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: 1929 Ford Model A ‘Ramblin’ Wreck’

The Ford Model A Ramblin' Wreck shows off its school spirit
The Ford Model A Ramblin’ Wreck shows off its school spirit

‘I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer…”

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a bawdy fight song that is strange and colorful, and it dates back to the late 19th century. It later spawned an old-car tradition at the school that lives on today.

That was the inspiration for the Pick of the Day, a 1929 Ford Model A sport coupe customized to replicate the official white-and-gold Ramblin’ Wreck that is driven on the gridiron before Georgia Tech football games. Continue reading

Prized 1972 Porsche 911 race car re-discovered, restored for display at Techno Classica in Germany

The Porsche 911 2.5 S/T finished first in class and 13th overall at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans | Porsche Classic
The Porsche 911 2.5 S/T finished first in class and 13th overall at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans | Porsche Classic

Imagine this: The old, beat-up carcass of a Porsche 911 decomposing over in the corner for years, the one apparently used by kids as a playhouse, turns out to be an important competition car with an impressive history in endurance racing.

The derelict 1972 911 2.5 S/T was discovered by a collector in an unidentified U.S. location, according to the Porsche Classic division of Porsche AG, and he somehow recognized it for what it was: a highly prized race car that included among its competitions the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which it finished first in the GT class and 13th overall. Continue reading

Movie-star race car Aston Martin in Bonhams auction

The legendary Stirling Moss rounds a curve in the Aston Martin DB3S | Bonhams archive
The legendary Stirling Moss rounds a curve in the Aston Martin DB3S | Bonhams archive

A 1954 Aston Martin DB3S works race car driven by one of the UK’s greatest racers, Stirling Moss, as well as one of its funniest comedians, Terry-Thomas, will be going to auction during Bonhams’ Aston Martin Works Sale on May 21.

The DB3S was raced in period by Moss as well as such legendary drivers as Peter Collins and Roy Salvadori, competing in world-famous events that included the Mille Miglia, the Spa Grand Prix and the Nürburgring 1,000kms. Following its racing career, the DB3S went on to movie fame, co-starring with Terry-Thomas in the 1960 comedy classic School for Scoundrels. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Lincoln Lido George Barris custom

The Lincoln Lido is said to wear pinstriping by the famed Von Dutch
The Lincoln Lido is said to wear pinstriping by the famed Von Dutch

The most-famous creations by the late George Barris were wildly extravagant – the original Batmobile, the Munster Koach, Farrah Faucett’s mink-lined Corvette – so the Pick of the Day might seem fairly restrained.

The 1951 Lincoln Lido is a two-tone green custom coupe that was built by Barris and his leading painter, the late Roy “Tubs” Johnson, who owned the car for many years after it was finished, according to the St. Louis, Missouri, classic car dealer advertising the car. Continue reading

Classic do over: Jaguar, Land Rover re-create heritage

Land Rover is searching for decent Series 1 examples to turn into restored showpieces | Land Rover
Land Rover is searching for decent Series 1 examples to turn into restored showpieces | Land Rover

British automakers Jaguar and Land Rover have announced plans to bring acclaimed pieces of their heritage back to life by creating essentially new examples of 1940s and ’50s models.

For Jaguar, the goal is to produce nine “continuation” examples of the exclusive 1957 XKSS sports cars, with the Jaguar Classic division hand crafting the new cars to the exact specifications of the originals. The XKSS roadsters were originally planned as a run of 25 cars to be built from leftover D-type endurance racers, with multiple changes that transformed them from competition weapons into road-going vehicles. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Inaugural International Jaguar Festival concours

The leaper mascot on the hood of a Jaguar XK150 | Bob Golfen photos
The leaper mascot on the hood of a Jaguar XK150 | Bob Golfen photos

On the first Sunday in May, the sculpted forms of Jaguar sports cars, race cars and “saloons” were spread across the grass at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Arizona for the concours of the inaugural International Jaguar Festival.

The free-to-the-public display of beautiful British motorcars ranged from the evocative pre-war SS models that predated the Jaguar brand, through the decades of performance-honed production cars, such as the iconic E-type, to the latest offerings from Jaguar, including its very first SUV, the 2017 F-Pace. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4

The Mitsubishi 3000GT seems like a strong bet to become a future classic
The Mitsubishi 3000GT seems like a strong bet to be recognized as a future classic

When the talk turns to future classics, one of the Japanese performance stars of the 1990s is routinely and inexplicably left off the list, the 1990-99 Mitsubishi 3000GT. This sports coupe seems to have it all – power, handling and style, plus decent support for tuners – yet it’s largely forgotten in the collector car marketplace, as is its domestic-branded version, Dodge Stealth GT.

The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, described as a low-mileage, one-owner car in excellent original condition. This was the top of the heap for the 3000GT, and it includes such leading-edge technology as a twin-turbocharged V6 churning 320 horsepower, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Continue reading

Unique ‘Gold Corvette’ headed for Mecum’s Indy auction

The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions
The 1962 Corvette was restored as it was designed for a styling evaluation | Mecum Auctions

Chevrolet in 1962 wanted to celebrate its 50-year golden anniversary in style, so the General Motors Styling Department set out to produce a special-edition color scheme to mark the occasion. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper

The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature. Continue reading

Hagerty graph shows impact of million-dollar car sales

Hagerty
Hagerty

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would love the Graph of the Week from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, because it’s about how the 1 percenters get all the attention while spending most of the money.

For Bernie, the 1 percent comprises those multi-millionaires and billionaires who seem to get richer all the time. For classic car fanatics, the 1 percent are those seven- and eight-figure cars that the millionaires and billionaires buy and sell at auction. Continue reading