Category archives: Features

Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

1950 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe
1950 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe

It took Chevrolet until the 1949 model year to introduce new post-war styling. According to the Standard Encyclopedia of American Cars, the new design integrated the front bumpers and lowered the fenders, hood and roof.

The roof itself presented the buyer with an option: the Styleline with a notch-back design or the Fleetline fastback. Opt for the DeLuxe version and you got your Fleetline with fender skirts that accentuated the car’s bustle-back tail treatment. Continue reading

Eye Candy: RetroAuto and AFAS art show at Pebble Beach

Klaus Wagger racing action at Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit | Andy Reid photos
Klaus Wagger racing action at Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit | Andy Reid photos

Most people think about the Pebble Beach Concours ‘d Elegance and only visualize the wonderful show cars parked on the lawn Sunday morning. But there are a few other events that happen at Pebble Beach before and during the concours, such as RetroAuto and the exhibitions by members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.

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Green Book that guided black American travelers featured at Gilmore museum

Gilmore museum exhibit showcases African-American travel issues in Jim Crow era | Larry Edsall photos
Gilmore museum exhibit showcases African-American travel issues in Jim Crow era | Larry Edsall photos

In the spring of 1946, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a former multi-sport standout at UCLA and a U.S. Army veteran, and Rachel, his bride of two weeks, were flying from Los Angeles to Florida. Twice along the route they were bumped from flights so their seats could be occupied by customers with white skin. During a stopover in New Orleans, they were not allowed to eat in the “whites only” airport restaurant. And after arriving in Florida, the driver ordered them to the back of the bus. Continue reading

Andy picks top-end cars from Gooding in Monterey

The scene as Gooding & Company gets ready for its Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photos
The scene as Gooding & Company gets ready for its Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photos

Gooding & Company has a history of bringing some of the best cars available to their Monterey sale, and this year’s event is no different. From race cars, both modern and historic, to some of the best sports cars available, Gooding has a knack for finding rare cars and presenting them well.

There are no “affordable” cars at this sale, but of high-end cars, there are plenty.

Here are my picks of the cars at Gooding & Company that I would most want to take home.

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Larry revs up at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction

The Rick Cole Auctions showroom in downtown Monterey | Larry Edsall photos
The Rick Cole Auctions showroom in downtown Monterey | Larry Edsall photos

What a difference walking into the salon-like setting of the Rick Cole collector car auction in Monterey. For one thing, there’s no auctioneer’s block or phone bank on the brightly carpeted second floor of the downtown Marriott Monterey hotel. Nor are there any glossy-paper auction catalogs with lush photography and extensive vehicle descriptions.

Instead, there are Rick Cole and a couple of others vehicle experts who will answer questions you might have about the stunning vehicles being offered up for bidding. Need to know a car’s specs or historical provenance in detail? It’s on the Rick Cole Auctions website. Continue reading

What Larry likes best at the Russo and Steele sale

The Thomas Scott Collection features Buick Rivieras and other American cars | Larry Edsall photos
The Thomas Scott Collection features Buick Rivieras and other American cars | Larry Edsall photos

When I arrived at the parking lot at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf where cars were being prepped for the Russo and Steele auction that begins today, I asked auction founder and owner Drew Alcazar if he was getting ready to for a classic and collector car sale or for a flag football game. Continue reading

Andy’s ‘pick six’ from RM Sothbey’s

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Selection of cars at RM Sothbey’s | Larry Edsall photo

I have been attending the auctions in Monterey for the past 15 years and I can honestly say that I have never seen a collection of cars at any auction anywhere in the world that even comes close to the amazing cars being offered at RM Sotheby’s this year in Monterey. No matter what car you are looking at at the high end of the hobby, chances are good that RM Sotheby’s has a pristine example of it for sale this year. Continue reading