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.

Eye Candy: Red Barns Spectacular at the Gilmore Car Museum

One of the 1,200 vehicles shown at the 34th Red Barns Spectacular show at the Gilmore Car Museum | Larry Edsall photo
This Salt Flats racer is one of the 1,200 vehicles shown at the 34th Red Barns Spectacular show at the Gilmore Car Museum | Larry Edsall photo

The annual Red Barns Spectacular is sensory overload when it comes to classic, custom and collector cars. Staged the first Saturday of August and presented by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the event features some 1,200 vehicles and special displays spread across the extensive grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading

Monterey prediction: Hagerty expects more million-dollar sales, ‘shift’ to cars from 1980s and ‘90s

Hagerty chart shows Monterey auction sales since 2000
Hagerty chart shows Monterey auction sales since 2000

Hagerty, the classic car insurer and valuation tracker, forecasts $415 million in sales at the various auctions scheduled next week in on the Monterey Peninsula. That figure falls short of the record $428 million in sales posted on the peninsula in auctions last year, but again far exceeds the $306 million in sales in 2013.

And while Hagerty expects total sales to slip, it predicts there will be “a signifiant increase” in the number of million-dollar — and multi-million-dollar — sales. Continue reading

Artcurial lands last Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta for Retromobile auction

4065 was the final Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta produced and has had two owners since new | Artcurial Motorcars photo
4065 was the final Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta produced and has had two owners since new | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Stirling Moss called the short-wheelbase version of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “the greatest Ferrari road car, perhaps the greatest road car of any make.” Only 103 such cars were produced, and the very last of them to roll out of the Ferrari factory will be offered for sale at Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale early next year in Paris.

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Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

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Eddie Belfour is one of the very few ice hockey players whose teams have won the national collegiate championship (University of North Dakota), an Olympic gold medal (for his native Canada) and the Stanley Cup (Dallas Stars).

A member of hockey’s Hall of Fame and nicknamed “the Eagle” because of the design on his goalie’s helmet, Belfour also is a long-time classic car guy who has his own restoration shop — Carman Customs — which is located in Michigan but takes its name not only from Belfour’s interest in cars, but from his hometown of Carman, Manitoba, Canada. Continue reading

Dealership signs pace Mecum’s Road Art auction

28-foot Chevrolet bowtie displayed in crate to protect it for shipping |Mecum photos
28-foot Chevrolet bowtie displayed in crate to protect it for shipping |Mecum photos

Ah, the things we collect and save. You never know what they’ll be worth someday. Well, not unless you offer them up for sale at an event such as the recent and inaugural Mecum Road Art auction, where 90 percent of the more than 950 consignments sold for a total of $1,369,752. Continue reading

Ford GT joins American classics atop RM Sotheby’s Motor City sales results

Duesenberg president's car posts high sale at Motor City auction | RM photos by Darin Schnabel
Duesenberg president’s car posts high sale at Motor City auction | RM photos by Darin Schnabel

With only six non-domestic cars in the auction catalog, and not a Ferrari among them, it figured that American vehicles would dominate the results of RM Sotheby’s 21st annual Motor City sale, which is held each year in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. And, indeed, only two imports cracked the top 10 in the final results, and then only barely.

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