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: 1922 REO 6C 7-passenger touring car

The 1922 REO evokes visions of the snowy roads of Christmas past
The 1922 REO evokes visions of the snowy roads of Christmas past

The Christmas season brings with it a mother lode of nostalgia, the longing for an American past as illustrated by Currier & Ives. In my version, there might be an antique car trundling along a snowy country road.

The Pick of the Day would be the perfect vehicle for such an artwork, a bright-red 1922 REO 6C touring car, riding on wood-spoke wheels, that would look perfect loaded up with Christmas presents. And with seven-passenger seating, the whole family could pile in. Continue reading

Ferrari collection to be offered by Gooding at January auction

The eight Ferraris have a total value as high as $13.5 million | Gooding & Company
The eight Ferraris have a total value as high as $13.5 million | Gooding & Company

Eight great Ferraris, dating from the 1960s to a 2003 Enzo, have been consigned to Gooding & Company’s Arizona auction in January by a Beverly Hills, California, collector well-known among the ferraristi for his unbridled enthusiasm for the Italian stallion. Continue reading

Boyd Coddington’s final, French-inspired creation readied for Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

oyd Coddington’s last custom car recaptures the vintage style of French coachbuilders  | Barrett-Jackson photos
Boyd Coddington’s last custom car recaptures the vintage style of French coachbuilders | Barrett-Jackson photos

The last custom car created by the late Boyd Coddington is a glorious homage to the French coachbuilders of the mid-20th Century. Named The French Connection, the hand-built masterpiece emulates the luscious curves and details of such creative designers as Figoni et Falaschi, Chapron and Saoutchik.

Just as magical as the fantasy body is what resides under its curvaceous hood: an Italian-made BPM V12 Hemi engine that displaces a massive 12.8 liters, or 781 cubic inches. Horsepower is estimated at 850 and torque at 1,000 pound-feet, so The French Connection is as much about its ability to roar as it is to dazzle. Continue reading

How to store and maintain your classic car over the winter

CarsandParts.com
CarsandParts.com

For the chillier parts of the United States, winter is here and your precious classic car is most likely laid up in the garage until the spring thaw. But storing a vehicle for months requires more than just pulling into its space, turning off the key and shutting the door. Continue reading

Fast and rare, an original 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible set for auction by Russo and Steele

The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible is a high-performance survivor  | Russo and Steele
The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible is a high-performance survivor | Russo and Steele

(Note: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that the car had been restored.  The Olds is actually a completely original survivor that has never required restoration.) 

A highly original, preserved example of a sought-after muscle car, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 4-speed convertible, will hit the auction ring in January during Russo and Steele’s 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Continue reading

Hagerty graphs top-10 most-searched-for muscle cars

 

Hagerty
Hagerty

The lure of American muscle cars runs strong in the collector car market, making up around 10 percent of those that are bought and sold, according to the Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation company.

Hagerty created this week’s bar graph by studying which muscle cars are most popular in Internet searches on Hagerty’s valuation tools, and these are the top 10. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Buick Special four-door hardtop

The 1957 Buick Special sparkles among fall foliage
The 1957 Buick Special sparkles amidst fall foliage

Hardtops were all the rage in the 1950s, with designers topping big cars with stylish pillarless rooflines that looked both graceful and sporty. Most were two-door hardtops, but there were some great four-door sedans and even an occasional station wagon that received the wide-open treatment.

The Pick of the Day is a sharp-looking four-door hardtop, a 1957 Buick Special presented by the seller as a fully-restored, low-mileage car with all the trimmings. The shapely roofline accentuates the sculptural body lines, while the four-door configuration looks well-integrated. Continue reading

Racing legend Dan Gurney receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dan Gurney at the Indianapolis 500 with an AAR Eagle V8 | All American Racers
Dan Gurney at the Indianapolis 500 with an AAR Eagle V8 | All American Racers

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in London to American motorsports legend Dan Gurney during the 2015 International Historic Motor Awards dinner, staged to recognize a range of achievements in the appreciation of vintage motoring and motorsports.

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Fire razes building used by America’s Packard Museum; classic cars, artifacts, equipment destroyed

Part of the destruction after the fire at the America’s Packard Museum facility | Jim Noelker/WHIO TV
Part of the destruction after the fire at the America’s Packard Museum facility | Jim Noelker/WHIO TV

A devastating fire destroyed a warehouse used by America’s Packard Museum near Dayton, Ohio, consuming a number of classic cars, irreplaceable parts and artifacts, and restoration facilities. The building is separate from the museum itself, which is located in the city of Dayton. Continue reading