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: 1972 Maserati Indy

The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition
The Maserati Indy is a low-mileage car said to be in excellent condition

One of the most beautiful four-seater coupes ever produced was introduced by Maserati in 1969, the streamlined Indy designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale. A more-accommodating alternative to the fabulous Ghibli, the Indy was conceived as a fast luxury transporter for long-distance touring.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1972 Maserati Indy in the striking color combination of Arancia (a pale orange) with a black leather interior. The St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Masser on ClassicCars.com describes it as being in “spectacular condition.” Continue reading

Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

Mulholland Speedster wins top prize at Sacramento Autorama

The custom 1936 Packard racked up a number of top awards | Sacramento Autorama
The custom 1936 Packard racked up a number of awards at Autorama | Sacramento Autorama photos

The stunning Mulholland Speedster, a custom 1936 Packard roadster built to emulate the grand coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, has claimed its second top prize this year, winning Custom d’Elegance honors Sunday at the 67th annual Sacramento Autorama.

In January, the V12-powered Packard, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods, claimed the honor of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ladd is the first builder to achieve both prestigious awards in a single year. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5

The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car
The Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is said to be a well-preserved, all-original muscle car

The Pick of the Day is one of the most desirable of big-block muscle cars, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 coupe, which the seller says is an all-original survivor that looks as good and runs as well as when it came out of the factory.

This is the 360-horsepower LS5 version of the Chevelle SS 454, one tier down from the Holy Grail LS6 with its solid-lifter 454 that cranked out a conservatively rated 450 hp. Still, this LS5 with its heavy-duty Rock Crusher manual transmission should provide plenty of performance satisfaction. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to host Camaro’s 50th birthday party

The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association
The first Camaro ever built will be part of the concours display | Historic Vehicle Association

General Motors was chasing the runaway success of the Ford Mustang when its designers began developing the prototype Chevrolet Camaro. Behind closed doors, a dream team that included such GM stars as Pete Estes, Ed Cole and John DeLorean quickly created a sports coupe that ran right to the heart for Chevy fans.

The design phase was very hush-hush, according to GM insiders, with even the skeptical company brass kept in the dark until the completed Camaro prototype was revealed to them. They were wowed by the sophisticated design of the four-seat coupe, which had been honed by wind-tunnel testing.

For 1967, Camaro was added to the Chevrolet lineup as an unprecedented sixth model. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2005 Honda S2000

The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future
The Honda S2000 is a strong candidate to become a classic in the future

When the talk turns to future classics, one of the first Japanese cars that pops into mind is the Honda S2000, a quick and aggressive little roadster with an engine that loves to rev. The S2000 is something of a throwback to the British sports cars of the ’60s, and it has earned a reputation as a raw and demanding hot rod that rewards the driver with its unique style and performance.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Honda S2000, a second-generation model that had received a minor facelift and an engine enlarged to 2.2 liters from 2.0. The 2.2-liter engine delivers a peak of 237 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm but only a comparably mild 162 pounds-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. Continue reading

Amelia Concours honors Porsche’s ‘giant-killer’ four-cam racers

Pioneering Porsche racer Bob Holbert at the wheel of a  718 RS60 | Amelia Island Concours archive photos
Pioneering Porsche racer Bob Holbert at the wheel of a 718 RS60 | Amelia Island Concours archive photos

The magic of Porsche engineering was at full chat in the early 1950s when the upstart sports car company revealed its remarkable and groundbreaking flat-four engine with four overhead camshafts, two per side.

Designed by Ernst Fuhrman, the complex engines were small in displacement but mighty in high-revving output, and they quickly earned Porsche the reputation of a giant killer on international race tracks at the top of the competition game. Continue reading

British company to replicate Mini Mk 1 body shells

British Motor Heritage showed the replacement Mini body shell in November | British Motor Heritage
British Motor Heritage showed the replacement Mini body shell in November | British Motor Heritage

Complete body shells for the iconic first-generation Mini Mk 1 will soon start production by British Motor Heritage. The company that long has supplied replacement bodies for later Mini models from 1976 on, as well as repair panels for the early models, plans to start production of Mk 1 bodies in April. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan S

Volkswagen Tiguan is a a modest-looking but sharp driving little SUV  | Volkwagen photos
Volkswagen Tiguan is a a modest-looking but sharp driving little SUV | Volkwagen photos

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a modest-looking compact SUV in a market in which extravagant styling and trim are major selling points. The interior is pretty standard stuff, too. Nothing to get excited about.

But what Tiguan lacks in panache it makes up for in drivability. This is what Volkswagen does well, presenting a car or SUV that feels solid and performs above par. The 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four is lively, the steering is quick and precise, and the handling is surperior for this popular class of little truckette. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Mazda RX-7 GSL

The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor
The Mazda RX-7 is a clean-looking low-mileage survivor

Although the Mazda RX-7 has never hit its stride as a collector car, enthusiasts know it as an innovative sports car powered by a tiny-yet-powerful rotary engine mounted far enough behind the front wheels to earn it mid-engine designation. A near-perfect 50-50 weight balance contributes to the car’s exceptional handling.

The Pick of the Day is a 1983 Mazda RX-7 GSL with only 32,699 miles on its odometer and a very modest price tag for such an interesting survivor. The GSL label designates the fully optioned luxury model equipped with the desirable power and convenience features of its day. Continue reading