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.

Historic Porsches from company museum set for worldwide tour

A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year's Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche Museum
A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year’s Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche

Porsche’s “Rolling Museum” hits the road again this spring, taking classic sports and racing cars from the automaker’s Stuttgart collection to some of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.

Starting with two cars – a 1955 356 Speedster and a 1956 356 A coupe – in the 1,000-mile California Mille from April 24-28, the Porsche Museum will have a presence at such international events as the Targa Florio Classica in Sicily, the Ennstal Classic in Austria and the Top City Rally in China. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1927 Ford lakes roadster

The 1927 Ford roadster is built around a body and frame produced by Zipper Motors
The 1927 Ford roadster is built around a body and frame produced by Zipper Motors

As the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association season launched with a major show this past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, lots of people are focusing on fun street rods as the way to go. But those things can be pricey to buy or to have professionally built.

The Pick of the Day is a modestly priced entry into hot rodding, a cool-looking 1927 Ford lakes roadster that the seller describes as “probably the best value in a pro-built street rod.” The asking price of $24,999 is “way below the cost to build,” the Tempe, Arizona, seller says in the listing on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Jaguar found under a hedge goes to Coys auction in London

The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe will come to auction in as-found condition | Coys
The 1963 Jaguar E-type coupe will come to auction in as-found condition | Coys

A dingy and tattered 1963 Jaguar XK-E coupe found under a hedge in Surrey, England, and apparently not driven since 1969, will trundle across the block March 8 during Coys’ auction in London. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 MGB GT custom V6

A small hood scoop hints at the MGB's horsepower boost lurking under its hood
A discrete hood scoop hints at the MGB’s V6 transplant horsepower boost.

The classic MGB has always been an attractive and affordable choice for sports-car fans, but with one complaint: it could use more power. The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder OHV engine is a sturdy unit with 92 horsepower, but the sleek little B would be better with more.

The Pick of the Day seems to address that issue. It’s a 1971 MGB GT hatchback coupe with a 2.8-liter V6 from a British Ford Capri (sold in the U.S. as a Mercury) transplanted under its hood that brings 150 horsepower to the package. Continue reading

1896 gas-electric hybrid set for Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction

The 1896 Armstrong Phaeton is the earliest-known gas-electric hybrid vehicle | Bonhams
The 1896 Armstrong Phaeton is the earliest known gas-electric hybrid vehicle | Bonhams

A century before there was a Toyota Prius, the earliest known gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle was built by the Armstrong Company of Connecticut. Although the 1896 Armstrong Phaeton looked more horseless carriage than motorcar, it pioneered advanced features that would take the rest of the automotive industry decades to adopt.

The Armstrong can run on electric power only, gas only, or in combination,  featuring regenerative electric-motor assist, electrically operated clutch and the first electric self-starter.

Just one example of the Armstrong Phaeton is known to survive, and it is scheduled for auction by Bonhams at Amelia Island, Florida, on March 10. Continue reading

Game-changing Brawner Hawk raced by Mario Andretti at Indy will appear at Amelia Island Concours in Florida

Mario Andretti drive's the rear-engine Brawner Hawk at Indianapolis in 1965 | Ford Motor Co.
Mario Andretti drives the rear-engine Brawner Hawk at Indianapolis in 1965 | Ford Motor Co.

In May 1965, a young Mario Andretti joined the “rear-engine revolution” at the Indianapolis 500 when he drove a newly built Brawner Hawk Ford on the big oval, showing the racing world the way of the future as he took third place and was awarded the title of Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.

The Brawner Hawk helped launch Andretti’s magical career: he won the USAC national championship in 1965 with that car, and won it again in 1966, finishing first in an impressive 66 percent of the season’s races on road courses and paved ovals. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

The Porsche 912E was produced for just one year as the entry-level model for the German sports-car brand
The Porsche 912E was produced for just one year as the entry-level model for the German sports-car brand

In 1976, Porsche brought back its four-cylinder 912 model for one year as a less-pricey alternative to the fairly expensive six-cylinder 911. Just 2,099 of the 912E sports coupes were built as a replacement for the mid-engine 914.

In turn, the 912E (the E stands for einspritzung, German for fuel injection) was replaced as Porsche’s entry-level model after a year of production by the front-engine 924.

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Porsche 912E coupe that the seller calls a “stunning time capsule” despite having more than 136,000 miles on its odometer. These are sturdy and reliable cars, so if this one was well cared for, that could be reasonable mileage for a driver-condition car. Continue reading

Amelia Concours marks 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours
The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours

The Lamborghini Miura was a landmark supercar. Introduced in 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show, Miura’s mid-mounted V12 engine and remarkably expressive body by Marcello Gandini pointed the way to the future for exotic sports cars.

The 50th anniversary of the Miura, named for an especially ferocious breed of fighting bull, will be celebrated March 13 at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, with a number of the legendary Lambos displayed on the grass at The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Continue reading

Amelia Island vintage racing an important milestone, SVRA says

Vintage sports cars chase a pair of Minis during a historic racing event | SVRA photos
Vintage sports cars chase a pair of Minis during a historic racing event | SVRA photos

Vintage racing is one of the hottest segments of classic car collecting, giving drivers the opportunity to live out their dreams of competing in historic sports and racing cars, and giving spectators a chance to witness great cars from the past out on the track where they belong.

One of the key players is the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, known as SVRA, which was acquired in 2012 by businessman and avid racer Tony Parella. Since then, SVRA has added a number of events to its docket, including such things as the first vintage-organization race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It also was the first to host a Vintage National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Cadillac Series 62 coupe

The 1956 Cadillac looks pretty clean considering that the paint and trim are 60 year sold
The 1956 Cadillac looks pretty clean considering that the paint and trim are 60 years sold

The expression “They’re only original once” has become something of a cliché in the collector car world, but it’s hard to get past whenever you encounter something like this: a 60-year-old survivor with fewer than 30,000 miles on the odometer.

The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Cadillac Series 62 two-door coupe showing just 29,583 miles, which comes out to an average of less than 500 miles per year. Obviously, this Caddy has been at rest for most of its life, but according to the North Chicago, Illinois classic car dealer selling the car, it has been awakened with complete mechanical repairs and is ready to go again. Continue reading