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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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Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

The Steve McQueen magic was working again Saturday night when a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 originally owned by the King of Cool hammered sold for a solid $9,250,000 at RM Auctions Monterey sale. That was just above RM’s pre-auction low estimate for the Ferrari coupe, plus the 10 percent auction fee on top of that. […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsches are all over the Monterey Peninsula this week. One reason for that – beyond the booming popularity of 911s – was the inaugural Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion that took place Friday on a rolling golf course in Carmel. More than 500 Porsches, ranging from early 356 models to the latest performance cars, gathered […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

A 1962 Ferrari GTO Berlinetta became the highest-priced car ever sold at public auction Thursday as its price was bid to $34.65 million at Bonhams in Carmel, California. Including the buyer fee, the total for the GTO exceeds $38.1 million. Yet that winning bid was well below speculation that the holy grail of vintage racing […]

By August 15, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

The big silver streamlined car with the Mercedes-Benz star painted on its nose raised plenty of questions Thursday morning at the start of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The main question: What is it? The car seemed obviously prewar with a competition style, but even veteran Mercedes-Benz collectors were stumped about its provenance. The Benz […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

Amid all the high-end automotive finery of Monterey Classic Car Week comes the Little Car Show, an unabashed celebration of the smallest, simplest and most-fun modes of transportation. The fifth annual Little Car Show in downtown Pacific Grove brought together nearly a hundred tiny cars and trucks with engines of 1,600cc or less for an […]

By August 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Carmel Concours starts Monterey classic car festivities

Carmel Concours starts Monterey classic car festivities

The Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue is a relaxed way to kick off Monterey Classic Car Week, with much of the tree-lined downtown closed off for anything but the most special collector cars. Ocean Avenue was packed with spectators for Tuesday’s free concours, now in its eighth year, which brings out everything from rare European and […]

By August 13, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Earliest road-going 300 SL Gullwing, ex-Briggs Cunningham, goes to Gooding auction

Earliest road-going 300 SL Gullwing, ex-Briggs Cunningham, goes to Gooding auction

One of the most-significant and earliest Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwings goes to auction this week in Pebble Beach as Gooding & Company offers the first road-going 300 SL provided to a customer. That customer was none other than renowned American gentleman racer and competition-car builder Briggs Cunningham. Ahead of the car’s launch, Mercedes-Benz made arrangements […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →
My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

And so the pilgrimage begins, the great movement of automotive humanity onto the small Monterey Peninsula that juts out from the midsection of coastal California. Hobbyists, dreamers, vintage racers, wealthy collectors, they all converge this week for the unparalleled multitude of classic car events that make up Monterey Classic Car Week, which builds like a […]

By August 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

Pick of the Week: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

The Chevrolet Vega is a much maligned little car (with good reason), but there was one bright spot: the remarkable Cosworth Vega, a limited-edition model that boasted a British-made performance engine. I never expected to have a Vega for Pick of the Week, but the 1976 Cosworth Vega advertised in ClassicCars.com for sale in Deltona, […]

Auctions America hits $17.5 million at California sale

Auctions America hits $17.5 million at California sale

Blue-chip collector cars led the bidding at Auction America’s second-annual Los Angeles sale, an event that generated $17.5 million in sales for its wide-ranging selection of cars and automobilia. Leading the charge was a gorgeously restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster that hit $1,155,000, followed by a lovely 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa that went for $1,017,500 […]

By August 7, 2014 Read More →