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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.

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Pick of the Week: 1968 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

Pick of the Week: 1968 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

For the first entry in our new ClassicCars.com feature, Pick of the Week, we have a popular low-mileage piece of classic Mopar muscle that the seller claims to be an all-original car in great shape.  The blue 1968 Dodge Coronet Super Bee coupe has just 30,843 miles on its odometer, and it is a numbers-matching […]

Volvo marks 60th anniversary of its short-lived roadster

Volvo marks 60th anniversary of its short-lived roadster

Few people besides the Volvo faithful remember that in 1954, the then-staid Swedish automaker produced a lightweight convertible sports car made of fiberglass. Or that this year marks the 60th anniversary of its production prototypes. Only 67 (or maybe 68) Volvo Sport roadsters were produced, and they mark a brief detour by Volvo into a […]

By May 30, 2014 Read More →
Mecum cancels Bloomington Gold Corvette auction

Mecum cancels Bloomington Gold Corvette auction

Mecum Auctions has canceled its all-Corvette auction at Bloomington Gold, one of the nation’s largest and most-famous Corvette gatherings. Mecum had been scheduled to host its 18th annual all-Corvette sale during the June 27-29 weekend. In a posting on the Mecum.com website, the auction company said the decision was made to close the Corvette auction […]

Rusted-out ‘barn-find’ Ferrari Dino breaks bank

Rusted-out ‘barn-find’ Ferrari Dino breaks bank

The British auction house that offered a derelict “barn-find” 1973 Ferrari Dino had described the sports car as “rotten as a pear” after decades of neglect in a soggy garage with a leaky roof. But despite being impossibly rusted out, the Dino 246GT with just 13,492 miles on its odometer sold for a surprisingly impressive […]

1938 Maserati takes lap at Indy, honors in U.S. archive

1938 Maserati takes lap at Indy, honors in U.S. archive

Seventy-five years after Maserati’s historic victory in the Indianapolis 500, the 1939-winning Maserati 8CTF “Boyle Special” was back on the track for a roaring victory lap. Three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford was at the wheel of the sleek, cigar-shaped vintage race car for a parade lap before this year’s world-famous race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, […]

By May 27, 2014 Read More →
Two muscle-car icons at Mecum’s first Seattle sale

Two muscle-car icons at Mecum’s first Seattle sale

A pair of Holy Grail muscle cars – a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 4-speed convertible and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe – will roar over the auction block next month during Mecum’s inaugural classic car auction in Seattle. The hot Detroit performance icons will be among 600 collector cars, trucks, motorcycles and a 1951 […]

Rare Ford GT40 Roadster in RM Monterey auction

Rare Ford GT40 Roadster in RM Monterey auction

Probably the most famous American race car ever, the Ford GT40 is famed both for beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s and for its soaring value today as one of the world’s most-coveted collector cars. The 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis GT/108, that RM Auctions has announced for its […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
Rare muscle cars flex weight at Mecum’s spring auction

Rare muscle cars flex weight at Mecum’s spring auction

Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction at a glance Total sales $40.4 million Catalog 1,465 vehicles Sell-through 64 percent High sale $885,000 for a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Next 9 price range $235,000 to $530,000 Next auction June 13-14 in Seattle, WA An exceptional group of rare muscle cars led the bidding at Dana Mecum’s Original […]

By May 22, 2014 Read More →
The ‘real’ James Bond Aston Martin coming to auction

The ‘real’ James Bond Aston Martin coming to auction

The British sporting brand Aston Martin is forever linked with James Bond, thanks to author Ian Fleming and the spy-gadget laden DB5 that his fictional spy first drove in the novel and in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Another earlier Aston Martin, a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4, is believed to have been the inspiration for […]

By May 21, 2014 Read More →
Silverstone readies year’s first auction at historic British track

Silverstone readies year’s first auction at historic British track

Sixty is the magic number for Silverstone Auctions’ first sale of the year, with 60 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles spanning more than 60 years ready to cross the auction block Saturday. Held at the Silverstone Wing building on the historic race circuit, the sale includes vehicles ranging from examples of exotic Italian and […]

By May 20, 2014 Read More →