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.

Found after decades, Costin Nathan racer heads to H&H auction

Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos
Costin Nathan being sold as a restoration project | H&H Classics photos

Discovered by a company hired to remove everything from a property, the Costin Nathan racing car will be offered for bidding as a restoration project July 10 at H&H’s Chateau Impney Hillclimb sale in the British Midlands. The car had been hidden away for 45 years. Continue reading

Artcurial showcases star cars for Le Mans Classic auction

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta posed on the Le Mans racing circuit | Artcurial Motorcars photos

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars has released the star cars for its auction July 9 at the Le Mans Classic.

Held every other year in conjunction with the vintage racing weekend at the full and famed Circuit de la Sarthe, the auction and various car shows are based at the Bugatti Circuit, a section of the longer 24-hour race course. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Jaguar 420

1967 Jaguar 420 has 4-speed manual and electric overdrive
1967 Jaguar 420 has 4-speed manual and electric overdrive

The E-type may get the most attention, but it was one of four Jaguar models sold in the United States during the 1967 model year. The others were the 340 and the 420 sedans, the latter available as the 420 or the 420G, the G short for Grand Saloon.

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Jaguar 420, a four-door sedan, which its owner says is a very rare car, indeed. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible

Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos
Bestickered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS with a covered bridge in upstate New York | Larry Edsall photos

It has long been my contention that if you’re buying a coupe, you want the most powerful engine available. However, if you’re buying a convertible, you don’t need that much power. Hey, if you’re driving a convertible to the race track, it’s to spectate, not to compete. Convertibles are designed for top-down cruising, not for trail braking.

Thus when I knew I was going to take part in the ELK Charity Challenge, a legal-speeds road rally from Detroit to Lake Placid — and as long as I’d gone that far, when the event was over I’d continue on to Maine to visit a couple of car museums — I contacted Chevrolet and asked if I could borrow a new Camaro convertible for the trip. But I had one stipulation (who says beggars can’t be choosers?): I wanted the base version of the new Camaro, the one with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Cars ‘R’ Stars at historic Packard Proving Grounds

Classic Packards parked behind the 'cottage' at the historic proving grounds north of Detroit | Larry Edsall photos
Classic Packards parked behind the ‘cottage’ at the historic proving grounds north of Detroit | Larry Edsall photos

Fins & Family Haulers were the featured classes last weekend at the annual Cars ‘R’ Stars show held at the historic Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, a suburb north of Detroit.

Packard’s proving grounds opened in the summer of 1928 with a world speed record of 148 mph being set on its oval test track. Today, most of what was the track has been replaced by suburban homes, but the timing tower and a short stretch of the track remain. Continue reading

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider raced by Hill, Shelby and Hall consigned to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

Jim Hall has owned this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider for some 60 years | RM Sotheby's photos (Darin Schnabel)
Jim Hall has owned this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider for some 60 years | RM Sotheby’s photos (Darin Schnabel)

We’re still some two months away from the collector car auctions that will take place in mid-August on California’s Monterey Peninsula, but the auction houses already are battling for bidders’ attention. Consider: Continue reading

Finest tops $3.4 million at its Elegance at Hershey auction

1968 Lamborghini 400GT is on the auction block | The Finest photos
1968 Lamborghini 400GT is on the auction block | The Finest photos

The Finest Automobile Auctions has announced total sales of more than $3.4 million for its inaugural sale at The Elegance at Hershey last weekend. A 1968 Lamborghini 400GT sold for $577,500 and a 1927 Bugatti Type 38A brought $440,000.

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