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.

Unknown Shelby GT350 ‘barn find’ headed to Bonhams auction

The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams
The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams

A secret “barn-find” 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, hidden away for 40 years by its original owner and unknown even to the Shelby American Registry, goes to auction June 5 during Bonhams’ sale in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Shelby will be offered “as-found” and without reserve by Bonhams, which values the fastback coupe at $80,000 to $120,000, which seems like a modest goal considering the rising values of GT350s in even the most-ratty condition. Continue reading

Driven: Vipers and Hellcats run wild at Bondurant driving school

A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school's purpose-built track | Bondurant School of High Performance driving
A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school’s purpose-built track | Bondurant

So there I was, piloting a 645-horsepower Dodge Viper around the tight turns of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. And seated next to me was the man himself, Bob Bondurant, instructing me on how to get the car around the track in the shortest time possible. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe custom woodie

The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original
The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original

Woodies are cool. Whether you’re talking about ’60s surfer life, custom street rods or classic country-club culture, nostalgia for wood-bodied cars makes them a mainstay for car collectors. Beautiful examples tend to carry exclusive price tags.

That’s why it was so nice to find the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe with custom wood trim, priced under $24,000. No, there was no wood-bodied Plymouth coupe produced in 1950 – only some station wagons wore wood, and 1950 was the final year – but the professional-looking woodwork on this coupe looks original enough that you might believe there actually was one. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

This little red Corvette is offered for sale in Nevada
This little red Corvette is offered for sale in Nevada

We’re all grownups here, so I suppose most of us know that Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” wasn’t really about a car. But in honor of the fallen superstar, the Pick of the Day is an actual little red Corvette, so “I guess that makes it all right…”

The 1964 Chevrolet Corvette roadster was repainted in the factory-correct Riverside Red during a total exterior restoration, according to the Henderson, Nevada, dealer listing the car for sale on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Iowa barn find of VW cars and parts coming to auction

The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneers
The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneering

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or so we’ve been told. For certain Volkswagen fanatics, the recently uncovered cache of 25 forlorn VW carcasses and several tons of musty parts in Iowa might seem like a trove of possibilities.

Some of the cars could be salvageable and provide a way to get into a VW restoration project on the cheap. Or the multitude of parts could include some necessary fodder for that VW project already started, or even for supplying a VW restoration business.

A rusty VW beetle after being removed from the building | Hoge
Crusty VW beetles after being removed from the building | Hoge

The mishmash of VW cars and parts, oddly found packed together on the second floor of a lumberyard building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be auctioned June 10 and 11 by Hoge Auctioneering, a business that specializes in farm and estate sales. Continue reading

Porsche teams with Pirelli on modern tires for its vintage cars

The Pirelli tires were subjected to rigorous testing by Porsche experts | Porsche
The Pirelli tires were subjected to rigorous testing by Porsche experts | Porsche photos

One of the toughest decisions for classic car owners concerns tires. That’s especially true when dealing with sports or performance cars that are driven by enthusiasts.

You might want your car to look as authentic as possible, but original-type reproduction tires might not hold up to your demands in terms of handling, adhesion or wear. And modern tires can look awkward on restored or preserved cars.

If your particular old-car obsession is Porsche, then you may be in luck. Porsche Classic has teamed up with Pirelli to create new tires with modern-day properties that are suitable in appearance and performance for older cars from 1959 through 2005, including 356B and C models, various generations of 911, early Boxsters and front-engine 924s, 944s, 928s and 968s. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxi

The 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxi was the final street version of the rally car
The 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxi was the final street version of the rally car

If you’ve always wanted the quickest, craziest and most-offbeat collector car in town, here’s a likely candidate: the street version of a roaring factory rally beast built from Renault’s mild-mannered Le Car front-wheel-drive econobox.

The Pick of the Day, a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Maxi, is a factory homologation special produced in limited numbers to permit the French automaker to compete in the competitive Group B international rallies for production cars. These are all-out racing events that run timed segments on back-country dirt and paved roads, and when the R5 Turbo was born 35 years ago, it briefly ruled. Continue reading

Mecum’s May sale in Indy ripped with GM muscle

A rare high-performance 1969 Corvette L88 leads the GM offerings at Mecum's Indy auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A rare high-performance 1969 Corvette L88 leads the GM offerings at Mecum’s Indy auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Loads of General Motors muscle cars from Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac will be featured among some 2,000 collector cars set to run over the block during Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic from May 17 to 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

By the numbers, Mecum said it so far has consigned 96 Corvettes, 56 Camaros, 41 Chevelles, 26 Pontiac GTOs, 13 Oldsmobile 442s and eight Buick GSs. Continue reading

Mecum’s Houston auction reaches nearly $20 million

A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum's sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum’s sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions

Nearly $20 million worth of collector cars were sold by Mecum Auctions during its fifth annual auction last week in Houston, with 543 vehicles selling out of 820 that crossed the block. That number is off from the 2015 Houston sale with more than $25 million for 645 cars sold out of around 900 offered. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Crosley Hot Shot

 

The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body
The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body

During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.

The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds. Continue reading