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.

Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz sets three vintage racer track days

Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos
Mercedes-Benz 190 E This 2.5-16 Evolution II racing car is like the one Roland Asch raced | Mercedes-Benz photos

After a successful debut in 2016, Mercedes-Benz will stage three track days this year in Germany for owners of classic Mercedes racing cars. The dates are March 30 at Hockenheim, August 3 at Zolder and September 19 at Oschersleben. Continue reading

Barn-found Rapier highlights Bonhams’ Harlech auction

1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos
1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos

Recently uncovered within the coach house of Glyn Cywarch, baronial home of the Britain’s Harlech family, a 1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer will be the vehicle highlight of Bonhams’ auction of the property of Lord Harlech. The sale is scheduled for March 29 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street facility in London. Continue reading

Brabhams, Indy racer headline Australian collection auction

Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham's engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos
Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham’s engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos

A collection of American open-wheel and Brabham-built racing cars are being sold March 18 by Lloyds Auctions, an Australia-based sales house. The vehicles come from Brian King’s “The Kings Garage” collection.

The Brabhams are a pair of BG21Bs, one powered by a rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine that is believed to be one of only two or three still in existence. The car was built, owned and raced by Jack Brabham’s engine builder Bob Ilich. To propel the car, Ilich was able to obtain an experimental 1.5-liter SCB Cosworth engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE ‘Fintail’ rally car

1960 Mercedes-Benz is ready to rally
1960 Mercedes-Benz is ready to rally

Whether you’re looking to do an event such as Arizona’s Copperstate 1000 rally or the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, the Pick of the Day,  a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE “Fintail” sedan, might be just the vehicle you need. Continue reading

Ferrari begins 70th anniversary with re-enactment, video

The first Ferrari, the 125 S, leaves the factory complex 70 years ago | Ferrari photos
The first Ferrari, the 125 S, leaves the factory complex 70 years ago | Ferrari photos

On March 12, 1947, Enzo Ferrari drove the first car to bear his name, the 125 S, out of the gates of his modest factory and onto the streets of Maranello, Italy. Seventy years later, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, the Ferrari company recreated that event to kick off the official celebration of the automaker’s milestone anniversary.

Ferrari also released a video (see below) to commemorate the debut. The video begins with the 125 S, a 12-cylinder engine beneath and the Cavallino Rampante on its bonnet, leaving the old factory gates on Via Abetone Inferione, and symbolically passing the baton to the 70th anniversary edition of the LaFerrari Aperta. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible

He bought this Mustang twice for his wife
He bought this Mustang twice for his wife

Ask the experts about still-affordable cars that are moving at a pretty good clip toward becoming more expensive collectible cars, and a consistent response is Fox-bodied Mustangs.

Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and it is still quite affordable, advertised on ClassicCars.com for $9,500 or best offer. Continue reading

Weathering the storm: Amelia auctions total $121.3 million

1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos
1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos

Thunder banged and rain poured Sunday on Amelia Island, Florida. Good thing Bill Warner decided mid-week to move the concours d’elegance up to Saturday. But not necessarily a great thing for the collector car auctions taking place in and around that event. Not only was there confusion, but unexpected competition as the concours and accompanying cars and coffee car show competed for attention. Continue reading

Mullin museum explores the man, marque, mystique of Citroen

A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos
A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos

Peter Mullin admitted that for 35 years, he collected the finest of French cars, starting with Delahayes and then Talbot Lagos, Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Voisins and, at last, the “king of French marques,” Bugattis.

“I walked by Citroens for 35 years without stopping to learn about the history of one of the great marques of France,” Mullin said at the press preview of the newest exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum — “Citroen: The Man, the Marque, The Mystique.” Continue reading

Smith collection does well, XKSS a no sale at Amelia auctions

1957 Jaguar XKSS stalls at $11.9 million at Gooding & Company auction | Bob Golfen photos
1957 Jaguar XKSS stalls at $11.9 million at Gooding & Company auction | Bob Golfen photos

RM Sotheby’s sale of 63 cars from the Orin Smith collection generated $31 million Friday on Amelia Island, where the auction house opened its two-day stand in conjunction with the re-scheduled Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

And RM Sotheby’s wasn’t alone Friday as Gooding & Company staged its one-day auction and Hollywood Wheels started its two-day auction on the island with a Porsche-only Friday docket. RM Sotheby’s concludes its sale today with Motostalgia also sending vehicles across its block. Continue reading