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.

Arizona creates Historic Route 66 specialty license plates

The Historic Route 66 license plate will raise funds to maintain and promote the historic highway
The Historic Route 66 license plate will raise funds to maintain and promote the famous highway

One of the few remaining sections of old Route 66 – the legendary Mother Road that brought millions to the Southwest and California – exists in a scenic strip in northern Arizona, where it has become a destination for classic car enthusiasts of all stripes.

Officially proclaimed as a National Scenic Byway and renamed Historic Route 66, the Arizona portion is the longest surviving stretch, running 158 miles east to west from Seligman to Kingman on the Nevada border. Continue reading

Mecum gears up for Florida, its biggest auction of the year

A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in its rare factory shade of Spring Green | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in its rare factory shade of Spring Green | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum holds lots of full-scale collector car auctions every year – 14 of them at last count – but the Kissimmee, Florida, sale is by far the biggest. According to the auction company, this year the 10-day auction will have around 3,000 vehicles crossing the block from January 6 through 15 at Osceola Heritage Park.

American muscle cars dominate the offerings, with a strong selection of early models and vintage drag racers among the featured lots. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2-door hardtop

The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red
The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red

‘There are many four-door New Yorkers for sale, but how often do you see a two-door come to market?” the ClassicCars.com advertisement for a mid-century-classic Chrysler hardtop asks. Fair enough. These were fairly scarce cars when new, with fewer than 10,000 built, and they rarely are seen among collector cars today.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker, a brawny luxury car that takes a sporty turn with its hardtop roofline. Red with a broad, white-vinyl C-pillar, and white piping on the red seats to match, the New Yorker is indeed an unusual piece of Mopar elegance and performance. Most often, these cars are seen in more conservative attire. Continue reading

First running prototype of Ford GT at Russo and Steele auction

The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos
The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos

If there ever was a car that deserved the title of “instant collectible,” it’s the Ford GT. Modeled after Ford’s all-conquering GT40 endurance racers of the 1960s, the cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and dominated the classic 24-hour race, the mid-engine Ford GT was produced for just two model years, 2005-2006.

Today, it is a star entry at collector car auctions, often selling for twice or more than its original retail price. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 2 – Muscle cars come roaring back

Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from 'Smoky and the Bandits' | Barrett-Jackson
Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ | Barrett-Jackson

Pontiac GTOs, Hemi ‘Cudas, Olds 442s, Shelbys, big-block Corvettes – American muscle cars were back with a vengeance during 2016. High-horsepower Detroit iron gained in value, not just among the expected Boomer generation but with younger performance enthusiasts who embrace the classic muscle of the 1960s and early ’70s. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon

The Chevy wagon had a bit part in the David Lynch film 'The Straight Story'
The Chevy wagon had a bit part in the David Lynch film ‘The Straight Story’

Vintage cars with movie or celebrity history often sell for over-the-top prices, far more than they would without the connection to fame. Not so much this Chevy wagon, which was once owned by the offbeat film and TV director David Lynch, best known for his movies Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and The Elephant Man, and the surreal TV series Twin Peaks.

The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon formerly owned by Lynch and which has screen time in one of his lesser films, The Straight Story, according to the Macedonia, Ohio, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 3 – Jerry Seinfeld Porsche auction

The blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was the top seller at more-than $5.3 million | Bob Golfen photos
The blue 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder was the top seller at more-than $5.3 million | Bob Golfen photos

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a long-term Porsche addict with an enviable stable acquired with the riches earned from his stage and TV career. Seinfeld was never all-that public about his classic Porsche obsession, but neither was he secretive; even a casual watcher of the Jerry Seinfeld show could identify Porsche posters on the walls of his TV-studio/New York apartment. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup

The red Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original
The  64-year-old Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original

The main photo of this bright-red vintage pickup truck standing in the snowy Vermont woods is almost too nostalgic to bear, a beautiful image for the Christmas week.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup, a lovely short-bed that appears to be in exceptionally nice condition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery

The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada
The Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery was produced only in Canada

The Pick of the Day is an unlikely vehicle from the ’50s that most people probably have never seen or even knew existed. The 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder sedan delivery is one of those Canada-only General Motors products that manages to look alien and familiar at the same time. Continue reading

Collector consigns 145 vehicles for Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale

A 1929 Studebaker President roadster is powered by a straight-8 | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1929 Studebaker President roadster is powered by a straight-8 | Barrett-Jackson photos

A wide-ranging group of 145 cars from the Charlie Thomas collection will be sold at no reserve during Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction, January 14-22 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The diverse collection ranges from pre-war classics to muscle cars, from European compacts to American luxury cars, street rods, sports cars, even a couple of boats, all of them described as being in excellent condition. The vehicles were hand-picked over the years by Thomas, a Texas auto dealer, banker and real estate professional, who also is the former managing partner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Continue reading