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’s Houston auction reaches nearly $20 million

A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum's sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum’s sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions

Nearly $20 million worth of collector cars were sold by Mecum Auctions during its fifth annual auction last week in Houston, with 543 vehicles selling out of 820 that crossed the block. That number is off from the 2015 Houston sale with more than $25 million for 645 cars sold out of around 900 offered. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Crosley Hot Shot

 

The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body
The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body

During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.

The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6

The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 is favored because of its purity of style
The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6 is favored because of its purity of style

In the fast-moving collector car market, Big Healeys are yesterday’s news. After flying up in value as “flavor of the month” for a number of years, the popular British sports cars have settled in at a moderate price level, although pristine restored examples still break into six figures. Naturally, that doesn’t include rare racing models, which are in a different class altogether.

For the true Healey believers, the early years of the six-cylinder roadsters are the purest in character, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6. Continue reading

Low-mileage 427 Cobra headlines Mecum Indy auction

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.

McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Copperstate 1000 road rally 2016 sendoff

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB and other European standouts gathered  before the Copperstate 1000 sendoff | Bob Golfen photos
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB and other European standouts gathered before the Copperstate 1000 sendoff | Bob Golfen photos

The drizzly morning rain that washed over the start of the Copperstate 1000 classic car road rally last Sunday was actually a welcomed relief from what had been forecast: a gully washer of a thunderstorm. That happened later, after the spectacular collection of vintage automobiles headed on their way to a 1,000-mile tour of central and southern Arizona. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1929 Ford Model A ‘Ramblin’ Wreck’

The Ford Model A Ramblin' Wreck shows off its school spirit
The Ford Model A Ramblin’ Wreck shows off its school spirit

‘I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer…”

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a bawdy fight song that is strange and colorful, and it dates back to the late 19th century. It later spawned an old-car tradition at the school that lives on today.

That was the inspiration for the Pick of the Day, a 1929 Ford Model A sport coupe customized to replicate the official white-and-gold Ramblin’ Wreck that is driven on the gridiron before Georgia Tech football games. Continue reading

Prized 1972 Porsche 911 race car re-discovered, restored for display at Techno Classica in Germany

The Porsche 911 2.5 S/T finished first in class and 13th overall at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans | Porsche Classic
The Porsche 911 2.5 S/T finished first in class and 13th overall at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans | Porsche Classic

Imagine this: The old, beat-up carcass of a Porsche 911 decomposing over in the corner for years, the one apparently used by kids as a playhouse, turns out to be an important competition car with an impressive history in endurance racing.

The derelict 1972 911 2.5 S/T was discovered by a collector in an unidentified U.S. location, according to the Porsche Classic division of Porsche AG, and he somehow recognized it for what it was: a highly prized race car that included among its competitions the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which it finished first in the GT class and 13th overall. Continue reading

Movie-star race car Aston Martin in Bonhams auction

The legendary Stirling Moss rounds a curve in the Aston Martin DB3S | Bonhams archive
The legendary Stirling Moss rounds a curve in the Aston Martin DB3S | Bonhams archive

A 1954 Aston Martin DB3S works race car driven by one of the UK’s greatest racers, Stirling Moss, as well as one of its funniest comedians, Terry-Thomas, will be going to auction during Bonhams’ Aston Martin Works Sale on May 21.

The DB3S was raced in period by Moss as well as such legendary drivers as Peter Collins and Roy Salvadori, competing in world-famous events that included the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000kms. Following its racing career, the DB3S went on to movie fame, co-starring with Terry-Thomas in the 1960 comedy classic School for Scoundrels. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Lincoln Lido George Barris custom

The Lincoln Lido is said to wear pinstriping by the famed Von Dutch
The Lincoln Lido is said to wear pinstriping by the famed Von Dutch

The most-famous creations by the late George Barris were wildly extravagant – the original Batmobile, the Munster Koach, Farrah Faucett’s mink-lined Corvette – so the Pick of the Day might seem fairly restrained.

The 1951 Lincoln Lido is a two-tone green custom coupe that was built by Barris and his leading painter, the late Roy “Tubs” Johnson, who owned the car for many years after it was finished, according to the St. Louis, Missouri, classic car dealer advertising the car. Continue reading

Classic do over: Jaguar, Land Rover re-create heritage

Land Rover is searching for decent Series 1 examples to turn into restored showpieces | Land Rover
Land Rover is searching for decent Series 1 examples to turn into restored showpieces | Land Rover

British automakers Jaguar and Land Rover have announced plans to bring acclaimed pieces of their heritage back to life by creating essentially new examples of 1940s and ’50s models.

For Jaguar, the goal is to produce nine “continuation” examples of the exclusive 1957 XKSS sports cars, with the Jaguar Classic division hand crafting the new cars to the exact specifications of the originals. The XKSS roadsters were originally planned as a run of 25 cars to be built from leftover D-type endurance racers, with multiple changes that transformed them from competition weapons into road-going vehicles. Continue reading