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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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Supercars star at Russo and Steele in Newport Beach

Supercars star at Russo and Steele in Newport Beach

Three modern supercars from three different continents led the bidding at Russo and Steele’s third annual Newport Beach auction, which reported a 71 percent jump in total sales compared with year-ago figures. In preliminary results, the auction reported sales of $7.2 million, which is $3 million more than the total for the 2014 event.

By June 11, 2015 Read More →
Driven: 2015 Toyota Prius c hybrid

Driven: 2015 Toyota Prius c hybrid

My favorite form of Toyota’s ubiquitous hybrid car, the Prius c is a subcompact hatchback that delivers sporty handling and a fun driving experience as well as a solid 50 miles per gallon. For one thing, the styling is more expressive and appealing than the doorstop-shaped standard Prius. The car’s design goes a long way […]

Barrett-Jackson moves to days for Hot August Nights

Barrett-Jackson moves to days for Hot August Nights

Barrett-Jackson will move its Hot August Nights auction to daytime hours to allow the crowds to attend both the bidding and the evening hot-rod events in the Reno and Sparks, Nevada, area. The change in hours for the third annual auction reflects the nature of Hot August Nights, according to auction chairman Craig Jackson, because […]

By June 10, 2015 Read More →
Mecum scores nearly $10 million sale in Seattle

Mecum scores nearly $10 million sale in Seattle

A 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE led the bidding at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Seattle, where total sales reached $9,517,676. The restored Plum Crazy Challenger, a true R-code car with four-speed manual transmission, sold for a high bid of $185,000 (sales results do not include auction fees). The second-highest sale was for […]

By June 10, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Day: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Pick of the Day: 1955 Ford Thunderbird

This is the 60th anniversary year for the fabulous 1955 Ford Thunderbird, built to compete against Chevrolet Corvette and the onslaught of popular sports cars coming from England and Italy. This was when Ford was just coming out from behind its boxy, conservative post-war look with an array of stylishly modern automobiles. But none showed […]

Pick of the Week: Ferrari 250 GT California replica

Pick of the Week: Ferrari 250 GT California replica

Editor’s note: Pick of the Week is on the move. Starting Monday, this popular feature becomes Pick of the Day, running every weekday, Monday through Friday, bringing you a daily look at some of the most fun, interesting and exceptional vehicles advertised on ClassicCars.com. Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: This car […]

Are you a real car person? Take the ClassicCars.com survey and find out for sure

Are you a real car person? Take the ClassicCars.com survey and find out for sure

Some say that being a car guy or gal is a blessing that makes life worth living. Others say it’s a sickness. But whether you love the style, the speed, the camaraderie or just the smell of hot exhaust, being car people often defines who we are, and it sets us apart from people who […]

Boyd Coddington hot rod at Russo and Steele auction

Boyd Coddington hot rod at Russo and Steele auction

One of the last pieces of hot-rod artwork to roll out of the late Boyd Coddington’s famed California shop, a custom 1932 Ford Model B, will be presented for auction at Russo and Steele’s upcoming sale in Newport Beach, California. Coddington, who died in February 2008 at the age of 64, was famous for the […]

By June 2, 2015 Read More →
Shelby Cobra Daytonas to reunite at Goodwood Revival

Shelby Cobra Daytonas to reunite at Goodwood Revival

All six Shelby Cobra Daytona coupes, the groundbreaking aerodynamic race cars designed by Peter Brock for high top speeds at Le Mans, will be brought together, apparently for the first time, during the Goodwood Revival in September. The British classic car lovefest will mark the anniversary of the Ford V8-powered racers debut at Daytona on […]

By June 1, 2015 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1945 Ford pickup truck

Pick of the Week: 1945 Ford pickup truck

As a reminder of Memorial Day, the Pick of the Week is a meaningful relic of the immediate post-World War II era, one of the first civilian pickup trucks to be produced as the conflict was ending. This rare 1945 Ford pickup looks more like a piece of industrial art than a 70-year-old workhorse. Simple […]