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: 1976 Porsche 914 2.0

The 1976 Porsche 914 is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter engine
The 1976 Porsche 914 is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter engine

At a recent Porsche club gathering, the talk was all about 914s as a number of the low, lean mid-engine sports cars from the early ’70s rolled into the parking lot to join the early 356s and 911s. Once the red-haired stepchild of the vintage Porsche community, the 914 has gained respect in recent years during the general run-up of Porsche values.

Pick of the Day is a 1976 Porsche 914, the final year of production for the entry-level model, which is powered by the desirable 2.0-liter fuel-injected boxer engine rated at 91 horsepower, which provides brisk performance for the 2,100-pound targa-topped car. Continue reading

Major Mopar muscle powers onto Mecum auction block

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda raced by the Sox and Martin team dominated the drag strip
The Sox & Martin team 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda dominated Pro Stock competition | Mecum Auctions photos

Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 in Indianapolis.

A pair of street-performance Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops from 1970 and a ’71, and a pair of ‘Cuda drag racers from 1971 and 1968, will lead the Mopar muscle parade, joining an expected 2,000 collector cars offered during Mecum’s flagship sale. One of the quarter-mile champs is valued into the seven figures. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1905 FN motorcycle

The FN was the world's first production four-cylinder motorcycle
The FN was the world’s first production four-cylinder motorcycle

There are at least four reasons why classic motorcycles are on the rise among collectors: they are often purposefully beautiful, they are loads of fun, they take up less space in the garage than a car, and generally speaking, they are affordable to buy and own.

The Pick of the Day is a genuine antiquity, a rare 1905 FN four-cylinder motorcycle that was made by a Belgium firearms manufacturer, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal, thus its simple brand name of FN. The rare bike definitely affirms the first three attributes, though not so much the fourth; this classic is priced at nearly $90,000. Continue reading

Steve McQueen celebration expands with inaugural car rally

The Steve McQueen Rally benefits the Boys Republic school for at-risk youth | Russo and Steele photos
The Steve McQueen Rally benefits  Boys Republic school for at-risk youth | Russo and Steele

The inaugural Steve McQueen Rally, sponsored by Russo and Steele auctions, will honor the late iconic actor and motorsports enthusiast and benefit his favorite charity. It gets started May 14 in Malibu, California, for two days of scenic Southern California driving.

The vintage car event is part of a McQueen celebration that continues June 4 with the ninth annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show at the Boys Republic, a private school in Chino Hills, California, that helps troubled teens through residential education and a guidance program. All proceeds from the rally, car show and a commemorative dinner June 3 will go to Boys Republic. Continue reading

Six prized Ford, Shelby race cars from Jim Click collection slated for RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

One of motorsport's winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby's
One of motorsport’s winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby’s photos

A spectacular group of six competition Fords and Shelbys from the famed Jim Click Ford Performance Collection has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its annual Monterey, California, auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible

The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car
The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car

Cruising weather has arrived for most parts of the U.S. and a big, brash mid-century convertible loaded with chrome seems like just the antidote to the mundane.

The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible in what appears to be nicely restored condition, blue with a white-vinyl interior, that could transport you and a gaggle of friends on a pleasure drive in head-turning style. Continue reading

Unknown Shelby GT350 ‘barn find’ headed to Bonhams auction

The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams
The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams

A secret “barn-find” 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, hidden away for 40 years by its original owner and unknown even to the Shelby American Registry, goes to auction June 5 during Bonhams’ sale in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Shelby will be offered “as-found” and without reserve by Bonhams, which values the fastback coupe at $80,000 to $120,000, which seems like a modest goal considering the rising values of GT350s in even the most-ratty condition. Continue reading

Driven: Vipers and Hellcats run wild at Bondurant driving school

A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school's purpose-built track | Bondurant School of High Performance driving
A squad of Dodge Vipers roars around the Bondurant school’s purpose-built track | Bondurant

So there I was, piloting a 645-horsepower Dodge Viper around the tight turns of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. And seated next to me was the man himself, Bob Bondurant, instructing me on how to get the car around the track in the shortest time possible. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe custom woodie

The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original
The custom wood trim on the 1950 Plymouth coupe looks good enough to be original

Woodies are cool. Whether you’re talking about ’60s surfer life, custom street rods or classic country-club culture, nostalgia for wood-bodied cars makes them a mainstay for car collectors. Beautiful examples tend to carry exclusive price tags.

That’s why it was so nice to find the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Plymouth Club Coupe with custom wood trim, priced under $24,000. No, there was no wood-bodied Plymouth coupe produced in 1950 – only some station wagons wore wood, and 1950 was the final year – but the professional-looking woodwork on this coupe looks original enough that you might believe there actually was one. Continue reading