Need Help? Call Us! - M-F 7a-4p Pacific - 480-285-1600
Pratte Collection

Author Archive: Bob Golfen

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle.

He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs.

A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

rss feed Twitter

Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Pick of the Week: 1924 Moreland fuel-delivery truck

Just in time for Christmas, the Pick of the Week is an antique toy truck that would look great under the tree. A really big tree. Because this toy is a full-size 1925 Moreland Model RR6 fuel-delivery truck emblazoned with classic lion-head Gilmore Gasoline signage and which the seller says, “remains in remarkable condition.” Really, […]

By December 19, 2014 Read More →
Classic car auction sales hit $1.3B in 2014, Hagerty says

Classic car auction sales hit $1.3B in 2014, Hagerty says

Powered by a record $430 million in collector-car auction results during Monterey Classic Car Week in August, total auction sales in North America soared to $1.3 billion in 2014, compared with $1.2 billion in 2013, according to Hagerty classic-car insurance and valuations. Vintage Ferraris led the charge in rising values, with high-end sports cars and […]

By December 18, 2014 Read More →
First Mecum auction in Austin scores nearly $14.7 million

First Mecum auction in Austin scores nearly $14.7 million

Mecum Auctions ended its collector-car calendar year on a high note with its inaugural Austin, Texas, auction achieving a near-70 percent sell-through rate for 660 vehicles for a total of $14,668,347. Yet again, a late-model Ford GT sports coupe ruled as the top-selling car, reaching $310,000 on the block (results do not include auction fees) […]

By December 17, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Stirling Moss reunites with Mille Miglia-winning 300SLR at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Stirling Moss reunites with Mille Miglia-winning 300SLR at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest racing victories in history – the record-breaking 1955 Mille Miglia run by Stirling Moss driving a Mercedes-Benz 300SLR – by reuniting the world-champion driver with the winning sports car at its March 2015 event. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours will […]

By December 15, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Gooding adds significant Ferraris for Arizona auction

Gooding adds significant Ferraris for Arizona auction

A pair of exceptional – and exceptionally valuable – classic Ferraris has been added to the docket for Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction in January during Arizona’s collector-car sales week. One of the most legendary and beautiful road cars from Maranello, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider with an estimated value of $8 […]

By December 12, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1960 Ford Thunderbird custom coupe

Pick of the Week: 1960 Ford Thunderbird custom coupe

“If there was one car crying out for a custom makeover, it’s the Ford Thunderbird of 1958-1961.” So begins the seller’s lengthy and colorful description of the clean, customized 1960 Ford Thunderbird that serves as our Pick of the Week. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, this ‘Bird is basically stock, but with paint and trim […]

By December 12, 2014 Read More →
Ford GT tops another Mecum auction

Ford GT tops another Mecum auction

A late-model Ford GT sports coupe has again scored top dollars at a Mecum auction, this time reigning at the Kansas City sale last weekend. The 2005 Ford GT also rules as the highest-dollar vehicle ever sold at any Mecum Kansas City auction, hammering at $290,000 (sales results reflect prices before auction fees). Total sales […]

By December 12, 2014 Read More →
Mecum ends the year with its first Austin auction

Mecum ends the year with its first Austin auction

Mecum Auctions further expands its reach this weekend with its inaugural Austin, Texas, sale, which will close out the year’s schedule of 21 auctions. The Austin auction, to be held December 12-13 at the Austin Convention Center, features a selection of around 600 American muscle cars, classics, hot rods, resto mods and sports cars, including […]

By December 10, 2014 Read More →
Mussolini-linked ’39 Alfa Romeo in RM’s Paris auction

Mussolini-linked ’39 Alfa Romeo in RM’s Paris auction

Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini wreaked havoc in Italy during the 1930s and into the wreckage of World War II. His reign of death and destruction left the country in ruins. Yet, he also left behind something beautiful, and here it is: The 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta by Touring that he gave to […]

By December 8, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

Pick of the Week: World’s Fair-built ’34 Chevrolet sedan

The Pick of the Week is a remarkable piece of General Motors history, something that has been largely forgotten in the intervening 80 years despite its singular magic. Not too many people know of GM’s Century of Progress exhibit at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. Nor do they recall that fairgoers could order a new […]

By December 5, 2014 4 Comments Read More →