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.

Pick of the Day: 1955 Austin Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans spec

1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package
1955 Austin Healey 100M has the Le Mans spec package

When Austin Healey launched the second generation (BN2) of its 100 model in 1955, it added a 100M version. The original Austin Healey 100 earned its number designation from the fact it could achieve a speed of 100 miles per hour.

But with the introduction of the BN2, a higher-performance 100M version was introduced. The 100M came with larger SU carburetors, cold-air intake, high-lift cam and higher-compression pistons. It also had stiffer front suspension, louvered hood (with a leather strap to keep it closed at high speeds), and two-tone paint. Continue reading

Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine. Continue reading

NYC window displays visions of the automotive future

Best guesses about what we'll be driving aren't always right | HVA photos
Best guesses about what we’ll be driving don’t always prove correct | HVA photos

If you happen to be in New York City doing your holiday shopping, be sure to hustle over to 432 Park Avenue to see a very special window display.

Curated by Michael Shanks, a professor from Stanford University’s Center for Design Research, and presented in conjunction with the Historic Vehicle Association, the display takes a look at three visions of the automotive future as it has been perceived from the very dawn of the automobile age. Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved. Continue reading

From rust to restoration: Paris-Dakar Nissan returns to Sahara

Thirty years later, Nissan Patrol is restored and running again on Saharan dunes | Nissan photos
Nearly 30 years later, Nissan Patrol is restored and running again on Saharan dunes | Nissan photos

On January 1, 1987, 312 vehicles started from Paris on a nearly 12,800-mile trek through Europe, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal, the famed and grueling Paris-Dakar Rally. Two of those vehicles were diesel-powered 1987 Nissan Patrol sport utilities, bedecked in the colors of Fanta Limon, a soft drink. Continue reading

Prototype Porsche, Zagato Astons on RM Sotheby’s Paris docket

Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby's photos by Tim Scott
Of the 13 Porsche 901 prototypes, only this one was a cabriolet | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

RM Sotheby’s continues to fill out the docket for its Paris auction during Retromobile week, revealing Tuesday that the only Porsche 901 cabriolet prototype and a pair of Zagato-bodied Aston Martins will join the 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 raced by Scuderia Ferrari as featured vehicles for the sale.

Carrying a pre-auction estimated value of €850.000 to €1.000.000 ($850,000 to $1.06 million), the Porsche is one of 13 pre-production cars produced as Porsche readied a successor for its 356 and is the only cabriolet among that baker’s dozen. Later, the car was used by Porsche to develop its 911 Targa concept. Continue reading

Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ inspires a graphic novel

Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on  'Le Mans' movie | Garbo Studio illustrations
Artist said Steve McQueen appeared in a dream, suggesting graphic novel based on ‘Le Mans’ movie | Garbo Studio illustrations

Artist Sando Garbo claims that Steve McQueen appeared in a dream in 2013 and told Garbo to create a graphic novel based on McQueen’s epic Le Mans movie. Three years later, Garbo and his team have produced that book. Based on images being shared with the media, Steve McQueen in Le Mans is a lushly illustrated, 64-page, 2-pound hardcover book that might have served as a finely detailed storyboard for the actual movie. Continue reading

Aston Martin, Ferrari Dino top Bonhams’ December sale

1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos
1967 Aston Martin DB6 has been upgraded to Vantage specification | Bonhams photos

An updated 1967 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT each sold for more than $400,000 as Bonhams Motoring Department wrapped up its 2016 schedule with its December Sale last week. The sale produced £3.839,388 ($4.87 million) in transactions from the auction of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

The ’67 DB6 was a four-owner car that was restored in 1997 and updated to Vantage specification. Aston Martins were popular with bidders, taking three of the four top-sales spots and four of the top-10. Continue reading