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.
Nearly every SUV these days is a crossover, recognition of the fact that while many people want to ride tall in the saddle and have lots of room for people and stuff, they also want a vehicle that drives like a passenger car. Thus, stylish wagons that look sort of like trucks but are built […]
There was a time when the rusted hulk of an old car dragged out of the woods was worth nothing more than what the recycling yard would pay for scrap. No more. As values for desirable classic cars continue to climb, and demand strengthens, what once were considered hopeless wrecks have become solid candidates for […]
One of the most successful models produced by Bugatti was the Type 57, created by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, and introduced in 1934. With numerous body styles by renowned coachbuilders as well as the Bugatti factory, including such exotics as the iconic Atlantic prototype, the Type 57 is today the best-remembered of the French […]
The model year 1958 was a strange one for Detroit, with both General Motors and Ford introducing full-size cars that were essentially stylistic dead ends. And 1958 was the year that GM divisions really slathered on the chrome for top models; even Chevrolet Corvette featured a bunch of chrome flare. One car that truly stands […]
Today begins the great Mille Miglia of Italy, the 33rd running of the thousand-mile rally revival that commemorates one of the world’s most-storied road races. A record 438 sports, GT and race cars that were built between 1927 and 1957 – the years of the original Mille Miglia race on Italian public roads and village […]
Two significant Italian sports-car prototypes, the first Maserati Ghibli Spyder and the original U.S.-spec Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, will be offered by RM Sotheby’s at its Monterey auction in August. The 1968 Ghibli is documented as the first Spyder built, with some key differences from production models. The convertible, with VIN 1001, features styling by […]
One of the most-famous what-might-have-been tales in General Motors history is that of the 1964 Pontiac Banshee concept car. The stylishly aerodynamic and lightweight fiberglass sports car, code-named XP-833, was designed under the guidance of the visionary John Z. DeLorean, then head of the Pontiac division, as a modestly priced competitor to Ford’s wildly successful […]
When you really think about it, doesn’t it seem strange that some of the most luxurious and prestigious vehicles these days are basically large trucks? Sure, there are some glorious sedans and crossovers, but for the major statement of having arrived, it takes a luxury truck. The Lincoln Navigator is a case in point. This […]
“This 1955 Chevrolet 210 demonstrates why it’s always good to have a plan. The cohesive build isn’t flashy but shows a clarity of purpose that few resto-mods can claim.” So begins the lengthy and enjoyable description of the Pick of the Week, a tastefully customized 1955 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan. With Mecum Auctions next week […]
Six major collections of primarily American muscle cars, Corvettes and Mustangs will be featured when Mecum Auctions opens its massive five-day Spring Classic sale to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The 28th annual Indy auction takes place May 12-16 with an estimated 2,000 vehicles crossing the block. New this year is the addition of […]