All posts by 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.

Paul Newman Porsche race car offered at Cole’s Monterey auction

The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Pail Newman's entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions
The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Paul Newman’s entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions photos

A 1974 Porsche 911S competition car once owned and raced by Hollywood film legend Paul Newman will be among the pack of Porsches offered by Rick Cole Auctions next month in Monterey, California.

Driven by Newman and Bill Freeman in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche marked the start of the Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. The late actor’s racing career continued through his participation at Daytona in 2005. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson
The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson

If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.

The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine. Continue reading

Gooding consigns rare Ferraris for Monterey auction

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos

Four spectacular Ferraris, each of them worth a king’s ransom, will be presented at Gooding & Company’s collector car auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours week. Ranging in years from 1950 to 1962, the four historic Ferraris have a collective estimated value of $49 million to $58 million, which could put Gooding’s Monterey results into uncharted territory. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models

So, you’ve been saving up all these years for the perfect classic car to drive and enjoy, and as you scan the listings, you say to yourself: “What is it that I really want? What would be the perfect car for me?”

If you are interested in having an all-American car with some exotic flair and good performance, one that you could drive in rallies and events, and one that you could easily take care of in your garage, it’s hard to beat a vintage Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auction

A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Ariel Square Four with Watsonian sidecar

The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to such an attractive vintage sidecar
The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to a vintage sidecar

We’ve posted a few stories recently on ClassicCars.com about the joys and relative affordability of collecting vintage motorcycles. Well, here’s a perfect example, a desirable British bike with a charming, enclosed sidecar offered by a high-end classic car dealer at a reasonable asking price.

The Pick of the Day, a rare 1948 Ariel Square Four with a Watsonian sidecar, would be a striking standout at any classic vehicle show as well as a particularly awesome means for cruising the streets and highways. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 ‘forward-control’ pickup

The Jeep 'forward control' pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck
The Jeep ‘forward control’ pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck

The Pick of the Day is one of the oddest-looking pickup trucks ever made, but one that has achieved icon status among the cadre of true Jeep faithful. Rare then and much rarer today, the “forward-control” pickup was recently celebrated by Jeep with a modern concept version.

The 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 has been comprehensively restored, according to the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. This is a beefy ¾ ton, four-wheel-drive truck designed for heavy duty, but in its apparently immaculate condition, this one would be more at home on the car-show field or showed off on cruise night. Continue reading

Vintage Ford muscle heads $11 million Mecum auction

The 1963 Ford Galaxie is powered by an R-Code 427 V8 | Mecum Auction photos
The 1963 Ford Galaxie is powered by an R-Code 427 V8 | Mecum Auction photos

A rare high-performance 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL packing a 427 cid V8 led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ second annual Denver sale, which realized $11 million in sales with 402 collector cars sold out of 611 offered, for a nearly 66 percent sell through rate.

The total was off from Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale, which totaled more than $12 million for 396 vehicles with a 66 percent sell-through. This year’s auction was dinged by the no-sales of several modern exotics that failed to meet reserve, including one of the headliners, a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition that was pulled after bidding stalled at $240,000. Continue reading