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.

Mecum Auction heads for Kentucky loaded with muscle cars

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible leads the stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 convertible stars in Louisville | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions continues its busy schedule with the inaugural Louisville, Kentucky, sale September 8-10 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. More than 1,000 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles are expected, according to Mecum.

American muscle cars and ’50s classics will be featured at the sweeping event, the 12th of 17 auctions that Mecum has scheduled this year, including tractor and motorcycle sales. The most recent Mecum sale in Monterey, California, resulted in total sales of $50 million. Continue reading

Galpin Motors launches search for long-lost 1952 custom Ford

The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of 'Motor Trend' | Galpin Motors
The custom 1952 Ford convertible as seen in the pages of ‘Motor Trend’ | Provided by Galpin Motors

Galpin Motors of Southern California has launched a search for a memorable piece of the auto dealer’s history, a long-lost 1952 Ford convertible known as the Galpin Custom that was the dealership’s first customized car, built to showcase future design possibilities.

The original dealership, Galpin Ford, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and would like to have its unique “Ford of the future” to display. Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports is offering an unspecified reward for information to help locate the car, including any photos, magazine articles, original parts or the car in its entirety, in whatever condition it is in. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original
The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original

Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.

The Pick of the Day is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL, a sporty GT convertible that could become a bona fide collector car not too long down the road, just as the 230, 250 and 280 SL “Pagodas” of the ’60s – so nicknamed because of the shape of their removable hardtops – have soared in value in recent years. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Bob’s Monterey Car Week highlights

A 1912 Delaunay-Bellville omnibus careens across the lawn at Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen photos
A 1912 Delaunay-Bellville omnibus careens across the lawn at Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen photos

Monterey Car Week seems so overwhelming at the start. Great cars everywhere you look, too much to do, too much traffic – which is kind of ironic since most of the vehicle occupants are there to see cars – so many old friends to greet, and just the whole atmosphere of automotive overindulgence. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1912 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout

The Hupmobile's tall wheels and short length gives it a sporty look
The Hupmobile’s tall wheels and short length gives it a sporty look

All the fine Brass Era autos shown at the Pebble Beach Concours whetted my appetite for a relic from the dawn of motoring. So here we have a Hupmobile, which might not be a familiar name today, but it was a leading brand back in the early days and through the 1920s, producing cars that were affordable yet distinctive.

The Pick of the Day is a 1912 Hupmoble Model 20, a two-seat runabout that appears to be in excellent restored condition, and which the seller says is “a distinguished Brass Era car that’s ready to leave here on a Saturday and win awards on that Sunday.” Continue reading

Bondurant school to teach autocross with new Fiat 124s, 500s

A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen
A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen photos

Autocross instruction will be offered at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, using 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sports cars and 500 Abarth coupes made available through the school’s partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The program was announced recently during Concorso Italiano in Seaside, California, the perfect place to show off Fiat’s reborn 124 – the original Fiat 124 roadster was celebrating its 50th anniversary at Concorso – as well as introduce the Italian-style performance at Bondurant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replica

The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing
The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing

Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016

The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos
The 1938 Delahaye 165 receives its best of class award at Pebble Beach | Bob Golfen photos

Walking once again between rows of yesterday’s automobiles at the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings something akin to déjà vu. Yet even after repeated annual visits to the granddaddy of all American concours, the show always seems fresh, with a surprise around every turn.

This year, if you looked toward scenic Stillwater Bay, there was a stunning lineup of 17 champion Ford GT40 endurance racers, including the three that crossed the finish line 1-2-3 in 1966 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated at Pebble. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concorso Italiano

The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos
The 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura was celebrated during Concorso Italiano | Bob Golfen photos

With some of the world’s greatest Italian sports cars from the past and present standing nearby, Ruben Ruiz’s minivan was a source of constant attention. Of course, this was Concorso Italiano and this was no ordinary minivan.

Ruiz was more than happy to give curious spectators tours of his 1958 Fiat Multipla 600, which he called “the most visited car in this whole place.” Continue reading

Eye Candy: 14th annual The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering

The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant Pageboy of Peninsula Hotels | Bob Golfen photos
The crowd at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, mingles under the watchful eye of the giant  Peninsula Hotels Pageboy | Bob Golfen photos

Legendary driver Jackie Stewart smiled with joy as he listened to the deep metallic thrum of an ancient Ferrari competition V12. This was a call of the wild for the enthusiasts at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, and a crowd quickly formed around the stunning performance machine from a lifetime ago as the owner revved the booming engine.

The car was a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder with a lush patina of age and use. A short time later, it became apparent that this Spyder was special indeed as the concours judges declared it best of show winner for the 14th annual Quail. Continue reading