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.

Can famed Hudson museum be saved from auction block?

A look inside the Hostetler's Hudsons Auto Museum during a visit in 2014 | Larry Edsall photos
A look inside the Hostetler’s Hudsons Auto Museum during a visit in 2014 | Larry Edsall photos

Unless a new funding scheme can be devised, and quickly, what is considered to be the nation’s best collection of Hudson automobiles seems destined to be dispersed at auction. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Mercury Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar was gift from Ford to civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr.
1970 Mercury Cougar was gift from Ford to civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr.

But this isn’t just any 1970 Mercury Cougar. It formerly was owned by civil rights leader Whitney J. Young Jr., a gift from the Ford Motor Company and owned by the Young family until sold five years ago at  Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction. Continue reading

Gooding lists Italian star cars for Pebble Beach auction

1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Calling them the “Quintessential Gentleman’s Lineup of Italian Sports Cars,” Gooding & Company has announced seven classic Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat automobiles for the Pebble Beach auction scheduled for August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Combined, the vehicles have a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $25 million, according to Gooding & Company. Continue reading

Goodwood Festival of Speed elevates Ecclestone’s F1 career

Goodwood's tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone's reign over F1 | Festival photo by Paul Melbert
Goodwood’s tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone’s F1  reign | Festival photo by Paul Melbert

Gerry Judah has created art to remember the Holocaust for Britain’s Imperial War Museum. He has done set designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company. And since 1999, he has done the huge automotive sculptures that soar above Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Last week, his latest Goodwood sculpture was designed to recognize the long motorsports career of former Formula One chieftain Bernie Ecclestone. Three of the cars mounted on the lanes that spun off a circle towering some 100 feet were selected to reflect specific F1 eras ruled by Ecclestone. Those cars were a Lotus, a Ferrari and a Mercedes. Continue reading

Bugatti that served as target practice now headed to auction

Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos
Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos

A 1929 Bugatti Type 44, now wearing restored Vanvooren bodywork from a car formerly owned by the Peugeot family and used for target practice by invading Nazi troops who occupied the family’s chateau, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics auction July 26 at Britain’s Imperial War Museum, the auction house has announced.

Unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1927, Bugatti’s Type 44 was reported by Motorsport magazine to be the company’s “first serious attempt at a touring car.” The chassis was basically that of the Type 38 but with the axles and manual transmission from the Type 40/43 models. Continue reading

The Fiat 500 is having quite a 60th birthday party

Adrian Broidy appears in Fiat 500 short film | FCA photo
Adrian Broidy appears in Fiat 500 short film | FCA photo

Recently, the compact car — initially introduced on July 4, 1957, was featured on an Italian postage stamp.

On the Fourth of July, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, announced it had acquired a Fiat 500 F series, the most popular version produced from 1965 to 1972, as part of its permanent collection. Continue reading

Car talking about d’Lemons (Euro style) and some salt (flats)

Setting for the 2017 Concours de l'Ordinaire   Hagery photos
Setting for the 2017 Concours de l’Ordinaire
Hagery photos

We have our delightful Concours d’Lemons car shows, but across the pond they have the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional:

“A stunningly rare and original range-topping Hillman Avenger GLS in its finest 1973 bright crimson/purple coachwork — with contrasting black vinyl roof, naturally — is set to join a feast of other beige, brown and taupe motoring heroes from our past, when Europe’s greatest gathering of the ordinary and uncelebrated cars that we all grew up with are presented on the immaculate lawn at Stowe House for the annual Festival of the Unexceptional, Concours de l’Ordináire, being staged by classic vehicle insurance specialist Hagerty on Saturday 22 July.” Continue reading

Artcurial to stage Mercedes-only auction in Paris

The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo
The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo

Artcurial Motorcars and Mercedes-Benz France have announced a single-marque auction this fall that will include 20 vehicles from the collection of Mercedes-Benz France. Around 40 other cars wearing three-pointed stars will be on the docket. Continue reading