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.

Driven: 2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali

2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division's second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos
2016 GMC Terrain AWD Denali is division’s second best-selling vehicle | Larry Edsall photos

It’s no surprise that the full-size Sierra pickup truck is the best-selling vehicle at GMC dealerships. Though I was surprised to learn that the second-best seller at those stores isn’t the big Yukon sport utility or the smaller but still three-row Acadia crossover, or even the Canyon mid-size pickup.

The second-best seller in the GMC lineup is the division’s smallest vehicle, the Terrain, a compact (though its design makes it look larger) crossover with seating for five and, in its upscale Denali trim, a lot of luxury features that may be why the Terrain is selling so well. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Cars on Campus 2016

ClassicCars.com was one of the sponsors of the Cars on Campus show at UTI | Larry Edsall photos
ClassicCars.com was one of the sponsors of the Cars on Campus show at UTI in Avondale, Arizona | Larry Edsall photos

Ford Mustangs from different generations, and with different generations of owners, took both Best of Show trophies last weekend in the Cars on Campus car show staged at the UTI — Universal Technical Institute — campus in Avondale, Arizona, with sponsorship from ClassicCars.com and CarStreetJournal. Continue reading

New enterprise is an Airbnb for classic and exotic cars

Rental fleet includes (from left) 1984 Ferrari 308, 1964 Shelby Cobra replica, 1958 MG MGA and 1971 Mini Cooper S | Classics&Exotics photo
Rental availability includes (from left) 1984 Ferrari 308, 1964 Shelby Cobra replica, 1958 MG MGA and 1971 Mini Cooper S | Classics&Exotics photo

So you’re going to be sightseeing in the nation’s capital and you want to be seen as well as see the sights. As of this month, you can rent a 1973 Steyre Puch Pinzgauer 712M to carry you and as many as 13 friends and relatives on your tour.

Don’t need a retired Swiss military troop transport? Well, there are 100 other collector vehicles — and the list is growing weekly — available across the country from Classics&Exotics, a sort of Airbnb created to help classic car owners benefit by renting out their vehicles while also getting potential newcomers to the hobby behind the wheel. Continue reading

New auction house staging initial online sale Saturday

1981 Ferrari 512BBi with 1,600 miles on odometer is among featured lots at The Finest's first sale | The Finest photos
1981 Ferrari 512BBi with 1,600 miles on odometer is among featured lots at The Finest’s first sale | The Finest photos

Bradley R. Farrell and his new The Finest Automobile Auctions stage their first sale Saturday. This inaugural event is an online-only auction featuring some 15 collector vehicles and a variety of automobilia, all available through the Proxibid online portal.

Farrell, who was chief operating officer for the inaugural Keno Brothers automobile auction in 2015, also has The Finest sales scheduled June 11 at Hershey, Pennsylvania, and September 17 at Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and already is working on another online-only sale for July. Continue reading

Auctions America does $20 million in sales in Fort Lauderdale

Cars awaiting their turn across the block at Auctions America's Fort Lauderdale sale | Auctions America photos
Cars awaiting their turn across the block at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale | Auctions America photos

Auctions America opened its 2016 collector car calendar by posting $20 million in sales last weekend at its 14th annual Fort Lauderdale auction. The sell-through rate was 70 percent, and nearly 40 percent of the bidders were new clients for the auction house. Continue reading

Vintage fire-fighting equipment featured at Charlotte AutoFair

The 'Black Mack' has been hot-rodded with a Viper's V10 engine | Charlotte AutoFair photos
The ‘Black Mack’ has been hot-rodded with a Viper’s V10 engine | Charlotte AutoFair photos

A hot-rodded 1944 Mack fire truck street rod known as the Black Mack will be featured in a special display of firefighting vehicles April 7-10 at the Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

The firefighting display, presented by Vintage Fire Truck & Equipment magazine, includes a 1922 Ford that has served the Farmland (Indiana) Fire Department since it was new; a tiny Scat emergency truck designed to reach fires in crowded buildings; specialized fire units built on an International Harvester Scout and a Ford Bronco; and two trucks that served Kings Mountain, North Carolina, in the 1930s. Continue reading

Mullin museum celebrates Belle Epoque cars and carriages

1922 Hispano-Suiza by Labourdette | Mullin museum photos
1922 Hispano-Suiza by Labourdette | Mullin museum photos

The Mullin Automotive Museum opens its next exhibit, Cars and Carriages, a showcase of Belle Epoque-era French vehicles spanning the transition from horse-drawn to early automobiles, on April 9 at the Oxnard, California, museum.

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‘The Professionals’ Capri headed to H&H Classics auction

1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British ‘The Professionals’ TV series | H&H Classics photos

From 1977-1983, Bodie, portrayed by actor Lewis Collins, took on criminals on their own terms in the British television series, The Professionals. His vehicle of choice was a Ford Capri, one of which will be offered at the H&H Classics auction April 20 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1937 Plymouth PT-50 pickup truck

1937 Plymouth PT-50 appears to be in show-ready condition
1937 Plymouth PT-50 appears to be in show-ready condition

That isn’t a misprint. You read it correctly. The pick of the day is, indeed, a Plymouth pickup truck, specifically, a 1937 Plymouth PT-50.

Plymouth produced what were considered commercial vehicles from 1935 to 1942, and launched the Trial Duster in 1974, either as an enclosed sport utility or open-bed pickup. Continue reading

Death Valley, in August, in decrepit cars — what could go wrong?

So does Pinto with fire warning badge automatically catch fire in Death Valley in August? | Larry Edsall photos
Will Pinto with fire-warning sign spontaneously flame in August heat in Death Valley? | Larry Edsall photos

(Editor’s note: Yes, we know today is April Fool’s Day, but the following story is not a joke.)

‘I have never set foot in Death Valley in the summer because I’ve been too terrified,” Jay Lamm admitted as he talked about his plan not only to visit the hottest place on the planet this August, but to bring along a couple dozen of his friends. Although they might be former friends by the conclusion of the inaugural LeMons Hell on Wheels Rally ’16. Continue reading