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: 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible

Towering tailfins are the signature feature of the 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible
Towering tailfins are the signature feature of the 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible

Legendary Chrysler auto designer Virgil Exner was in his full glory when he created the 1957 Chrysler 300C, the premium model in which Exner pushed his “Forward Look” styling to its extreme. The massive performance car with the towering tailfins and a 392-cid Hemi V8 under its broad hood was a bold statement and a high point of Chrysler’s iconic “letter car” series.

The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, located in Tampa, Florida, and advertised on ClassicCars.com by an Illinois classic car dealer who describes it as a 73,564-mile survivor in white with a tan interior and a black top. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Nissan Murano SL

Nissan stepped up the styling for the third-generation 2015 Murano
Nissan stepped up the styling for the third-generation 2015 Murano | Bob Golfen

My first glimpse of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano revealed what seemed to be a deep and rather extreme contour in the sheet metal just ahead of the rear wheel. From a distance, it looked like the body pushed in more than six inches, creating a narrow waist more akin to an exotic sports car than a family crossover.

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Pick of the Day: 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback

This 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback appears well-restored and customized
This 1963 Volkswagen Type 3 notchback appears well-restored and customized

Among Volkswagen enthusiasts, the Type 3 notchback has an unmistakable mystique. Rare survivors are highly sought after, especially on the West Coast, mainly because the classic shape makes such a perfect template for a cool custom Vee Dub.

The 1963 VW Type 3 notchback offered for sale by a dealer in Laguna Beach, California, naturally, is all done and ready to show and drive, according to its listing on ClassicCars.com. Hunkered down over correct-looking custom wheels and treated to a gleaming silver paint job, the notchback is a rust-free western car, the seller says, that performs as well as it looks. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Allstate Henry J Corsair Deluxe

The Allstate Henry J was built by Kaiser and sold through Sears department stores
The Allstate Henry J was built by Kaiser and sold through Sears department stores

The Pick of the Day is a genuine rarity for two reasons: 1) They only made 8,100 of them and few have survived, and 2) Many of them were built into hot-rod dragsters back in the day.

But this 1953 Allstate Henry J Corsair Deluxe has not only survived, it is apparently in good, low-mileage condition just as it might have been driven when new, including a funky period-authentic sun visor above the windshield. Continue reading

Mecum readies Dallas auction with prime big-block muscle

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 has been restored to perfection, Mecum says | Mecum photos
The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 has been restored to perfection, Mecum says | Mecum photos

More than 1,000 collector cars are rolling in for Mecum’s fifth annual Dallas auction from September 16-19, featuring a big-block selection that includes a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 and a 1969 Dodge Daytona 440.

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Pick of the Day: 1934 Lincoln K Town Sedan V12

This cleaning-looking, V12-powered 1934 Lincoln is being offered at a reasonably affordable price
This cleaning-looking, V12-powered 1934 Lincoln is being offered at a reasonably affordable price

A big, elegant 1934 Lincoln K Town Sedan powered by a V12 engine, and in decent condition, sounds like one of those pricey classics that you’d see going well into six figures at a collector-car auction in Monterey.

But no. This bragging-rights Lincoln is being offered by a Lansdale, Pennsylvania, dealer in a ClassicCars.com ad for a relatively low asking price of less than $40,000. The Lincoln was fully restored in 2000 and “still looks great and impresses everyone,” the seller notes in the ad description. Continue reading