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.

‘Barn-find’ Porsche Speedster goes on sale at ClassicCars.com

The 1957 Porsche Speedster was rolled out of a small garage for the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos
The 1957 Porsche Speedster was rolled out of a small garage for the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos

Something remarkable is starting today on ClassicCars.com. A very special piece of California sports car history with a fascinating back story comes up for sale today, a car that is special enough to launch a new sales strategy for ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1911 Stanley Steamer

The Stanley Steamer has been treated to a thorough restoration, the seller says
The Stanley Steamer has been treated to a thorough restoration, the seller says

The Pick of the Day is a rare and valuable antique, an early 20th Century steam-powered touring car that would fit right in at the Big Dog Garage of Jay Leno, who is well-known as a steam-car enthusiast.

The 1911 Stanley Steamer offered by a classic car dealer in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is said to be in tip-top condition and ready to hit the road whenever it builds up a head of steam.

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1957 Porsche Speedster ‘barn find’ uncovered by ClassicCars.com

The 1957 Porsche Speedster sits outside its garage fpr the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos
The 1957 Porsche Speedster sits outside its garage for the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos

The lure of a great “barn find” has taken on a life of its own in the world of classic car collecting, with many musty relics being hauled from long-term storage, some of them achieving startling prices at auction.

There is a certain romance attached to discovering a desirable vintage car that was put away decades ago to collect dust, especially a rare car that remains in original condition without damage or the ravages of rust.

So it is with great excitement that ClassicCars.com announces its own “barn find” discovery, and it is one that pushes all the buttons for rarity, desirability and condition: an original 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster that was put into storage more than 50 years ago.

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Alloy Ferrari 250 GT raises ante for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s
The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s

Once again, the auctions of Monterey Classic Car Week next month appear to be a Ferrari wonderland of fabulously rare and valuable sports cars and race cars that wear the prancing horse. Seven- and eight-figure sales should be plentiful, as they were during last year’s Ferrari lovefest. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to honor Pegaso sports cars

he Pegaso Z-102 Touring show car Thrill at Concorso Villa d’Este | Wouter Melissen/Ultimatecarpage.com
The Pegaso Z-102 Touring show car Thrill at Concorso Villa d’Este | Wouter Melissen/Ultimatecarpage.com

The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has chosen the exotic Spanish marque Pegaso to be featured during its March 2016 event, concours official have announced.

Pegaso, a manufacturer of trucks and buses, built just 84 sports cars during a seven-year run in the 1950s, but their advanced design, high performance and unique style had a tremendous impact. The Pegazo Z-102 named Thrill with styling by Touring was introduced to strong acclaim at the 1953 Turin Auto Show.

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Race cars to fire up start of Monterey Classic Car Week

Vintage race cars roll through Monterey in last year’s show | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Vintage race cars roll through Monterey in last year’s show | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The events of Monterey Classic Car Week start Friday, August 7, when 30 vintage race cars roar through the streets of downtown Monterey for a motorsports car show, giving spectators a close-up taste of the competition that will take place at nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Continue reading

Delahaye 135M with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork to be offered at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction

The Delahaye 135M boasts expressive Figoni et Falaschi coachwork | Rick Cole Auction photos
The Delahaye 135M boasts expressive Figoni et Falaschi coachwork | Rick Cole Auction photos

Coachbuilders Figoni et Falaschi created some of the most evocative automobiles of the Classic Era, their flowing streamlined designs most often adorning the greatest luxury and performance cars of the day.

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