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.

Driven: 2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover | Larry Edsall photos

O.K., so the television commercials featuring Melissa McCarthy saving the whales, the ice cap, the rhinos, and hugging the trees are hilariously entertaining, and the background music — Bonnie Tyler’s I Need a Hero — adds a dramatic pulse to the production.

And I know that Kia spells the name of its new hybrid crossover Niro, not Nero, but it sure sounds like it rhymes not only with Tyler’s Hero lyric but is pronounced just like the name of the last-in-his-line emperor who had his own mother executed and who supposedly fiddled while Rome burned? Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s upgrades one auction, but cancels another

Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby's auction | Auctions America photo
Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby’s auction | Auctions America photo

RM Sotheby’s is adding a collector car auction to its calendar but eliminating another. The company announced Tuesday that it will take over presentation of the fifth annual Santa Monica, California, sale previously staged by its subsidiary Auctions America.

However, RM Sotheby’s will not stage the sale it has done for some 20 years in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of American in the Detroit suburbs, although it will continue as an event sponsor and will have a showcase of cars at the Inn at St. John’s. Continue reading

Were these the five best cars in The Twilight Zone?

Image courtesy imdb.com
Image courtesy imdb.com

According to the Historic Vehicle Association, May 11 is National Twilight Zone Day. To get you ready for the big celebration, the HVA has selected its five favorite cars featured in Rod Serling’s “sometimes creepy and always mind-bending” science-fiction television series, which aired from 1959 to 1964 and still can be found in syndication.

Here they are, with text from imcdb.org, a website devoted to vehicles seen in movies and on television: Continue reading

After 50 years (but only 8,500 miles), a hero’s Corvette is going to auction

First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt
First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt

Like many who were drafted into military service and sent to fight in Vietnam, and who were fortunate enough to come home, Keith Richard Litavsky returned and bought the car of his dreams, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette: Marina Blue with Bright Blue interior, and a 427-cubic-inch, 435-horsepower V8 linked to an M21 four-speed manual transmission.

Fifty years later, the car has been driven only 8,533 miles, a figure that may tick up slightly as it is driven across the block at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction, May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Artcurial adds collector car auction in Monaco

1974 Porsche RSR 3.0 in competition | Artcurial Motorcars photo
1974 Porsche RSR 3.0 in competition | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars is adding a biennial sale to its collector car auction calendar, issuing a “save the date” news release for Monaco 2017. The date will be July 2 for the first of the sales. Continue reading

Worldwide does $6.52 million in inaugural Arlington auction

L-88 Corvette sells for $616,000 | Worldwide Auctions photos
L-88 Corvette sells for $616,000 | Worldwide Auctions photos

Worldwide Auctioneers reports $6.52 million in sales and an 82 percent sell-through rate for its recent Texas Classic Auction, held for the first time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The high-dollar sale of the auction was the $1.1 million paid for a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster (figure includes buyer’s fees). The 300 SL went to auction after being displayed on the fairways of the Amelia Island and Hilton Head concours. Continue reading

10-99: Corvette museum and its friends complete car’s restoration for police officer’s family

Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos
Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos

Burke Rhoads, a police officer in Nicholasville, Kentucky, bought a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette and was restoring it as time and finances permitted. His goal was to have the car ready so his daughter, Jacquelyn, could use it for the trip to her high school prom after she turned 16.

But Burke was killed in a car crash while on duty in 2015, and his widow, Melissa, called the National Corvette Museum to seek recommendations about a shop that might finish what Burke had started. Continue reading

Mayday! What’s the scariest car you’ve driven? Here’s mine

Geo Metro LSi convertible was a sub-compact that didn't instill confidence in its driver | GM file photo
Geo Metro LSi convertible was a sub-compact that didn’t instill confidence in its driver | GM file photos

The question was posted recently on Petrolicious’ Facebook page: “What is the Scariest Car You’ve Ever Driven?”

As you might expect, people responding listed cars including the Porsche Turbo, Dodge Viper GTS, Ferrari F430, Shelby 427 Cobra, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and the list kept going with such high-performance memories. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1928 Whippet

Seller's plan was to hot-rod this 1928 Whippet
Seller’s plan was to hot-rod this 1928 Whippet

In 1923, John North Willys returned home from a trip to Europe with half-a-dozen French and British cars. They were smaller than American cars, and in fact too small for American tastes, but Willys thought studying such vehicles might lead to an American-built model that could be sold both at home and abroad. Continue reading

Cars fit in nicely at vintage & handmade marketplace

For the first time, vintage and classic cars were invited to join vendors at Front Porch Pickins market | Larry Edsall photos
For the first time, vintage and classic cars were invited to join vendors at Front Porch Pickins market | Larry Edsall photos

Since 2013, Desiree Byrne’s Phoenix-based Front Porch Pickins and Street Market LLC has been staging periodic weekend vintage and handmade markets. The most recent, held in Tumbleweed Park in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, included — for the first time — a vintage and classic car show.

“Everything vintage is what Front Porch Pickins is about,” Byrne’s mother, Lori Cooper, explained in the breaks she got between checking in the arriving cars. “So classic cars go hand-in-hand with the theme,” she said. Continue reading