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.

Big 3 muscle cars featured at first Mecum auction in Portland

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Portland, Oregon for the first time June 17-18 with an expected 600 collector cars for sale. Despite being held in Portland, the auction won’t be filled with vintage Volvos and Subarus but instead a broad selection of mostly American muscle cars, hot rods and classics.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White
The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White

A trio of desirable big-block muscle cars representing the Big 3 Detroit automakers leads the consignments so far, all of them lightweight cars with huge performance engines. Continue reading

Grueling Peking to Paris rally readies 35-day adventure

A Bentley crosses an arid wasteland during the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge | Endurance Rally Association
A vintage Bentley crosses an arid wasteland during the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge | Endurance Rally Association

Competitors from around the world will line up for a grueling 8,500-mile, 35-day vintage-car rally starting June 12 as the sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge gets under way. The 110 crews will start at the Great Wall in Beijing and cross through 11 nations before reaching the finish line at the Place Vendôme in Paris on July 17. Continue reading

Hagerty charts fastest-selling collector cars, with some surprises

Hagerty
Hagerty

Selling a collector car through an online listing can be a long and frustrating process. Or, it can be a brief and rewarding experience. It depends on so many things: your asking price, your timing, your choice of selling sites and, of course, whatever it is you are selling.

The latest graphic from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, shows the collector cars that have the shortest selling times, according to a survey of online listings dating back to January 2015. What emerged is a motley group of the expected and the unexpected, some of which have seen rising values and others that have not. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

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The Chevrolet Blazer is equipped with a cloth convertible top for open-air driving fun

With Memorial Day in the rear-view mirror, so begins the time for summer adventure. Whether that means a trip to the beach, a trek through the woods or just sunny-day cruising, here’s a big, orange fun mobile for whatever you have in mind.

The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that the Kentwood, Michigan, seller says is totally restored and ready to go anywhere. With four-wheel-drive and trail-ready tires, backed by a rebuilt 350 cid V8, this beast should be pretty much unstoppable off road or on. Continue reading

Auctions America stirs the pot for Santa Monica sale

The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America
The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America

Exotic supercars, muscle cars and a Fiat wagon used to chauffeur Pope Francis during his visit to the United States are among the highlights of Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale June 25-26 at Barker Hangar.

The supercar collection is led by a 1995 Ferrari F50, a 13,000-mile example of the ultra-exotic, 513-horsepower performance coupe with the towering rear wing. In bright Ferrari red, the F50 is valued between $1,800,000 and $2,100,000. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo is painted in the very '70s shade of Sequoia Green
The Monte Carlo is painted in the very ’70s shade of Sequoia Green

The 1970s was the funkadelic decade when folks did the hustle in bell bottoms and drove around in “personal luxury coupes,” best exemplified by the Pick of the Day, a classic 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

This low-mileage coupe wears the factory-correct Sequoia Green and Antique White colors that were so popular during that strange era, and according to the Tampa, Florida, dealer advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com, it is a one-owner Florida car in great original condition. Continue reading

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, first Camaro added to National Historic 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 Historic Vehicle Register, making it the next 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