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.

Movie-star cars featured at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

The Woodill Wildfire is pushed out of the garage in 'Johnny Dark' | Geoff Hacker
The Woodill Wildfire is pushed out of the garage in ‘Johnny Dark’ | Geoff Hacker

Loads of cars have appeared in Hollywood films, but only a select number of them are considered stars in their own right. These are the cars that play leading roles, the ones we remember long after we’ve left the movie theater or drive-in.

Ten famous movie cars will be featured at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 12, 2017, among the special classes on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton, where 250 vintage cars expected. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Dodge Power Wagon

The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck
The Dodge Power Wagon is a civilian version of a WWII military truck

While Jeep gets most of the ink as a World War II-derived civilian vehicle, another legendary off-road warrior designed for the conflict also made the switch to civilian life, although with a much-larger footprint: the mighty Dodge Power Wagon.

The Pick of the Day is a terrific, low-mileage 1949 Dodge Power Wagon with enough restoration upgrades to qualify as a resto mod. A brutal-looking pickup truck, the Power Wagon seems ready to wage war on the toughest terrain anywhere. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Edsel Corsair convertible

The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition
The Edsel Corsair has been restored to what looks like new condition

Everybody knows the story of Edsel, the premium car division created by Ford in the late 1950s that was such an abysmal failure that its very name became shorthand for any kind of notable product disaster. (Note: esteemed Classic Car News editor Larry Edsall’s name is spelled differently, so he gets a pass.)

Yet there are those contrarian souls who gravitate toward Edsels as collector cars because they are rare (Edsel sales were not so hot, and as once-unappreciated cars, survival today is spotty), because they look quite distinctive, and since they were basically Fords under their skin, they are reasonably good cars despite their public disgrace. Continue reading

Product review: Aluma tilt-bed trailer

The Aluma tilt-bed trailer presents a gentle slope for loading the Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos
The Aluma tilt-bed trailer presents a gentle slope for loading the Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos

The assignment to perform a product review on a car-hauling trailer initially seemed kind of loopy. A trailer is a trailer, right? You load up your classic car, tow it to where you’re going, then unload it. So what’s to review?

A little bit of research ahead of time convinced me that Aluma’s all-aluminum tilt-bed trailer was well worth checking out because it seems like the perfect accessory for anyone’s old-car hobby. The attraction here is that the tandem-wheel 8216, 8218 and 8220 Tilt models feature a bed that pivots in its entirety, providing a gradual slope for loading without the usual steep ramp to climb or a high-center point to scrape or get stuck on. Continue reading

Pebble Beach-winning AMC supercar heading to Gooding auction

The American Motors AMX/3 Monza shows its BIzzarrini influence | Gooding
The American Motors AMX/3 Monza shows its BIzzarrini influence | Gooding

Despite American Motors being long gone, it still can make an impression. In fact, one of its extremely special prototype vehicles won best in class earlier this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a first for AMC.

Other than the AMC faithful, few are acquainted with the AMX/3, an experimental mid-engine sports car built in the late 1960s with input from BMW, ItalDesign and Bizzarrini. The Detroit automaker was trying to instill some excitement into its lineup, and the exceptionally low-profile and aerodynamic AMX/3 was the result of a program led by AMC design director Dick Teague. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition
The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition

Interest has been growing in vintage station wagons as fun collector cars, mainly focused on the Detroit behemoths of the 1950s through the ’70s, although smaller, quirkier wagons have their fans, too.

Take, for instance, the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire, which might seem small compared with the domestic wagons of the period. But typical for Studebaker, the Wagonaire offered more for less. Continue reading

Party time! Arizona gets its own jet center event for auction week

The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events
The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events

For a quarter century, the Gordon McCall Motorsports Revival at the Monterey Jet Center has been the major high-society hoedown of the California peninsula’s famous weeklong late-summer celebration of collector cars.

Starting in January, Arizona Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area will have its own exclusive jet-center party, the Arizona Jet Center Event, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Jet Hangar of JetLinx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airport. Continue reading

1960s Corvettes lead Mecum’s $8 million auction in Kansas City

An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos
An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos

Corvettes dominated the top sales at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction this past weekend with four 1960s models leading the list of highest selling cars and three others breaking into the top 10.

Mecum reported sales of more than $8 million for the auction at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri, with 357 vehicles and 124 pieces of Road Art sold. The auction company reached $10 million during its earlier Kansas City sale in March this year. Continue reading

‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Porsche 912E coupe

The Porsche 912 shows and drives like a new car, the seller says
The Porsche 912E shows and drives like a new car, the seller says

The Porsche 912 came back to life after a six-year gap for the 1976 model year only, something of a stop-gap measure to serve as the entry-level model after the mid-engine 914 went away and before the front-engine 924 came to market. Basically a four-cylinder variant of the flat-six-powered 911, the 912 was appreciated for its nimble handling and, with 90 horsepower, enough pull to work as a credible Porsche sports car.

The Pick of the Day is apparently a time-warp 1976 Porsche 912E in what’s described as near-pristine condition with just 19,135 miles on its odometer accumulated by its fastidious sole owner. Continue reading