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.
In recognition of Hagerty’s report that vintage pickup trucks represent the fastest-growing part of the collector-car market, the Pick of the Day is a creatively customized 1940 Ford half-ton pickup with vintage flair. Because really, when was the last time you saw a pickup truck with fender skirts? This might have been a hep-cat styling […]
So, what do you think is the fastest-growing segment of car collectors? European sports cars? Rare muscle cars? Classics? Nope. Surprisingly, the segment that has seen the most growth both in numbers and values is classic American pickup trucks, according to the latest report from Hagerty, the leading insurer of collector cars. “There was a […]
The most-memorable TV show that best exemplified the decadent and drug-addled 1980s was, of course, Miami Vice. Appealingly absurd, the trend-setting cop show was set in a pastel-hued landscape and mixed in beautiful cars with the beautiful people: Detectives Sonny Crocket and Ricardo Tubbs drove their “beat” in a white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa.
It’s tough being the middle child, especially when your older and younger siblings have made major successes of themselves. So it goes for the 1958-1960 Lincoln Continental, whose baroque styling makes it much less memorable than the classic and coveted 1956-57 Continental Mark II or the Mad Men cool squared-rigged Continental that arrived in 1961. […]
A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 formerly owned by comedian and media personality Adam Carolla will cross the block at the Russo and Steele auction next month in Monterey, California. The Series II model, powered by a Columbo V12 engine, is one of 455 examples built and, according to Russo and Steele, one of the […]
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 […]