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.

Unique ‘Gold Corvette’ headed for Mecum’s Indy auction

The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions
The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions

Chevrolet in 1962 wanted to celebrate its 50-year golden anniversary in style, so the General Motors Styling Department set out to produce a special-edition color scheme to mark the occasion. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper

The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature. Continue reading

Hagerty graph shows impact of million-dollar car sales

Hagerty
Hagerty

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would love the Graph of the Week from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, because it’s about how the 1 percenters get all the attention while spending most of the money.

For Bernie, the 1 percent comprises those multi-millionaires and billionaires who seem to get richer all the time. For classic car fanatics, the 1 percent are those seven- and eight-figure cars that the millionaires and billionaires buy and sell at auction. Continue reading

The first International Jaguar Festival launches in Scottsdale

A 1938 SS 100, the precursor of Jaguar sports cars, will be displayed at Sunday's show | Photos by Terry Larson
A 1938 SS 100, the precursor of Jaguar sports cars, will be displayed at Sunday’s show | Photos by Terry Larson

The inaugural International Jaguar Festival has roared into Scottsdale, Arizona, this week, marking the first time that all 66 Jaguar clubs in the United States, Canada and Mexico have come together for a multi-day homage to the cars of Coventry.

The main public event of the enthusiast convention happens Sunday when the Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, Historic Timeline and Racing Heritage Display take to the lawns of the ritzy Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Some 150 Jaguar sports cars, race cars and saloons (sedans to us Yanks) dating back to the 1930s and ahead to next year will be spread across the grass. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi re-creation

The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper
The 1970 Dodge Challenger is a re-creation of the rare 426 Hemi coupe, and formerly owned by shock rocker Alice Cooper

Ordinarily, I might pass up this cool-looking Hemi Challenger because it’s not a true factory R/T muscle car but a re-creation. This one, though, has great celebrity provenance as the personal car of shock rock’s greatest anti-hero, Alice Cooper.

Suitably painted Sublime Green, the Pick of the Day has been restored as a 1970 Dodge Challenger 426 Hemi R/T S/E coupe, powered by what the Scottsdale, Arizona, dealer describes as a “real date-coded, vintage, dual-quad street 426 Hemi.” Continue reading

27 Porsche 911s to be auctioned in online sale

A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com
A 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, black with a black-leather interior, is the earliest car in the auction | LiveAuctioneers.com

The rapid rise of values for Porsche 911s has brought many of them out of hiding and onto the auction stage, with the earlier model-year cars still commanding unheard-of prices.

The latest Porsche collection to hit the bidding circuit is being offered in an online auction with 27 cars from a private enthusiast ranging from a 1974 911 Carrera coupe to several low-mileage 2013 911s. Pre-auction value estimates range from the low $30,000s to $166,000, with all the cars carrying reserve prices. Continue reading

Toyota Corolla, the world’s best-selling car, marks 50 years

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyotoa
Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota, in the first Corolla he ever owned | Toyota photos

For classic car enthusiasts, the Toyota Corolla is pretty much invisible, a ubiquitous economy car that’s long on reliability but short on panache. Corolla’s familiarity might have bred contempt, but consider the fact that it is by far the highest-selling automotive nameplate in history.

More than 43 million Toyota Corollas have been sold worldwide since Toyota introduced its basic sedan to the Japanese market in 1966. The company brought Corolla to the United States two years later, where it hit the ground running and has never stopped. During 2015, Toyota sold nearly 1,000 Corollas every day in the United States, about 363,000 in all. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Volkswagen Beetle

The 1965 Volkswagen Beetle has just 22,553 miles on its odometer
The 1965 Volkswagen Beetle has just 22,553 miles on its odometer

Volkswagen Beetles could be the most common of all collector cars (well, Ford Mustangs might be close), with loads of avid VeeDub enthusiasts, clubs and events. Beetles appeal to young hobbyists for the simplicity of their classic design, easy repair and low cost, as well as their vast customization possibilities.

Too bad the great majority of them were used up and discarded and allowed to rust away rather than being preserved. Which is what makes the Pick of the Day such a great find: a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle in apparently immaculate original condition with just over 22,000 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford F1 Ranger Marmon Herrington

The 1951 Ford F1 Ranger was converted to utility body and four-wheel drive by outside contractors
The 1951 Ford F1 Ranger was converted to utility body and four-wheel drive by outside contractors

The first Ford truck to wear the Ranger badge was not a pickup but what was then known as a carry-all vehicle, and now called an SUV. And it wasn’t even a pure Ford but a panel truck converted by two outside vendors into a passenger wagon with four-wheel drive.

The Pick of the Day is a rarely seen 1951 Ford F1 Ranger Marmon Harrington that is described as having been extensively restored to immaculate original condition. Continue reading

BMW restored by Clarion to benefit Barrett-Jackson cancer fund

The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds
The 1974 BMW 2002 resto-mod wear European bumpers and sits on BBS wheels | Clarion Builds

A sharp little 1974 BMW 2002 “resto-mod” that will cross the auction block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale next month in Palm Beach, Florida, has a lot of hope and promise riding on its short wheelbase.

The BMW coupe is the first project completed by Clarion Builds, a restoration initiative created by the Clarion Corporation of audio-system fame, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit cancer research at the Translational Genomics (TGen) Research Institute based in Phoenix. Continue reading