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.

Pre-war cars supercharge Bonhams’ Scottsdale docket

Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos
Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos

Owners have consigned two famed and supercharged pre-war cars to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale auction. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi and a Zagato-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 gran sport spider have been added to the docket for the sale scheduled for January 19 at the Westin Kierland resort. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 4 – Records set at Monterey auctions

Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos
Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos

Most of the headlines back in August pointed out that the combined sales total of the various auctions held on California’s Monterey Peninsula were down this year, and not just for 2016 but for the second year in a row! The sky is falling, some Chicken Littles fretted.

But what those headlines and those fretting chickens overlooked was the fact that all-time public-auction records were set within just a few days for American, British, French and pre-war vehicles: Continue reading

Nembo Spyder auction to benefit helicopter rescue team

Richard Allen's Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos
Richard Allen’s Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos

As the story goes, around 1960, engineers Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini left the Maserati racing team to launch their own workshop in Modena, Italy. At first, they produced spare parts needed for sports and racing car owners, but soon they were shaping sheet metal, creating their own bodywork, often taking unused Ferrari chassis and wrapping them in stunning shapes.

The Ferrari 250GT “Breadvan” was one of their projects, and they also were involved in Count Giovanni Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima. Later, after Bonacini left the firm, Neri would supply the distinctive side strakes for the Ferrari Testarossas of the 1980s. Continue reading

Motor City sets scheduled for Autopalooza 2017 events

Iconic Imperial tail lamps at the 2016 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan | Larry Edsall photo
Iconic Imperial tail lamps at the 2016 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan | Larry Edsall photo

We are quick to criticize Detroit automakers for not making more of their heritage as the Motor City, especially compared to their European counterparts which have beautiful museums that celebrate their automaking history and which also regularly participate in vintage car events and shows. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo still wears its original paint
1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo still wears its original paint

The Datsun 240Z triggered the Japanese sports car revolution that would include Mazda’s RX-7 and Miata, Mitsubishi’s 3000GT VR4, Honda’s NSX and S2000, Toyota’s MR2 and Supra, and even the 240Z’s eventually successor, the Nissan 300ZX. Continue reading

Shop Hop: Student field trip as rolling job fair

Shop Hop gives students up-close look at automotive careers -- and more | RPM Foundation photos
Shop Hop gives students up-close look at automotive careers — and more | RPM Foundation photos

The collector car lament goes something like this: Who’s going to want my cars after I’m gone, and even if someone wants them, who’s going to know how to work on them so they can be driven and enjoyed?

But not everyone in the collector car community is lamenting. Some are working to make sure there’s not only a group of people eager to own those cars, but also a group of young people eager to learn and to apply the skills needed to keep those cars on the road as Henry and Carroll and Ettore and Enzo intended. Continue reading

Miura ends 50th anniversary back at namesake farm

Miura drives back to farm where bulls still are bred | Lamborghini photos
Miura drives back to farm where bulls still are bred | Lamborghini photos

Automobili Lamborghini’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration of its Miura model concluded this month with “Back to the Name,” a visit to the bull-breeding farm in Spain that lent its name to a vehicle that established a new standard for sports cars. Continue reading

Jolson, Garroway, DJ cars on Gooding’s Arizona docket

Original 'Today Show' host Dave Garroway was first owner of this 1938 Jaguar SS | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
Original ‘Today Show’ host Dave Garroway was first owner of this 1938 Jaguar SS | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Cars formerly owned by jazz singer Al Jolson, television newsman Dave Garroway, and Los Angeles disc jockey B. Mitchel Reed will add celebrity provenance to the docket for Gooding & Company’s annual Scottsdale auction, which is scheduled for January 20-21, 2017.

The cars are a 1932 Packard Twin Six 906 individual custom convertible sedan once owned by Jolson, a 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3 1/2-liter owned by the Today Show host, who also was a sports car racer, and a barn-found 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster Super once owned by the popular DJ. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 10 – Automobiles in art museums

Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo 'BAT' cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photo
Sculptural curves grace the tail fins of the Alfa Romeo ‘BAT’ cars at the Frist museum in Nashville | Larry Edsall photos

The collector car community and the nation’s art museums both owe a huge “thank you” to Ken Gross, who not only has found a way to convince those museums to display classic cars just as they showcase Renoirs or Picassos, Rodins or Calders, but also a way to convince owners of some of the most exotic and expensive of collector cars to release them to those museums for several months at a time. Continue reading

Beaulieu will do ‘pop-up’ autojumble at classic car show

You can find pretty much anything auto related at the autojumble | Beaulieu photos
You can find pretty much anything auto related at the autojumble | Beaulieu photos

What you might recognize as a rummage sale is called a jumble in England.

Back in 1967, the Montagu Motor Museum held a jumble that was different. Everything for sale on the museum’s lawn was related to transportation, from car parts to books, advertising signs to hood ornaments. They called it an autojumble and it was the first of its kind in the U.K. Continue reading