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.
All eyes in the collector-car world are focused on the auction today in Paris of one of the most spectacular “barn finds” in history, the collection of nearly 60 European cars – many of them extremely rare and valuable – that recently were discovered stored in open sheds in western France. Those cars, which include […]
The 2015 Chrysler 200 is so much improved that the automaker should have considered changing its name. Really, just about every time I told someone that I was test driving a 200, I’d get a wince in return. That’s because people remember the previous 200, basically a warmed over Sebring that was dull and ordinary […]
Did you know that in 1955, you could have purchased a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette for between $1,700 and $2,150? Or a 1952 Porsche 356 America Roadster for the same amount? These are six-figure collector cars today, but back then, they were just used sports cars that had depreciated after leaving the showroom. I came upon […]
One of the greatest tricks of marketing automobiles, or anything else for that matter, is creating demand for something that people didn’t know they wanted. So it was when Ford introduced a convertible for 1957 that was also a hardtop, doing away with fragile fabric tops and replacing them with a complex mechanism to retract […]
One of the most valuable automobiles ever offered at an Amelia Island, Florida, auction – a rare 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica short-wheelbase cabriolet – highlights RM Auctions’ sale March 14 of 90 classic cars. But most significantly, proceeds from the sale of the beautiful V12-powered sports convertible will be donated to the current owner’s foundation […]
Highlighted by the appearance of rock ‘n roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis to help sell his all-original ’59 Harley – and to perform “Great Balls of Fire” on stage with a piano – the 10-day Mecum classic car auction last week in Kissimmee, Florida, exceeded $68.8 million in sales, beating last year’s Florida sale by […]
The Barrett-Jackson Live broadcasts of the 44th annual Scottsdale auction broke TV viewer records to become Velocity’s most-watched series “among households, persons 2+ and men 18+ in ratings and delivery,” the Discovery Studios’ cable TV affiliate reported. More than 5.1 million people tuned in to the six days of live coverage, Velocity said. The telecasts […]
Porsche fanatics take notice: the date has been changed for the fifth Porsche Rennsports Reunion. The monumental gathering of Porsche racing enthusiasts will take place September 25-27 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, two weeks earlier than originally planned. The date change was necessitated by an unexpected scheduling conflict with the World Endurance […]
Although the pristine 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH owned by rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis failed to achieve the forecast million-dollar mark Saturday at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, Florida, it did sell for a resounding $385,000, including auction fee. The Harley has just over 2,000 miles on its odometer and until its sale was owned since new […]
The Ford GT40 that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and led a stunning 1-2-3 sweep by the automaker’s cars in the classic endurance race, is arguably the most-significant American race car of all time. With a team led by the legendary Carroll Shelby, the newly developed GT40s not only accomplished the goal […]