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.
One of the greatest tricks of marketing automobiles, or anything else for that matter, is creating demand for something that people didn’t know they wanted. So it was when Ford introduced a convertible for 1957 that was also a hardtop, doing away with fragile fabric tops and replacing them with a complex mechanism to retract […]
One of the most valuable automobiles ever offered at an Amelia Island, Florida, auction – a rare 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica short-wheelbase cabriolet – highlights RM Auctions’ sale March 14 of 90 classic cars. But most significantly, proceeds from the sale of the beautiful V12-powered sports convertible will be donated to the current owner’s foundation […]
Highlighted by the appearance of rock ‘n roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis to help sell his all-original ’59 Harley – and to perform “Great Balls of Fire” on stage with a piano – the 10-day Mecum classic car auction last week in Kissimmee, Florida, exceeded $68.8 million in sales, beating last year’s Florida sale by […]
The Barrett-Jackson Live broadcasts of the 44th annual Scottsdale auction broke TV viewer records to become Velocity’s most-watched series “among households, persons 2+ and men 18+ in ratings and delivery,” the Discovery Studios’ cable TV affiliate reported. More than 5.1 million people tuned in to the six days of live coverage, Velocity said. The telecasts […]
Porsche fanatics take notice: the date has been changed for the fifth Porsche Rennsports Reunion. The monumental gathering of Porsche racing enthusiasts will take place September 25-27 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, two weeks earlier than originally planned. The date change was necessitated by an unexpected scheduling conflict with the World Endurance […]
Although the pristine 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH owned by rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis failed to achieve the forecast million-dollar mark Saturday at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, Florida, it did sell for a resounding $385,000, including auction fee. The Harley has just over 2,000 miles on its odometer and until its sale was owned since new […]
The Ford GT40 that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and led a stunning 1-2-3 sweep by the automaker’s cars in the classic endurance race, is arguably the most-significant American race car of all time. With a team led by the legendary Carroll Shelby, the newly developed GT40s not only accomplished the goal […]
After witnessing all those high-end collector cars selling for nosebleed prices during Arizona auction week, I thought I would come back to earth with a clean-looking piece of classic America muscle that won’t cost more than your house. Or the entire neighborhood, for that matter. So the Pick of the Week goes to this attractive […]
While million-dollar-plus collector cars are seen relatively frequently these days, the very idea of a million-dollar motorcycle still seems far-fetched. But Dana Mecum, head of Mecum Auctions, believes he might have a potential seven-figure motorcycle coming over the block Saturday at Kissimmee, Florida. The bike is a 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH with just over 2,000 miles […]
The Simeone Automotive Museum will feature its latest acquisition, a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe, during the Philadelphia collection’s next Demo Day, which takes place Saturday and will showcase significant European competition rally cars. The public event – called “Rally!” – starts at noon and includes four of the greatest examples of vintage race […]