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.

‘On the Road’ auction: French collector’s American cars

1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1948 Chrysler New Yorker among the American cars collected by the late Andre Weber | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Andre Weber was a scrap medal dealer who also had a gas station on land in what was a rural area on France’s national road 14 a few dozen miles from Paris. As Paris grew, so did Weber’s businesses, which added more filling stations as well as Lancia, Autobianchi and Honda dealerships.

But Weber’s passion was for American cars of a bygone era, and over a period of some 50 years he bought and repaired and maintained and drove them, and now they are being offered at auction from his estate. Continue reading

Owls Head museum site for 39th New England auction

Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos
Bidders check out cars at the 2015 New England auction | Owls Head museum photos

Monterey isn’t the only place to be in mid-August. There’s the Woodward Dream Cruise in the middle of the country and at the far end of the nation from California, the 39th annual New England Auto Auction takes place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on the coast of Maine.

The museum will host an auction vehicle preview August 15-19 with the cars and automobilia up for bidding on the 19th and 20th. This is the inaugural year for automobilia at the sale. Continue reading

Hagerty hosts future designers at ‘test garage’ debut

Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo
Recently retired GM Design chief Ed Wilburn talks about automotive careers | Hagerty photo

Hagerty launched its latest effort to assure a future generation of car enthusiasts when it debuted the “Hagerty Test Garage” program late last month in conjunction with the Buick Club of America’s 50th anniversary car show.

Youths from 12 through 18 were invited to the Historic Vehicle Association’s new national laboratory for a classroom-style session led by Ed Welburn, recently retired vice president of GM Design. Continue reading

Hilton Head celebrates centennial of Anderson, the South Carolina car

The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos
The Anderson was produced from 1916 through 1925 | Hilton Head Motoring Classic photos

Since 1994, BMW has been building a variety of vehicles in South Carolina, where Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plan to open assembly plants in the next two or three years. But many don’t realize that the state’s automotive history spans a full century.

That figures to change this fall when the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance celebrates the Anderson Motor Company, which produced cars in Rocky Hill, South Carolina, from 1916 through 1925. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac DeVille

1961 Cadillac was creatively photographed for its sale
1961 Cadillac was creatively photographed for its sale

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve started playing golf again after nearly 20 years away from the links, or maybe it’s the creative photography done by this car’s owner, but this 1961 Cadillac DeVille is just the sort of vehicle that would turn heads as you rolled up to the entrance of the local country club to deposit your clubs with a caddy.

Oops, sorry for the pun. Continue reading

Simply Japanese show draws more than 1,200 cars to Beaulieu

Classic Datsun Z car on the show field at Beaulieu's Simply Japanese rally | National Motor Museum photos
Classic Datsun Z car on the show field at Beaulieu’s Simply Japanese rally | National Motor Museum photos

Owners of 1,248 Japanese cars drove them to Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu last weekend for the museum’s fifth annual Simply Japanese rally. Continue reading

The original concept car, GM’s Y-Job, joins historic register

Buick Y-Job is considered the first concept car displayed by a major automaker | HVA photos
Buick Y-Job is considered the first concept car displayed by a major automaker | HVA photos

The Buick Y-Job, considered to be the first futuristic concept car, is the latest vehicle selected by the Historic Vehicle Association for inclusion in the National Historic Vehicle Register.

The car, designed Harley Earl and his General Motors Styling team, joins such vehicles as the New York-to-Paris winning Thomas Flyer, the first Meyers Manx dune buggy and the GM Futurliner in the register, a project being done in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Historic American Engineering Record and the archives of the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Coys set for its inaugural Schloss Dyck auction

1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo
1942 Alfa Romeo Le Mans Berlinetta among cars on the Schloss Dyck auction | Coys photo

A 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sprint Le Mans Berlinetta that won best of show at the Spa Italia concours last year is among the more than 80 collector cars being offered for sale Saturday at Coys’ inaugural auction at Germany’s Schloss Dyck. Continue reading

Hagerty sees sales down 7 percent this year at Monterey auctions

D-type Jaguar on RM Sotheby's docket won the 24 Hours of Le Mans | RM Sotheby's photo
D-type Jaguar on RM Sotheby’s docket won the 24 Hours of Le Mans | RM Sotheby’s photo

‘As usual,” Hagerty reports in its annual pre-Monterey Car Week news release, “this year’s Monterey sales will tell the story of how the top of the market is faring.”

In that regard, Hagerty expects total sales of $370 million, a 7 percent decline from the 2015 figure. Continue reading

Commentary: Cautionary tales as we march toward Monterey

Trucks full of collector cars are headed to Monterey for auctions and concours | Larry Edsall photos
Trucks full of collector cars are headed to Monterey for auctions and concours | Larry Edsall photos

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the dockets for the collector car auctions in mid-August on the Monterey Peninsula are beyond spectacular. Even the number-crunching, algorithm-building geeks at Hagerty announce today that they expect total Monterey auction sales to exceed $370 million.

Further, they note, nearly a dozen cars have the potential of selling for $10 million or more, in some case much, much more. Continue reading