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.
The Jaguar D-Type is one of the most beautiful competition cars ever created, elegant and brutish at the same time, evocatively streamlined yet ruggedly purposeful. And who could resist that magnificent fin that soars behind the head of the driver? This year marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Type’s debut at the 1954 24 Hours […]
“This 1957 Ford Custom 300 is one heck of a gnarly little sleeper,” says the seller of the hot custom car that looks more like granny’s go-to-meetin’ wheels than any sort of performance rod. Everybody loves a cool custom sleeper, the kind of car that looks merely like a nice old survivor until you open it […]
Another Steve McQueen relic comes to auction this month when Mecum offers a 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Big Twin motorcycle once owned by the film star, no doubt adding immeasurably to its value. Mecum, which will auction the ex-McQueen Harley-Davidson during its Monterey sale August 14-16, places a value estimate of $225,000 to $275,000 on the […]
Buyers paid more than $21 million for cars and motorcycles at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the company’s first foray into the Northeast collector-car market. A total of 735 cars and bikes went to new owners out of 1,056 offered, for a solid 70-percent sell-through rate, especially strong for a first-time event. […]
Fifteen spectacular Porsches will be among 50 special European classics (plus a pair of all-American Chevys) offered during Coy’s auction at the famed Nurburgring track in Germany. The Porsches comprise what the British auction company calls a “specialist section” of the August 9 sale of sports, GT and competition cars, including grand prix racers. “Nurburgring […]
For the uninitiated, a classic car auction can seem a confusing array of fast-paced bidding and auctioneer harangues, plus mysterious tactics by veteran buyers and sellers, sometimes with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. A new reality series, Mecum Dealmakers, premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. (Eastern time) on NBCSN, is designed to take the […]
Silverstone Auctions reached its highest-ever sales total this past weekend at the historic Silverstone racing circuit with more than £5 million ($8.5 million) worth of classic cars finding new owners at an 85 percent sell-through rate. Top sale was for a rare 1950 Healey Silverstone, its name clearly appropriate to the venue, for £212,750 ($360,500), while […]
The world’s biggest privately owned assemblage of classic British cars, with 543 vehicles amassed by an obsessive UK collector, has been purchased in its entirety by Jaguar Land Rover to bolster its focus on heritage. The collection, purchased by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, was brought together and restored by James Hull, who […]
The Ferrari F40 is a rock star among the world’s supercars, and the one offered at Auction America’s California sale also has the provenance of being owned by an actual rock star. The 1990 F40 is known in California collector-car circles as the “Rod Stewart Car” because of its former ownership by the legendary rock […]
One of the most unusual standout designs during the early 1960s was that of the Studebaker Avanti, a “personal luxury” coupe that debuted in April 1962. Created by a team assembled by famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the fiberglass-bodied Avanti was true to its name as an avant garde original. As usual, Studebaker was ahead […]