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.
With the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow in our politically divided nation, let us come together and agree (for once) that there is nothing more all-American than a big-block muscle car from the 1960s. The Pick of the Day is a bright-red 1967 Dodge Charger powered by a 440 cid V8, which should get […]
Three pieces of British royalty with celebrity connections will be up for auction in August during Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale. The auction, which takes place August 15-16 at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, offers a collection of top-drawer collector cars during the annual sale, which last year soared […]
Resto mods spark plenty of controversy. The purists contend that classic cars should be left original while the “modists” counter that the updates make the cars drive and perform better while retaining original style and appearance. The Pick of the Day is a good example of the resto mod ideal, an attractive 1964 Ford Falcon […]
One of the most legendary Jaguar race cars, the 1953 Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight, will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California, auction in August, marking the first time any of the three original works Lightweights have been at public auction. Chassis No. XKC 052, the second one built, finished fourth overall in the 24 […]
Lumpy Rutherford. Does that name sound familiar? He was the doltish neighborhood bully in the seminal TV situation comedy, Leave it to Beaver, which portrayed a wholesome suburban American family at the height of the Eisenhower era. The only thing really memorable about Lumpy was his car. What was supposed to be depicted as a […]
Remember all the hoopla that accompanied the sale of the original Batmobile at Barrett-Jackson? That was in January 2013, when the enormous Scottsdale auction arena was packed with a shrieking, standing-room-only crowd as the Batmobile rolled up on stage as the “Batman” theme song from the 1960’s TV show blasted overhead. George Barris, the famed […]
While the Buick Regal might seem all-American, it’s actually a German car, an Opel Insignia to be exact. That’s a good thing since Regal gains the refinement and surefootedness of the European brand and translates it for U.S. drivers. Too bad an unexpected problem marred my test drive. But more on that later. I found […]
Now here’s a rare creature, a 1962 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 that has been restored to mostly stock condition. More often you see these lightweight coupes turned into street rods, but this one has been kept pretty much original. The Pick of the Day is the smallest Chrysler product of that era, the automaker’s first […]
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has unveiled its main event poster for 2015, a depiction of the first Ferrari to race in California painted by the acclaimed Peter Hearsey. The poster shows the 1949 Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia owned and driven by Jim Kimberly in action during the second annual Pebble Beach Road Races in […]
One of the most-significant Porsche race cars of all time, the revolutionary 956 that won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be offered at auction by Gooding & Company during its Pebble Beach sale in August. The 1982 Porsche 956, chassis 003, had the most victories of the 10 such endurance racers Porsche built […]