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.

Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replica

The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing
The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing

Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016

The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos
The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos

Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant Pageboy of Peninsula Hotels | Bob Golfen photos
The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant  Peninsula Hotels Pageboy | Bob Golfen photos

Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 3rd annual Porsche Werks Reunion

A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos
A group of Porsche fans discuss the merits of a well-restored 912 | Bob Golfen photos

The Porsche Werks Reunion continues its soaring popularity as Porsche owners from around the country converged for a massive gathering of the faithful Thursday at the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, California.

Now in its third year, the Werks Reunion has established itself as a mainstay of Monterey Car Week, with the booming values and collectability of Porsches happening at just the right time for this single-marque event. Continue reading

Best of Bob’s picks at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey

The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby's auction cars | Bob Golfen photos
The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby’s auction cars | Bob Golfen photos

Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.

The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million. Continue reading

Bob’s best of Gooding auction in Pebble Beach

The 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster is one of the stars of the Gooding auction in Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen
The 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster is one of the stars of the Gooding auction in Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen

So there you are, a kid in some kind of fantasy candy story, stacked high with all manner of sweet goodies, and you want them all. But you can only have a few of them and must leave the rest. What an ordeal.

That’s what I faced wandering around the motorized goodies at Gooding & Company’s auction preview in Pebble Beach, California, trying to pick among the mouth-watering collection of collector cars that will cross the block this weekend. If I could have only a few of them, which ones would I choose? Continue reading

Eye Candy: Carmel Mission Classic car show

The Carmel MIssion provides a stunning setting for the annual car show | Bob Golfen photos
The Carmel MIssion provides a stunning setting for the annual car show | Bob Golfen photos

The Carmel Mission Classic might not be among the biggest or best-known events of Monterey Car Week, but it ranks right up there for the beauty of its venue. Set in the courtyard of the historic San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, the show combines cool cars with the lovely, peaceful mission atmosphere, along with wine tasting from local vineyards and music by a retro soft-jazz ensemble.

There were some stars in this show, such as the 2016 feature car, a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine was owned by dance icon Fred Astaire, and lent to the mission event by the Petersen Automotive Museum. At the other end of the spectrum was the appearance of a 2016 Ferrari 488 that show organizers said is the first one in the U.S. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concours on the Avenue in Carmel

A 1958 BMW 507 roadster is greeted on stage by emcee Donald Osborne | Bob Golfen photos
A 1958 BMW 507 roadster is greeted on stage by emcee Donald Osborne | Bob Golfen photos

The Concours on the Avenue in Carmel by the Sea hit its 10th anniversary Tuesday, still the same enjoyably unpretentious car show that crowded the picturesque downtown streets with yet another terrific selection of vintage vehicles and many thousands of spectators.

The concours also retains its role as the kickoff event for the greatest collector car week of the year, which culminates Sunday with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Japanese collector cars making inroads at Monterey auctions

A 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport will be offered at the Gooding auction at Pebble Beach | Gooding & Company
A 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport will be offered at the Gooding auction at Pebble Beach | Gooding & Company

Japanese collector cars are kind of a new thing, with some of them making it into the higher echelons at auctions and private sales, and being included in museum collections. While much of the interest has been spawned by the latest generation of car collectors just coming of age, those special cars of the 1960s and ’70s have taken on a new luster for older enthusiasts.

The limited-production Toyota 2000GT sports coupe, built from 1967-70, has become a solid player among the high rollers, flirting with million-dollar bids at auction. To a lesser extent, the quirky and exotic Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S also has hit the big time, with the limited-edition rotary-powered sports coupes built from 1967-72 typically going well into six figures at auction. Continue reading