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 hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auction

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading

Hagerty chart shows biggest losers in classic car depreciation

Hagerty
Hagerty

The Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation company recently released the 31st edition of its closely watched Hagerty Price Guide after a period of ups and downs and mood swings in the classic car market.

Among the results were a number of high-profile cars that have depreciated after several years of climbing in value. Among them, such modern supercars as the Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT, as well as vintage favorites such as the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Even some so-called blue-chip collector cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, softened slightly. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

The Dodge Dart GTS is equipped with the performance package
The Dodge Dart GTS is said to be a low-mileage original  survivor

Not very often would a 1969 Dodge Dart be referred to as rare and unusual, but here’s one that most certainly is. That’s because this Dart is Hecho en Mexico, and not only built south of the border but delivered there for home-market sale.

The Pick of the Day, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS, was produced at Chrysler’s AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico, and most noticeably differs from its U.S. counterpart by having a metric speedometer and odometer. Also, the Dart has no U.S.-style VIN plate, instead identified with a metal door-jamb tag showing serial number, engine number and registry number, according to the La Verne, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang convertible

The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original
The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original

One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.

The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Lincoln Capri custom

The Lincoln Premiere has been turned into a long, low car show queen
The Lincoln Premiere has been turned into a long, low car show queen

Long, low and minty fresh. This imaginatively customized 1956 Lincoln Capri hardtop coupe has to be one of the most outrageous builds ever featured as Pick of the Week.

The Lincoln is a stunning car, which seems more like an entry in a national custom car show than a vintage classic looking for a new home. From the photos, the proportions look spectacular and the interior crosses over between that of a concept car and a funky low rider. Continue reading

Hagerty graph shows Porsche top brand at Monterey auctions

Hagerty
Hagerty

For the first time, Porsches surged into the lead as the most prevalent brand seen at the collector car auctions this year during Monterey Car Week, upending the usual dominance of Chevrolet, according to the latest graph from Hagerty collector car insurance and valuation. Continue reading

Dodge signs as Mecum Auctions’ automotive sponsor

A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions
A 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T convertible sold at Mecum in Florida for $1.65 million | Mecum Auctions

Hellcats and Vipers will soon be roaring at Mecum Auctions as Dodge becomes the exclusive automotive sponsor for the auction company, Mecum said Wednesday. The new partnership starts next week with Mecum’s inaugural sale in Louisville, Kentucky.

The performance brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Dodge will become part of Mecum’s auctions, advertising, publications, online presence and social media, Mecum said in a news release. Part of the deal is for Dodge to offer thrill rides and demonstrations with 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats and Charger SRT Hellcats, as well as the V10-powered Dodge Viper at some Mecum events, starting with Louisville. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Jaguar XK-E Series II

The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass
The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass

OK, I admit it. The only reason I chose this Pick of the Day is so I could run this exceeding weird picture. It shows a Jaguar XK-E convertible awash in tall grass looking like a stricken ship at sea, stuck behind some old buildings where it’s apparently been for some time, barely visible because of the foliage.

The vibrant graffiti art on the brick walls only adds to the eerie strangeness of this shot. Continue reading

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