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: 1970 AMC AMX

Pick of the Day is a 1970 AMC AMX with a 401 cid V8 and other performance modifications
Pick of the Day is a 1970 AMC AMX with a 401 cid V8 and other performance modifications

The private seller of Pick of the Day, this 1970 AMC AMX, says in an advertisement on ClassicCars.com that the goal of the build — a 10-year, spare-time project — “focused on reliability, low maintenance, and updated appearance. There are some performance mods, but my primary goal was an easy to drive, carefree AMX that turned heads.” Continue reading

Modern exotic muscle on Leake’s Dallas docket

Cars such as this 2012 McLaren MP4-12C should appeal to young, affluent collectors | Leake Auction photos
Cars such as this 2012 McLaren MP4-12C should appeal to young, affluent collectors | Leake Auction photos

The Dallas market gets its second collector car auction of the month when Leake Auction Company stages its annual Dallas Fall sale November 18-20 at Market Hall. It was just two weeks ago that Mecum Auctions held its annual event in Dallas.

“We do not feel that it hurts,” said Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction. “They bring awareness to the industry in a positive way — this helps everyone. Continue reading

First Ferrari 250 GTO to race being offered for sale

British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos
British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos

British collector car specialist Talacrest announced Thursday that is will be the agent for the sale of Ferrari 250 GTO No. 3387, which it says is the second 250 GTO produced, was used by the Ferrari factory for testing and development, and then was delivered to NART — the North American Racing Team — for which Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien drove the car to second overall and first in class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962. Continue reading

We visit a couple of madams in Las Vegas

Perhaps the most beautiful car on display was the Madame X Cadillac that Chip Foose did for Wes and Vivian Rydell
Perhaps the most beautiful car on display was the Madam X Cadillac that Chip Foose did for Wes and Vivian Rydell | Larry Edsall photos

Hey, this is Classic Car News, so of course we’re not talking about women who might run a house of prostitution. But to my eyes and ears, the two most fascinating cars at the recent and 50th annual trade show of the Specialty Equipment Market Association were Madam X and Madam V. Continue reading

Fast cars highlight docket for Australian auction

Streamliner set world speed recording 1997  for vehicle with 500cc or smaller engine | Mossgreen Auctions photos
Streamliner set world speed recording 1997 for vehicle with 500cc or smaller engine | Mossgreen Auctions photos

The world’s fastest 500cc car,  as well as a 1957 Australian racing special that has an invitation to Goodwood and what launched as “the fastest unsupercharged standard British car,” are highlights of the Mossgreen Auctions sale scheduled for November 27 in Melbourne. Continue reading

College students save history of newest car on historic register

Students from College of Charleston did research on the Anderson | HVA photos
Students from College of Charleston did research on the Anderson | HVA photos

A 1920 Anderson, a model Six convertible roadster, has become the first automobile added to the National Historic Vehicle Register because of its local and regional historic significance, the Historic Vehicle Association announced. The HVA credited students at the College of Charleston in South Carolina for preserving that piece of history.

The car is one of only seven known survivors of South Carolina’s first automobile company, which produced 5,500 vehicles from 1916 to 1922. Continue reading

Bidders go berserk over dusty Porsche Speedster on Hilton Head

Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper
Stored in a Chicago area garage for 40 years, this Speedster soared beyond its pre-sale estimated value | Auction America photo by Teddy Pieper

The dirty Aquamarine Blue 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster that went from more than 40 years of storage in a Chicago-area garage to Auctions America’s second sale at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival figured to sell for as much as a quarter-million dollars.

But bidding sped past that point until the car sold for $665,000 (including buyer’s premium) at the sale Saturday. Continue reading

Driven (briefly): Larry drives NSX, duo of diesels

(Editor’s note: Our staff recently did a series of brief drives — either around 30 miles on pavement or on a short but challenging off-road course — in several cars during the media day at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards program held in the Phoenix area. Here are Larry Edsall’s impressions of three of the cars he drove during that program.) Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial

1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial was owned by the seller's father, who bought it after its restoration
1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial was owned by the seller’s father, who bought it after its restoration

The Pick of the Day is a 1959 Chrysler Crown Imperial Southhampton Edition, which means it was one of only 1,728 out of a production of 17,000, notes the private seller in the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com.

The car was the seller’s father’s car, purchased after a complete restoration by the car’s previously owner, the ad says. Continue reading

Leaving Las Vegas? Not until you visit the Hollywood Cars Museum

The Batmobile from movie 'Batman Returns' among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos
The Batmobile from movie ‘Batman Returns’ among those in the museum | Larry Edsall photos

So you’ve gotten tired of the wildlife along the Las Vegas Strip. You’ve been to the Mob Museum; you’ve even gone out and shot 50-caliber machine guns. You’ve been to the Valley of Fire. You’ve seen the fountains at Bellagio and the light show on Fremont Street. You’ve watched a show featuring clones of long dead entertainers. You rode the High Roller but lost your shirt trying to act like one in the casino, and now you’re down to your last $15.

So get off The Strip, cross the I-15 freeway and find your way to Dean Martin Drive, to Hot Rod City and its Hollywood Cars Museum. Continue reading