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.

Hagerty graph shows Porsche top brand at Monterey auctions

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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

Pick of the Day: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original
The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original

Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.

The Pick of the Day is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL, a sporty GT convertible that could become a bona fide collector car not too long down the road, just as the 230, 250 and 280 SL “Pagodas” of the ’60s – so nicknamed because of the shape of their removable hardtops – have soared in value in recent years. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Bob’s Monterey Car Week highlights

A 1912 Delaunay-Bellville omnibus careens across the lawn at Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen photos
A 1912 Delaunay-Bellville omnibus careens across the lawn at Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen photos

Monterey Car Week seems so overwhelming at the start. Great cars everywhere you look, too much to do, too much traffic – which is kind of ironic since most of the vehicle occupants are there to see cars – so many old friends to greet, and just the whole atmosphere of automotive overindulgence. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1912 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout

The Hupmobile's tall wheels and short length gives it a sporty look
The Hupmobile’s tall wheels and short length gives it a sporty look

All the fine Brass Era autos shown at the Pebble Beach Concours whetted my appetite for a relic from the dawn of motoring. So here we have a Hupmobile, which might not be a familiar name today, but it was a leading brand back in the early days and through the 1920s, producing cars that were affordable yet distinctive.

The Pick of the Day is a 1912 Hupmoble Model 20, a two-seat runabout that appears to be in excellent restored condition, and which the seller says is “a distinguished Brass Era car that’s ready to leave here on a Saturday and win awards on that Sunday.” Continue reading

Bondurant school to teach autocross with new Fiat 124s, 500s

A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen
A 2017 Fiat 124 Spider painted in the Bondurant school colors | Bob Golfen photos

Autocross instruction will be offered at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, using 2017 Fiat 124 Spider sports cars and 500 Abarth coupes made available through the school’s partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The program was announced recently during Concorso Italiano in Seaside, California, the perfect place to show off Fiat’s reborn 124 – the original Fiat 124 roadster was celebrating its 50th anniversary at Concorso – as well as introduce the Italian-style performance at Bondurant. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replica

The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing
The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing

Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag. Continue reading