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.

Saleen supercar assets, intellectual property up for auction

The twin-turbo Saleen S7 was rated at 750 horsepower | Saleen Automotive
The twin-turbo Saleen S7 was rated at 750 horsepower | Saleen Automotive

(An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the sale as being that of a collection of items being sold directly by Saleen Automotive.  According to a Saleen spokesman, the sale items are owned by an outside party with no connection with the automaker.) 

The financial turmoil at supercar tuner and builder Saleen Automotive has gone through a number of intriguing scenarios during the past few years, including the departure and return of its founder, Steve Saleen, and the cancellation of the car designed to save the company, the S5S Raptor.

Now comes the unusual sale of Saleen assets by GA Global Partners, which will conduct the online auction November 18 starting at 10 a.m. (PDT) of what it calls “all remaining inventory, parts, memorabilia, molds, designs and intellectual property related to the Saleen S7, S7R and the Saleen S5S Raptor,” the auction company said in a news release.  Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Porsche 914 V8

he good-looking Porsche 914 shows no outward sign that it’s powered by a Chevy V8
The good-looking Porsche 914 shows no outward sign that it’s powered by a Chevy V8

A couple of weeks ago, the Pick of the Day was an interesting customized Chevrolet Corvair with a 350 Chevy V8 transplanted into its tail section. Today’s Pick is a kindred custom, a mid-engine 1974 Porsche 914 with its normal four-cylinder boxer engine replaced with another 350 powerplant. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz museum selling part of its collection

A 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type 630 Kompressor, a supercharged touring car, is the oldest classic offered | Mercedes-Benz Museum
A 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type 630 Kompressor, a supercharged touring car, is the oldest classic offered | Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, has opened part of its gleaming collection of vintage vehicles for public sale and they are backed by the museum’s expert technicians for condition and provenance. Continue reading

George Barris, famed “kustom car king” and creator of TV’s original Batmobile, dies at 89

George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the iconic Batmobile | Jana DeHart
George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the original Batmobile | Jana DeHart

George Barris, the Southern California “King of Kustomizers” best-known today for his creation of the original Batmobile for the 1960s TV show, died Thursday at his Encino home. He was 89. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1934 Ford custom street rod

The ’34 Ford custom coupe, powered by a Chevy 350 V8, has won a number of Super Chevy Shows in Ohio
The ’34 Ford custom coupe, powered by a Chevy 350 V8, has won a number of Super Chevy Shows in Ohio

In honor of SEMA week, when the entire world of aftermarket automotive goodies crowds its way into Las Vegas, the Pick of the Day is a classic street rod that was hand-built using many of the products found at SEMA.

The 1934 Ford three-window coupe is a full-fendered chop top with a rakish stance that “was built to be a show car but it also gets its fair share of cruising,” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, dealer says in the ClassicCars.com listing. Continue reading

Peter Sellers-owned Lotus Elan highlights Silverstone auction

Comedy icon Peter Sellers shows his unique driving style of the Lotus Elan in this magazine clipping | Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
Comedy icon Peter Sellers shows his unique driving style of the Lotus Elan in this magazine clipping | Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Celebrity ownership by the late comedy icon Peter Sellers should bring a solid boost to the sale of a rare 1966 Lotus Elan S2 roadster when it crosses the block at Silverstone’s auction November 14 in Birmingham, England. Continue reading

Sports, GT cars lift Artcurial auction to $8 million in Paris

A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the highest seller at Artcurial's Paris auction | Artcurial Motorcars
A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster was the highest seller at Artcurial’s Paris auction | Artcurial Motorcars

European collector cars, especially sports and GT models, are holding their strong values on the Continent as they are in the U.S., with Artcurial Motorcars reaching a solid $8 million result from its Automobiles sur les Champs auction Sunday in Paris, with 80 percent of the 77 cars sold before a packed house of spectators and participants. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Arizona’s own Brighton rally

A bright-red Corvette Sting Ray roadster on two-lane desert blacktop during the Brighton Classic Car Rally | Bob Golfen photos
A bright-red Corvette Sting Ray roadster on two-lane desert blacktop during the Brighton Classic Car Rally | Bob Golfen photos

On the very same day that ancient motorcars were trundling from London to Brighton in England, drivers of not-so-ancient vehicles were having their own Brighton rally in Arizona. Continue reading

Auctions America’s inaugural Hilton Head sale hits $5.4 million

A 1953 Corvette, a 2009 Hilton Head best of show, was a top Auctions America seller | Auctions America photos
A 1953 Corvette, 2009 Hilton Head best of show, was a top Auctions America seller | Auctions America photos

Auctions America rounded out the 2015 auction year with its inaugural “boutique” sale at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where collector car sales exceeded $5.4 million, including auction fees. Continue reading

New auction company formed to replace Barrett-Jackson sale at Hot August Nights in Reno

The Hot August Nights collector car parade through downtown Reno | Hot August Nights photos
The Hot August Nights collector car parade through downtown Reno | Hot August Nights photos

A new collector car auction company has been organized in Reno, Nevada, with the goal of conducting a sale in 2016 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center during the popular Hot August Nights gathering of custom and classic cars. Continue reading