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.
A Cadillac concept coupe that an Arabian prince once gave to a Hollywood movie queen was picked as a best of show winner at the recent La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in California. The Cadillac, a streamlined fantasy car designed by Italian coachbuilder Ghia and which first appeared at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, was the […]
A British auction featuring neglected “barn-find” cars and partially completed restoration projects hit the target Saturday, earning £1million ($1.67 million) with 85 percent of the 184 lots sold. Ranging from valuable classic sports cars in decrepit condition to low-mileage mini cars and downright oddities, Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Practical Classics Restoration Show in Birmingham, England, offered […]
Barrett-Jackson cruised to another strong auction in West Palm Beach, Fla., this past weekend, scoring a record $25 million in overall sales that included $2.35 million for charity. Results for the 12th annual Palm Beach auction easily eclipsed figures from a year ago, when $21 million worth of cars were sold. Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2014 […]
Everybody dreams of making a “barn find,” discovering a dirt-encrusted classic car forgotten for decades in some musty outbuilding. That’s become a powerful draw in the classic car community, where the debate rages over restoration vs. preservation. Auctions America’s sale next month in Auburn, Ind., features a 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE convertible that actually was […]
The Danbury Mint has gone out of the car business. The Connecticut-based collectibles company, known for its finely honed 1:24 scale replicas of classic cars, announced recently that it would no longer include the die-cast cars among its lineup. The final offering was a limited-edition model of a 1935 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe, of which […]
A blazing-orange customized 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air was proclaimed best of show at the annual AutoFair, a sweeping celebration of classic cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Owned by Jerry Horine of Louisville, Ky., the two-door sedan bested competitors from 48 car clubs that vied for awards during the four-day show, which was […]
America’s most famous 20th Century architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, also was an auto enthusiast who owned a succession of special vehicles during his long career. He added personal touches to many of them, often having them repainted in his signature color, Cherokee Red, a hue that appeared in his architectural designs. Several of his cars […]
Probably the most celebrated of American race cars, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that claimed victory in the GT class 50 years ago in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, returns to Southern California on May 17 for the second annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show. The event, at the future home of the Carroll Shelby Automotive Museum […]
Datsun scored a major breakthrough in the American perception of Japanese cars with the launch for 1970 of its 240Z. Here was a sophisticated and powerful sports coupe that rivaled the European competition, but was available at an affordable price. Popular and plentiful, Z cars from the 1970s long have filled a niche among hobbyists […]
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company announced Thursday it will switch television channels beginning in January 2015 when live coverage of the collector-car auctions will be turned over to Velocity and the Discovery Channel. With this move, Barrett-Jackson will end its long-time relationship with the Fox Networks. Fox had telecast all Barrett-Jackson auctions since 2001, when the […]