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: 1969 Mercury Cougar

The Cougar has been enhanced with performance upgrades
The Cougar has been enhanced with performance upgrades

Mercury Cougar was Ford Mustang’s higher-achieving but less-successful sibling. Basically, it was a decked-out Mustang with suitable luxury trim and signature features – including hideaway headlights and sequential rear turn signals – for the more-upscale Mercury customers.

Cougar never reached Mustang’s level of sales, nor its iconic image, not by a long shot, which makes it rarer than the ubiquitous Ford pony cars, although generally not as valuable nor as high profile. Continue reading

Preserved, low-mileage 1967 Corvette 427 convertible at Mecum

The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos
The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos

A pristine, all-original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 hp four-speed convertible with fewer than 24,000 documented miles, in still-gleaming original black paint with a red hood stinger and Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified.

As Sam Spade said in the Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Only this Vette is real, and it comes up for auction during Mecum’s 30th anniversary Indianapolis sale from May 16 to 21. Continue reading

Unique 4-headlight 1956 Lincoln Mark II at Russo and Steele

The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling
The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling | Russo and Steele

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II has a set of quad headlights up front. Certainly not a factory design, it was a custom treatment created decades ago by a well-known, eccentric and prolific collector of Lincolns.

This unique Mark II, which goes to auction during Russo and Steele’s fifth annual Newport Beach, California, was owned and customized by the late J.C Daniels, who collected hundreds of Lincolns after striking it rich as a Texas oilman. Before going into the oil business, he owned a Lincoln dealership, and apparently never lost his affection for Ford’s luxury cars. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Packard 120 rumble-seat coupe

The beautiful Packard 120 in a beautiful setting
The beautiful Packard 120 in a beautiful setting

The fascination with pre-war classic cars, which after all started the collector car hobby, has been fading during the past decade as new generations of enthusiasts have come on the scene. Yet there are still those who love and collect the special-interest automobiles of their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ eras.

The Pick of the Day might not be a “true classic” as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, but the 1936 Packard 120 three-window coupe is a beautiful craft that evokes the lush styling of the 1930s. Continue reading

Ray Davies’ Bentley, a rock ‘n roll relic, at Silverstone auction

The Benley sedan has been in storage since 1991 | Silverstone auctions
The Benley sedan has been in storage since 1991 | Silverstone auctions

In 1966, Ray Davies – the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic British rock band The Kinks – took some of his newfound rock ‘n roll money and bought a 1960 Bentley S2 sedan. His family had convinced him to buy the huge car despite the fact that he didn’t drive.

The Davies family did use the car, however, according to the legendary rock star who is quoted in a news release from Silverstone Auctions, which will offer the Bentley on May 13 at its Silverstone circuit sale in England. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Fiat Dino 2.0 coupe

The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer
The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer

Something rare, Italian, stylish, and with an engine designed by Ferrari, but you don’t have to raid the 401K to afford it.

That would describe the Pick of the Day, a low-mileage 1967 Fiat Dino coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V6 created by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and nicely styled by Giorgetto Guigiaro while at Bertone, and with an asking price under $50,000. Continue reading

Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1931 Dodge Brothers house car

The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet
The roof of the Dodge house car lifts up about two feet

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, motorhomes and campers were generally known as “house cars,” a fairly accurate description of the house-on-wheels approach of the day. Some of them were more like gypsy caravans with motors, while others were relatively sophisticated camping vehicles.

The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Dodge Brothers house car with a then-unusual elevating roof, which presages today’s motorhomes and trailers with rising or extending sections. When driving, the roof lies flat for a lower and more-aerodynamic profile. When parked, the roof can be raised about two feet, a fabric structure providing the four walls. Continue reading

Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auction

The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos
The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos

For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000). Continue reading

Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos
The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos

Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so the LaFerrari was quite a deviation from the company’s usual fare. Just 500 LaFerraris were produced, and this one-owner car was in brand-new condition, having been driven fewer than 600 miles. Continue reading