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.

Unique Porsche 918 Spyder leads Mecum in Anaheim

Th e Porsche 918 Spyder was by far the high seller at the Anaheim auction | Mecum Auction photos
The Porsche 918 Spyder was by far the high seller at the Anaheim auction | Mecum Auction photos

The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder that crossed the Mecum auction block in Anaheim, California, had everything going for it: a one-of-a-kind version ordered from the factory without paint but with exposed carbon fiber and matte black wrap; Nomex lightweight Alcantera bucket seats; the Weissach performance package; and just 1,977 original miles on its odometer.

The highly sought-after modern exotic earned its due with the high sale at the auction last weekend, hammered at $1,475,000 (figure does not include auction fee) to lead results for the three-day event, in which 308 cars and 221 pieces of Road Art were sold for a total of $11 million. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible

The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color
The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color

For 1970, Corvette buyers had the option of a Bronze paint hue that turned out to be a one-year-only color for the C3 generation. Later generations brought back a similar shade, but the1970 Bronze color became sought after for its richness and depth, and because it set off the car’s curvaceous lines so well.

The Pick of the Day is a perfect example, a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in that glowing color, offered on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Concord, North Carolina. The transplant of a bigger V8 engine and a big-block hood add to this one’s allure. Continue reading

Driven: all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen
Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen

Picture an alien spacecraft approaching above a dark highway and you get the idea of the styling of Cadillac’s latest midsize crossover SUV, the XT5. This exotic-looking SUV, which introduces a new chassis and new nomenclature for the GM luxury brand, replaces the SRX for 2017.

XT5 is a flashy rendition even by Cadillac’s usual extroverted standards, a showy look-at-me crossover patterned after the division’s other SUVs and sedans, including its biggest and most high-profile product, Escalade. The lighting up front, with the flowing LED strips running down the fenders, are certainly distinctive, and everybody will see you coming, especially at night. Continue reading

Jaguar Classic unveils brand-new 1957 XKSS roadster

The Jaguas XKSS was re-created with a dedication to authenticity | Jaguar Classic photos
The Jaguas XKSS was re-created with a dedication to authenticity | Jaguar Classic photos

While the world’s auto manufacturers prepare to show off their latest creations at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar was busy a few miles away at the Petersen Automotive Museum rolling out something completely different, a spectacular piece of its motoring heritage made new again.

Jaguar Classic, the automaker’s heritage division, unveiled the first of its completely new 1957 XKSS roadsters built to the exact specifications of the six-decade-old design, what Jaguar calls a “new original” re-creation of what’s considered to be the first post-war supercar. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Allard K2 roadster

The Allard roadster has a Mercury flathead V8 under its hood
The Allard roadster has a Mercury flathead V8 under its hood

Long before Carroll Shelby dreamed up the idea of shoving an American V8 into a British roadster, Sidney Allard created fantastic sports cars for street and competition with a similar formula starting in 1948. Only a few more than 100 were produced, and they are revered today by collectors, rallyists and vintage racers.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Allard K2 roadster powered by its original Mercury flathead V8 engine, one of just 12 built with that powerplant; most of the K2s used Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler and Oldsmobile engines. Continue reading

Austin Healey 100S racer set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert
The Austin Healey 100S was restored by a marque expert

A 1955 Austin Healey 100S, a limited-production race car restored to original specifications, has been consigned to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale sale on January 19 after being with its current owner for a half century.

The right-hand-drive sports racer, chassis number AHS 3610, was one of 55 competition cars produced by the factory during 1954-55. Five were kept for the factory team and the rest went to private owners, where they were popular for club racing and international competitions. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an upgraded grille and other refinements for 2017 | Bob Golfen
Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an upgraded grille and other refinements for 2017 | Bob Golfen

Hybrid cars have a reputation for being boring, more like appliances than automobiles. Their main positive quality is good fuel economy, but rarely do they offer an interesting driving experience.

Really, when was the last time you heard someone say their Prius was fun to drive? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody wagon

The Pontiac's wood trim looks to be in great condition
The Pontiac’s wood trim looks to be in great condition

By the end of the 1940s, wood-bodied stations wagons were nearing the end of the road. Faux-wood paneling would live on in steel and plastic and applique, but actual woodies were a dying breed.

The Pick of the Day represents one of the final examples and it’s a beauty, a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak woody from the last year that the GM brand would produce such a thing. Gorgeously detailed with wood-slat head-liner, wooden inner door panels and bed, and a well-finished body in what looks like mahogany and spruce, this woody seems more like a bygone cover car from Country Living than a surfer wagon. Continue reading

Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auction

A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos
A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling
The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling

As excessive as the 1961 Cadillac seems today, it was actually quite toned down from the wildly ebullient 1959 Cadillac with its towering rocket fins. Sure, there are some serious tailfins here, but General Motors’ new knife-edge styling brought them down to earth.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille said to be a two-owner California car in beautiful condition behind a partial restoration. The DeVille is incredibly long, stretching out 18-and-a-half feet, with the strongly horizontal body contours making it look even more so. Continue reading