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: 1979 Toyota Celica Supra

 The Toyota Celica Supra is described as being in all-around good original condition
The Toyota Celica Supra is described as being in all-around good original condition

For too many years, conventional car-guy wisdom determined that Japanese cars would never rise to the level of collectability, and that the late 1970s and ’80s were wastelands of forgettable vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is yet another Japanese car from the era that challenges that mindset: a 1979 Toyota Celica Supra liftback that is a rare survivor of the disco days. And it could have a future as a bona fide classic car. Continue reading

Ultra-rare Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake heading to auction

The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra  Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos
The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos

Only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes were ever built, destined for drag strips where they showed the same winning ways in a straight line that they had already shown on twisting road courses.

Cobra number CSX2472 was one of them, originally planned as a Shelby race team car but instead built to the unique specifications of a private owner in 1965. The fire-breathing Dragonsnake is indeed a rare high-performance Cobra and it goes to auction September 5 during Worldwide Auctioneers’ eighth annual sale at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum complex in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A roadster

The 1929 Ford Modal A roadster is a classic representation of an early dry-lakes speed racer
The 1929 Ford Modal A roadster is a classic representation of an early dry-lakes speed racer

“Dry lake” means something different in Southern California than it does in the rest of the world. Speed-obsessed hot rodders since the late 1940s have viewed the flat, dusty expanses of prehistoric lake beds as perfect places to go fast, fast enough to break records, and to do so in an automotive style that created an entire subculture.

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Monterey memories – concours and cars shows

A 1959 Porsche 356 Convertible D gleams at the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos
A 1959 Porsche 356 Convertible D gleams at the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos

So many events, so little time. That could be the marketing slogan for Monterey Classic Car Week, when a seemingly countless number of car shows, concours, exhibits, rallies, parties, dinners and, of course, auctions crowd the days leading up to the vaunted Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

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McQueen magic lifts Porsche Turbo sale to stunning $1.95 million

The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen
The final price of the Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera once owned by Steve McQueen was a record breaker by far| Bob Golfen

The Steve McQueen magic strikes again, this time at Mecum’s auction last week in Monterey, where a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was the last special-order car owned by the late film icon raised the roof with an incredible sale price of $1.95 million.

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Classic Isotta Fraschini wins Pebble Beach Concours

A shower of confetti greets the best-of-show Isotta Fraschini | Bob Golfen
A shower of confetti greets the best-of-show Isotta Fraschini as it rolls up to receive its award | Bob Golfen photos

The 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance returned to the classics Sunday with its best of show winner, a spectacular 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet that stood apart from among more than 200 of the world’s greatest vintage cars.

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