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: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is from the first year of the Sting Ray models

So, you’ve been saving up all these years for the perfect classic car to drive and enjoy, and as you scan the listings, you say to yourself: “What is it that I really want? What would be the perfect car for me?”

If you are interested in having an all-American car with some exotic flair and good performance, one that you could drive in rallies and events, and one that you could easily take care of in your garage, it’s hard to beat a vintage Chevrolet Corvette. Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auction

A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Ariel Square Four with Watsonian sidecar

The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to such an attractive vintage sidecar
The Ariel Square Four is a coveted classic motorcycle, especially attached to a vintage sidecar

We’ve posted a few stories recently on ClassicCars.com about the joys and relative affordability of collecting vintage motorcycles. Well, here’s a perfect example, a desirable British bike with a charming, enclosed sidecar offered by a high-end classic car dealer at a reasonable asking price.

The Pick of the Day, a rare 1948 Ariel Square Four with a Watsonian sidecar, would be a striking standout at any classic vehicle show as well as a particularly awesome means for cruising the streets and highways. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 ‘forward-control’ pickup

The Jeep 'forward control' pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck
The Jeep ‘forward control’ pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck

The Pick of the Day is one of the oddest-looking pickup trucks ever made, but one that has achieved icon status among the cadre of true Jeep faithful. Rare then and much rarer today, the “forward-control” pickup was recently celebrated by Jeep with a modern concept version.

The 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 has been comprehensively restored, according to the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. This is a beefy ¾ ton, four-wheel-drive truck designed for heavy duty, but in its apparently immaculate condition, this one would be more at home on the car-show field or showed off on cruise night. Continue reading

Vintage Ford muscle heads $11 million Mecum auction

The 1963 Ford Galaxie is powered by an R-Code 427 V8 | Mecum Auction photos
The 1963 Ford Galaxie is powered by an R-Code 427 V8 | Mecum Auction photos

A rare high-performance 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL packing a 427 cid V8 led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ second annual Denver sale, which realized $11 million in sales with 402 collector cars sold out of 611 offered, for a nearly 66 percent sell through rate.

The total was off from Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale, which totaled more than $12 million for 396 vehicles with a 66 percent sell-through. This year’s auction was dinged by the no-sales of several modern exotics that failed to meet reserve, including one of the headliners, a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition that was pulled after bidding stalled at $240,000. Continue reading

Colorful Porsche 911 ‘art cars’ to grace Russo and Steele auction

The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos
The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos

Porsche 911s are already works of art, according to most followers of the German marque, but a small group of Quebec artists took that a step further by using the classic sports coupes as canvases for evocative paintings.

The Art Cars Project started in 2006 when a creatively painted 911 by Canadian artist Claude Le Sauteur debuted to acclaim at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec). Shortly after, the decision was made to expand the project by having eight artists, four Canadians and four from elsewhere around the globe, each design and paint a similar Porsche 911 artwork. Continue reading

Hagerty graph shows collector cars with best sell-through rates

Hagerty
Hagerty

Sell-through rates are a measure of success not only of collector car auctions but of the cars themselves. Ever wonder what percentage get hammered “sold!” among those that come up for sale?

The latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation shows the top 10 vehicles with the highest sell-through rates at North American auctions during the past 12 months. They are a motley mix of types and eras, although some patterns stand out, Hagerty says. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Rambler American wagon

The Rambler American look glossy and well finished, and comes with a rare engine modification
The Rambler American looks glossy and well finished, and comes with a rare engine upgrade

The Pick of the Day is a more unusual car than apparent at first blush. While the 1960 Rambler American wagon has been nicely refurbished, with glossy paint, a redone interior and solid undercarriage, there’s really more to it than that. Continue reading