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.

Best in Britain: 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia

Bobbies and a Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet at Windsor Castle for the Concours of Elegance | Concours photos
Royal Guards and a Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet at Windsor Castle for the Concours of Elegance | Concours photos

A one-off 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was awarded Best in Show honors at England’s Royal Concours of Elegance, held this year at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading

Commentary: Cooperating museums, sunken automotive treasure

Museum staffs cooperate to get a Stanley Steamer running smoothly | Herb Crosby photos
Museum staffs cooperate to get a Stanley Steamer running smoothly | Herb Crosby photos

We recently reported about a cooperative effort between the Frist art and Lane auto museums in Nashville. The Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums in Germany also did a recent joint venture, swapping some cars and offering reduced admission fees for people visiting both facilities. We applaud such linkage. Here’s another example of museum’s working together: Continue reading

Driven (well, actually, Ridden): 2016 URB-E

Larry rides the URB-E electric scooter | Bob Golfen photo
Larry rides the URB-E electric scooter | Bob Golfen photo

If you race a vintage sports or formula car, you likely need a pit bike for maneuvering your way around the paddock or out to the race track’s various corners to check the line, and maybe to see how well your competition is doing in practice.

Or maybe you show your classic car at large venues, such as Goodguys events, or you go to the big swap meets and you’d like a way to see everything but that old football injury takes its toll when you walk too long. Continue reading

Amazon (the car) turns 60, and Volvo shares 10 things you probably didn’t know about its breakthrough vehicle

Early on, Volvo Amazons came with two-tone paint | Volvo photos
Early on, Volvo Amazons came with two-tone paint | Volvo photos

Volvo’s second post-war model was unveiled the first weekend of September 1956 in the Swedish town of Örebro. Unlike the beetlesque PV444, the Volvo Amazon, designed by a 26-year-old Jan Wilsgaard, had shapes the automaker has termed “beautiful” yet “challenging,” calling it an “elegant car differing greatly from the common perception of what a Volvo should look like.”

Differing greatly from the common perception indeed: In 1959 the Volvo Amazon became the world’s first car produced with standard three-point seat belts. Continue reading

Stolen Mercedes gives Bonhams big boost at Chantilly auction

Heirs reunited with 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster sell it at Bonhams' auction | Bonhams photos
Heirs reunited with 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster sell it at Bonhams’ auction | Bonhams photos

A year ago, Bonhams’ inaugural auction in conjunction with the Arts & Excellence event at Chantilly, France, produced $7.5 million in total sales. This past weekend, the auction house’s second sale at the Chateau de Chantilly posted more than $10.04 million in sales, more than half of it coming from a single vehicle.

That vehicle was a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster offered with a great story. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s heads to UK for its 10th annual London auction

$40,ooo to $65,000 is pre-auction estimate on barn-found 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series I | Auctions America photo by Tim Scott
$40,000 to $65,000 is pre-auction estimate on barn-found 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series I | Auctions America photo by Tim Scott

Fresh from its record-setting sale in Monterey and its participation in Auction America’s huge Labor Day event in Auburn, Indiana, RM Sotheby’s is back at it September 7 with its 10th annual London Auction, again being held in conjunction with the Concours of Elegance, which this year is being held at Windsor Castle as part of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall sale

The ACD trio greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park's sales building |  Larry Edsall photos
The ACD trio — (from left) an Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord — greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park’s sales building |Larry Edsall photos

The 46th annual Labor Day weekend collector car auction in Auburn, Indiana, is underway with the star cars crossing the block today at the Auctions America sale.

I think I walked past all of the nearly 1,000 cars on the docket during my visit Friday to Auburn Auction Park and here I’m sharing the ones I’d most want in my personal collection. Continue reading

Larry picks his favorites at Worldwide Auctioneers sale

Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers' Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos
Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers’ Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

For the ninth year in a row, Worldwide Auctioneers, which is based in Auburn, Indiana, stages its annual Labor Day weekend collector car sale in its hometown. But not just in its hometown but in the historic L-29 Cord Building that for the rest of the year serves as the site of the National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States. Continue reading

Inaugural Leake auction joins the Detroit renaissance

Hot-rod renaissance: The D-Rod is a modern interpretation of a '32 Ford classic | Leake Auction photos
Hot-rod renaissance: The D-Rod is a modern interpretation of a ’32 Ford classic | Leake Auction photos

Even though he was skeptical when the invitation was extended, and even though he knows it will take two or three years for a new event to grow to critical mass, Leake Auction Company president Richard Sevenoaks is eager to catch the wave of the Detroit renaissance with Leake’s inaugural sale September 8-9 at the MotorCity casino hotel near downtown Motown. Continue reading