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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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‘Last’ Duesenberg heads to Leake auction in Dallas

‘Last’ Duesenberg heads to Leake auction in Dallas

Production of the Duesenberg Model J halted in the 1930s, its over-the-top opulence thwarted by the Great Depression. But the legendary luxury car was revived for one last hurrah in 1978 by a passionate proponent of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg company. Glenn Pray, an Oklahoma industrial arts teacher and Cord restorer who had acquired the […]

By October 2, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Dutch museum holding online auction of pre-war Fords

Dutch museum holding online auction of pre-war Fords

Here’s a car-guy fact that’s probably flown under your radar: In the town of Hillegom, Netherlands, resides the world’s largest private collection of Ford vehicles. The Den Hartogh Ford Museum, started in 1956 by obsessed Dutch collector Piet den Hartogh, holds more than 200 Ford and Lincoln vehicles ranging from 1903 to 1948 models. Now […]

By September 30, 2014 Read More →
Barrett-Jackson hits record $33.3 million sale in Vegas

Barrett-Jackson hits record $33.3 million sale in Vegas

A pair of modern supercars – one domestic, one Italian, each boasting horsepower exceeding 700 – were the top sellers at Barrett-Jackson’s seventh annual Las Vegas auction, which upped its ante with total sales of more than $33.3 million, the most ever, including $1,642,500 raised to benefit local and national charities. As expected, the charity […]

By September 29, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1927 Willys-Overland Whippet 93A

Pick of the Week: 1927 Willys-Overland Whippet 93A

If you have the hankering for a 1920s classic car, and one that is different and unusual enough to draw some attention, here’s a rare and handsome sedan with a twist. As a major plus, the 1927 Willys-Overland Whippet 93A being offered for sale in a ClassicCars.com ad has what appears to be a strikingly […]

By September 26, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Porsche 914 gains respect at Amelia Island Concours

Porsche 914 gains respect at Amelia Island Concours

The 914 is the Rodney Dangerfield of Porsches. The little mid-engine sports car gets no respect, at least not within the vast pecking order of status-seeking Porsche owners. But the Porsche 914 has lured plenty of fans over the years with its exceptional handling, spare styling and renowned durability. However one might view the 914’s […]

By September 25, 2014 Read More →
Auctions America readies all-Internet collector-car sale

Auctions America readies all-Internet collector-car sale

Auctions America enters a new realm of collector-car sales in November when it launches its “Live Virtual” online auction that takes place exclusively on the Internet. Called BidAnywhere, the sale will be a one-day event with an actual auctioneer calling the bids online but with the potential buyers placing bids remotely through a special platform […]

By September 24, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Ferrari 308s climb in value at British auction

Ferrari 308s climb in value at British auction

A rising tide lifts all boats, they say, which apparently holds true for Ferraris as well. While stunning multi-million prices for rare, early and competition Ferraris have become the norm in the past few years, values for the lesser production cars from Maranello are following suit, though perhaps not in such a spectacular way. This […]

By September 23, 2014 Read More →
Fall Carlisle celebrates 40 years of old-car festivities

Fall Carlisle celebrates 40 years of old-car festivities

Forty years ago, a major old-car extravaganza put Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the map for legions of automotive enthusiasts with a sweeping array of swap meets, specialty vendors and acres of cool vintage cars for sale. Carlisle Events is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with its flagship Fall Carlisle show that started it all. Organizers […]

By September 22, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1960 Chevrolet Impala ‘Bubble Top’

Pick of the Week: 1960 Chevrolet Impala ‘Bubble Top’

Chrome was king when Chevrolet rolled out its 1960 Impala, which was the slightly toned-down descendent of the flamboyant 1959 model. Still with its wide rear deck sporting the unique horizontal tailfin treatment, the ’60 models marked the end of General Motors’ most extravagant designs, and for many vintage-Chevy fans, it remains an enduring favorite. […]

By September 19, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Barrett-Jackson auction in Vegas boasts celebrity cars

Barrett-Jackson auction in Vegas boasts celebrity cars

The Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction in Las Vegas, the epicenter of celebrity entertainment, will feature luxury cars once owned by two true icons of American music, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as a historic Corvette race car made famous in the movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The seventh-annual Vegas auction, from September 25-27 at the […]

By September 18, 2014 Read More →