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.
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 […]
After witnessing all those high-end collector cars selling for nosebleed prices during Arizona auction week, I thought I would come back to earth with a clean-looking piece of classic America muscle that won’t cost more than your house. Or the entire neighborhood, for that matter. So the Pick of the Week goes to this attractive […]
While million-dollar-plus collector cars are seen relatively frequently these days, the very idea of a million-dollar motorcycle still seems far-fetched. But Dana Mecum, head of Mecum Auctions, believes he might have a potential seven-figure motorcycle coming over the block Saturday at Kissimmee, Florida. The bike is a 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH with just over 2,000 miles […]
The Simeone Automotive Museum will feature its latest acquisition, a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe, during the Philadelphia collection’s next Demo Day, which takes place Saturday and will showcase significant European competition rally cars. The public event – called “Rally!” – starts at noon and includes four of the greatest examples of vintage race […]
Infiniti’s Q60 has been with us for quite awhile, back even before the Nissan luxury brand decided a couple of years ago to preface the names of all its cars and SUVs with the letter Q. Though it’s never been entirely clear to me what Q has to do with Infiniti, that’s how the marketing […]
I walked into the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale last Saturday just in time to witness a 1966 Porsche 912 being hammered sold for $75,000. No, not a proper six-cylinder 911 but a mild-mannered four-cylinder 912. With auction fee, the sale price was $82,500. I don’t mean to be disparaging, but this seems like […]
Rare British motorcycles led the pack as Bonhams’ fifth annual Las Vegas bike auction reached $4.47 million recently at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, while an antique Harley scored because of its Steve McQueen connection. Two world records were set by Vincent motorcycles: a 1950 Vincent Series C White Shadow, one of just 15 produced, sold […]
Another sign of the generational shift in collector cars: The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has announced that the once-humble Porsche 914 will be among the honored marques in March. Of course, this is the prestigious Amelia Island Concours, so you won’t see your neighbor’s 914 driver sitting on the lawn among the classic car finery. […]
With the massive crowd at Barrett-Jackson on their feet, many of them waving tiny American flags, and an honor guard of military veterans on stage, the huge Futurliner crept slowly up the ramp toward the auctioneers like some behemoth from a science-fiction movie. The 1950 General Motors Futurliner tour bus, a brawny piece of modern sculpture […]
Rising values, worth vs. drivability, and the fact that high-value collector cars are too-often seen today as precious commodities rather than classic automobiles meant to be enjoyed – these were the overarching themes of Thursday’s second annual Sports Car Market Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar. “As you heard, we are all slightly saddened that collector cars are […]