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.

Historic De Havilland ‘Dragon’ aircraft on Bonhams’ docket

De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos
De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos

A De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five such historic aircraft still surviving, will be offered at public auction for the first time September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale in England.

“The DH 84 was the executive jet of its day,” James Knight, group motoring director for Bonhams, said in a news release.

“Its ability to cover great distances with at least six passengers and land almost anywhere ensured it was the must-have aircraft of the period – for personal, commercial and military use.” Continue reading

Porsche race car tops Artcurial’s $9.1 million Monaco auction

1974 Porsche RSR claims top sales price at Monaco auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Philippe Louzon
1974 Porsche RSR claims top sales price at Monaco auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Philippe Louzon

Artcurial Motorcars biennial Monaco auction posted $11.4 million in sales Sunday. On-the-block sales totaled $9.1 million for an auction that ran for five hours, but post-block transactions boosted the final figure.

The top sale of the auction was a 3-liter 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR that was purchased for slightly more than $2 million, including buyer’s fees. The car’ had a strong racing history in the United States, competing eight times in the 12-hour race at Sebring and seven times in the 24-hour at Daytona. Its pre-sale estimated value was $1.6 million to $1.8 million. Continue reading

Hot rods (most beautiful and otherwise) featured at Petersen

AMBR winners and other hot rods lined up for Petersen museum exhibit | Petersen photos by Ted7
AMBR winners and other hot rods lined up for Petersen museum exhibit | Petersen photos by Ted7

Things are hoppin’ — quite literally — these days at the Petersen Automotive Museum, which just opened its newest exhibit of Lowriders, some of which can hop and dance. Next up is a Deuce Day celebration of the traditional hot rods that, depending on your age, might have carried you, or your parents, or perhaps even your grandparents from the dry lakes to the sock hop.

Coinciding with the 85th anniversary of flathead-V8-powered 1932 Fords, known among hot rodders as the deuce, is a second-floor exhibit in the museum featuring 10 of America’s Most Beautiful Roadsters. Continue reading

Bonhams celebrates 25 years at Goodwood with $13.1 million sale

'Rolls from Rajputana' is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos
‘Rolls from Rajputana’ is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ 25th annual collector car auction, held Friday in conjunction with the Goodwood Festival of Speed has reported more than $13.165 million in sales with a 62.5 percent sell-through rate.

A 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a 1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight and a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Sedanca de Ville each sold for more than $1 million. Continue reading

Nominate your classic car heroes for recognition

Dustin Troyen started a car show to help children
Dustin Troyan started a car show to help children

As part of the celebration of Collector Car Appreciation Day, scheduled this year for July 14, ClassicCars.com seeks your nominations for our annual salute to Classic Car Community Heroes.

Collector Car Appreciation Day was created by the Specialty Equipment Market Association and is underscored by a U.S. Senate proclamation. Continue reading

Driven only 1,733 miles, ‘69 E-type headed to auction

After 40 years undriven, this E-type is again road ready | H&H Classics photos
After 40 years undriven, this E-type is again road ready | H&H Classics photos

A one-owner 1969 Jaguar E-type 4.2 2+2 driven only 1,733 miles since purchase is headed to auction, and H&H Classics thinks it could be the lowest mileage E-type in the world.

The car is red with beige interior and was last registered for road use 40 years ago. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Dana Chevrolet Camaro racer

Dick Gulstrand couldn't wait for Z/28, so he built his own to race
Dick Gulstrand couldn’t wait for Z/28, so he built his own to race

Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro modified for racing by Dick Guldstrand and later restored to racing spec by Guldstrand’s mechanic. The car is listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a prominent classic car dealership located in Scotts Valley, California. Continue reading

Worldwide gets Taylor collection for Auburn auction

1930 16-cylinder Cadillac limo from Jimmy Taylor collection available Labor Day weekend | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
1930 16-cylinder Cadillac limo from Jimmy Taylor collection available Labor Day weekend | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

More than 30 American classics from the Jimmy Taylor Collection, including a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Limousine and a 1940 Packard Super 8 custom town car, have been consigned to Worldwide Auctioneers’ 10th annual Labor Day weekend sale in Auburn, Indiana. The cars will be offered with no reserve. Continue reading

Year of the Lowrider includes new Petersen exhibition

Gilbert 'Magu" Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7
Gilbert ‘Magu” Lujan created Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan, that will be part of the exhibition | Petersen museum photos by Ted7

Why do Lowriders prefer Chevys? See related story.

2017 is emerging as the Year of the Lowrider.

Consider:

• Historical museums in Colorado and New Mexico recently concluded exhibitions focused on the colorful cruisers with their sometimes hyper-hydraulic suspension systems, and the museum in Santa Fe also published a significant new book on the subject. Continue reading

Chevy is vehicle of choice for Lowriders, and they’re not alone

1968 Chevrolet Impala 'El MuertoRider' by Artemio Rodriguez and John Jota Leanos | Petersen museum photos by Ted7
1968 Chevrolet Impala ‘El MuertoRider’ by Artemio Rodriguez and John Jota Leanos | Petersen museum photos by Ted7

There is a theory that Lowriders tend to favor Chevrolets because of the X-frame chassis General Motors introduced in the late 1950s, an undercarriage design that left room to accommodate the hydraulic suspension systems that enable these highly customized cars to live up to their goal of being driven low and slow. Continue reading