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.

DB-era Aston Martins top sellers at British auction

A 1964 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage convertible was the top seller at the home-base auction | Bonhams
A 1964 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage convertible was the top seller at the home-base auction | Bonhams photos

Aston Martins of the 1960s shined brightest during Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works sale Saturday at the company’s historic home at Newport Pagnell in England.

The Aston-centric auction included 51 cars as well as loads of pricey collector items related to the esteemed British marque, among them such unusual pieces as a full-size styling mockup of the recent Aston Martin One-77 that sold for £10,625 ($15,597 at the current exchange rate). Continue reading

Mecum ‘closing in’ on $50 million result for Indianapolis auction

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $1 million | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $1 million | Mecum Auctions photos

“The Bid Goes On…” says Mecum Auctions following bidding on  vehicles that did not sell on the auction block but are still offered after the fact. This takes on special significance this year after the Original Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis as the total results creep toward the $50 million threshold for the first time.

As of Tuesday, the Indianapolis auction totaled $48,873,590 in sales (not including auction fees) with 1,094 collector cars out of 1,567 offered going to new owners, for a 70 percent sell-through rate. That is tantalizingly close to the big five-oh, according to Mecum, which contends that it is “closing in” on the illusive mark as post-block sales add up after the 29th annual sale held May 17-21. Continue reading

Now 50, the first Camaro is added to National Vehicle Register

The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association
The first prototype Chevrolet Camaro has been restored to original | Historic Vehicle Association

After many months of secrecy, the first Chevrolet Camaro emerged from the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, on May 21, 1966. This was the pilot car, the Number 1 prototype Camaro of 49 that were built in preparation for mass production of a new kind of sports Chevy.

Camaro would be officially launched in Detroit in August 1966 and a month later, Chevy’s sporty compacts rolled into dealer showrooms to begin their important mission: to chase the runaway success of Ford Mustang, which was more than two years and well over a million cars ahead.

The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey   Larson
The current owner transports the first Camaro in a see-through trailer | Corey Larson

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Camaro, the Historic Vehicle Association is documenting this first car, which wears VIN 100001, to enter the National Vehicle Register, making it the 10th iconic vehicle with American historic significance so honored with permanent inclusion in the Library of Congress. Continue reading

Lamborghini Countaches lead Silverstone UK auction

A 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S topped Silverstone's auction at more than $400,000 |Silverstone Auctions photos
A 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S topped Silverstone’s auction at more than $400,000 |Silverstone Auctions photos

A pair of millennial-favorite Lamborghini Countaches from the 1980s were the top sellers at Silverstone Auctions’s May Sale on Friday at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK.

Silverstone’s sale reached a total of £3.2million ($4.64 million at the current exchange rate) with 70 percent sold out of the 68 cars offered. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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The first-year Chevrolet Camaro coupe is powered by a big-block 396 V8

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Chevrolet Camaro ever built, here is a first-year Camaro just the way we like them, fast and flashy. While the prototype Camaro was a bare-bones economy model, this one is anything but.

The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, Ermine White with Hugger Orange stripes, powered by a 396 cid V8 fed through a manual four-speed gearbox. This Camaro was built to run away from Mustangs on the strip, or turn every head while rumbling through traffic on cruise night. Continue reading

Ferrari opens museums in Italy to virtual tours

Ferraris from TV and film star in a current Museo Enzo Ferrari exhibit | Museo Enzo Ferrari
Ferraris from TV and film star in a current Museo Enzo Ferrari exhibit | Museo Enzo Ferrari

In case you haven’t made it over to Italy to tour the fabulous Ferrari museums, Google Maps presents the means to visit from the comfort of your own computer. Three street-view tours are available of both the Museo Ferrari in Maranello and the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster

The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was turned into a two seater via a fiberglass tonneau.
The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was turned into a two seater via a fiberglass tonneau.

After Ford reinvented the Thunderbird as a four-seat luxury car for 1958, some still pined for the trim, exclusive, two-seat sports car that Thunderbird was when introduced in 1955. Four years later and voilà! The Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster was created by installing a massive, sculpted tonneau made of fiberglass to cover the rear seats and effectively turn the Thunderbird back into a two seater. Kind of, anyway.

The Pick of the Day, a 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster, was to some enthusiasts a gorgeously streamlined expression of graceful extravagance. To others, the Roadster looked just plain whacky. Continue reading

Al Unser Sr., Ray Evernham add charity vehicles to Motostalgia’s Brickyard auction in Indianapolis

The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia
The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia photos

Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Sr. and legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham are each donating vehicles from their personal collections to auction for charity at Motostalgia’s sale June 18 during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Brickyard Invitational. Continue reading

Greenwich Concours gears up for classic motor weekend

The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that finished fourth at Le Mans will appear at the Greenwich Concours | Jim Glickenhaus
The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that finished fourth at Le Mans will appear at the Greenwich Concours | Jim Glickenhaus

The 21st annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance presents three days of unbridled classic car exuberance from June 3-5 in Greenwich, Connecticut, starting off with a tour and downtown parade of the beautiful concours cars and motorcycles. The weekend also is highlighted by a pair of collector car sales by British auction house Bonhams and Dragone Auctions of Westport, Connecticut. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reaches $31.2 million at Monaco auction

A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta was the high seller at $12.6 million | RM Sotheby's photos
A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta was the high seller at $12.6 million | RM Sotheby’s photos

By most measures, RM Sotheby’s spring auction in Monaco was a solid success, scoring €27.5 million (nearly $31.2 million at the current exchange rate) as 114 cars crossed the block during Monte Carlo’s famous historic-racing weekend.

The fourth of the biannual Monaco sales (the auction house alternates yearly between Monaco and Villa Erba during the Villa d’Este concours in Italy) boasted seven cars selling for more than $1 million each, topped off by a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta that achieved €7.28 million ($8.23 million). All sales results include auction fees. Continue reading