and GTs, touring cars and even entry-level vehicles from the historic and ’70s road sports and classic clubman groups. Continue reading

Could this be the start of the ultimate restoration project?

Alan Travis draws a crowd of students as he shows his vintage vehicles | Larry Edsall photos
Alan Travis draws a crowd of students as he shows his vintage vehicles | Larry Edsall photos

We are not the first to report that the good news is that the bad news is wrong. In this case, the bad news is that lots of aging collector car owners are fretting over the future of their vehicles. The lament is that the next generations aren’t interested in cars at all, let alone in the preservation or restoration or even the celebration of old ones.

But the good news is that there is growing evidence that young folks do care about cars, and that there are people working hard right now to spread that interest and to be sure that a large enough group of those young car enthusiasts will be equipped to preserve and restore cars for generations to come. Continue reading

Coys sets docket for its Monaco auction

1967 Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale Continuation car | Coys photos
1967 Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale Continuation car | Coys photos

Coys has announced the docket for its “Legend et Passion” auction May 14 in conjunction with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams also have sales scheduled during the Monaco historics weekend.

Coys sales features a 1968 Cooper BRM T86B works car formerly raced by Lucien Bianchi and Brian Redman, as well as an ex-Thierry Boutsen 1985/86 Arrows A8 Formula 1 race, a 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car, and a 1973 March F3 763. Continue reading

Fused Mustangs showcased at Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

Split personality: 2015 and 1965 Ford Mustangs combined to showcase technology | Ford photos
Split personality: 2015 and 1965 Ford Mustangs  showcase technology | Ford photos

Fifty years of Ford Mustang history will be displayed in a unique side-by-side show car that on permanent display at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which is located on the campus of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

The display fuses the driver’s side of a 1965 Mustang with what appears to be the passenger’s side of a 2015 model but is actually the driver’s side of a right-hand-drive Mustang as sold in the UK, Australia and several other markets. Continue reading

For sale: 240-mph McLaren supercar, serious inquiries only

069 was one of the last McLaren F1s produced | McLaren Special Operations photos
069 was one of the last McLaren F1s produced | McLaren Special Operations photos

For sale: Slightly used (only 2,800 miles) McLaren F1, chassis 069,

60th of 64 street-legal versions produced between 1993 and 1998. Serious inquiries only.

McLaren Special Operations may not have placed such an advertisement, but it has distributed a news release to inform that McLaren F1 069 is available for sale. While the news release includes no asking price, a McLaren F1 — 073 with an upgraded Le Mans-spec engine — sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction last summer in Monterey, California, for $13.75 million. Continue reading