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.

Peter Ustinov’s Lagonda going to H&H auction

1954 Lagonda drophead coupe owned by Oscar-winning actor headed to auction | H&H Classics photos
1954 Lagonda drophead coupe owned by Oscar-winning actor headed to auction | H&H Classics photos

We’re not sure if actor Peter Ustinov was a “car guy,” or just someone who could afford to own what have become desirable collector vehicles. Regardless, another of his cars is headed to auction, this time his 1953 Lagonda 3-liter drophead coupe that is joining the docket for H&H Classics’ auction taking place July 26 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading

Show car group selects NSRA entrants for awards

The International Show Car Association presented awards at the National Street Rod Association’s recent Nationals East at York, Pennsylvania, the Mid-America Nationals in Springfield, Missour, and the Rocky Mountain Nationals at Pueblo, Colorado.

In addition, Outstanding Use of Color honors were awarded at Pueblo. Continue reading

British racer’s collection headed to Bonhams auction

Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos
Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos

Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.

Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson sees trends at its $23.5 million Northeast sale

A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Younger buyers, and sellers. A growing demand for collector pickup trucks, and for top-tier custom vehicles professionally restored or modified. An ever-increasing total of vehicles sold to benefit charities. Those were trends that pleased Craig Jackson at Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast auction, held last weekend at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Overall, the auction sold 603 vehicles for $23.5 million and nearly 700 items of automobilia for another $819,000. Total sales for the four-day auction were more than $24.3 million. The sales rate for collector vehicles was nearly 96 percent. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute

1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle
1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle

‘Shelby never did a Maverick in the U.S.,” the seller notes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for the Pick of the Day, a 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute.

However, the collector car dealership in Orlando, Florida, continues, “Carroll Shelby partnered up with a businessman in Mexico by the name of Eduardo Velasquez (who was a) Shelby parts dealer…

“You could buy parts for Mustangs, Galaxies and, yes, Mavericks.” Continue reading

Aston Martin racing stars going to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale

DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tim Scott

Calling it “the most significant group of Aston Martin competition cars to ever come to auction,” RM Sotheby’s has announced its Monterey sale scheduled for August 18-19 will feature among other racing Astons the 1956 DBR1, chassis No. 1, the prototype for the car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959.

Also on the docket will be: Continue reading

Greenfield Village may be best place ever for a car show

1937 Ford convertible, matching Monark bicycle and the home of Henry Ford's favorite teacher, John Chapman | Larry Edsall photos
1937 Ford convertible, matching Monark bicycle and the home of Henry Ford’s favorite teacher, John Chapman | Larry Edsall photos

Let’s consider the best location for a classic car show.

On one hand, there are the Main Streets in all the small towns in America, streets where, long before American Graffiti would transport us back in time, teenagers would cruise each weekend, but where the classics and the hot rods of a bygone era now park perhaps one gloriously nostalgic day or weekend per year. Continue reading

Garage-found Mercedes 190SL going to auction in UK

Specialist went to evaluate vintage motorcycles, but found this 190 SL in the garage | H&H photos
Specialist went to evaluate vintage motorcycles, but found this 190 SL in the garage | H&H photos

Mark Bryan works in the motorcycle department of England’s H&H Classics and was called on to evaluate a group of bikes for possible sale. The bikes were in an old garage in Solihull, home of Land Rover.

But the old garage held more than motorcycles. In it, Bryan discovered a long-stored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL that will go to H&H’s July 26 auction at the Imperial War Museum as a barn-found restoration project. The car has an estimated pre-sale value of £50,000 (more than $63,300). Continue reading

More on that stolen Shelby Mustang headed to auction

1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos
1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos

On June 1, we shared the tale of a 1968 Shelby GT500 Ford Mustang that had been stolen in 1970, was impounded 41 years later by a Mustang-savvy police officer, eventually went to court to have its ownership determined, and now would be offered up for bidding at the Motorsports Auction Group’s Hot August Nights sale August 10-12 in Reno, Nevada.

As they used to say, the switchboard lit up. The story drew massive interest among visitors to the Daily News at ClassicCars.com, and many of you left comments about the car’s post-recovery ownership status. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Italian coachbuilt trio for Quail sale

Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos
Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has consignment a trio of coachbuilt cars by Italian designers for its auction in August at the Quail on the Monterey Peninsula. They are:

  • A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider by Frua.
  • A 1957 BMW 503 cabriolet by Bertone.
  • A 1953 Chrysler Special by Ghia.

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