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.

Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of  the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.

The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models. Continue reading

‘Unblemished’ Porsche 904 racer listed for Bonhams’ auction

The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams
The Porsche 904 GTS was originally part of the Brumos racing team | Bonhams photos

A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS endurance racer with an “unblemished history” will be one of the stars of Bonham’s sixth annual Scottsdale auction in January, the auction company announced.

No. 98 of 106 produced, this 904 was part of the famed Brumos Porsche racing team of Jacksonville, Florida, but was retired after just a few races. The streamlined, mid-engine coupe eventually was sold to a prominent Porsche collector in Europe, where it has remained for the past 28 years. Continue reading

Mecum scores $7.5 million in inaugural Road Art auction

Dan Mecum, Road Art division chief, with the record-setting Musgo sign | Mecum Auctions photos
Dan Mecum, Road Art division chief, with the record-setting Musgo sign | Mecum Auctions photos

A 4-foot circular sign for a defunct gasoline brand struck gold at the Mecum’s Road Art auction this past weekend, selling for an eye-popping $230,000 during the three-day sale at the Mecum Auctions Badger Street Facility in Walworth, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Pick of the day: 1939 Buick 46 S sport coupe

The Buick shows just over 54,000 miles on its odometer
The Buick shows fewer than 55,000 miles on its odometer

Here’s another rare survivor for Pick of the Day, a 1939 Buick 46 S with just 54,616 miles on its odometer. The stylish sport coupe is also an example of the graceful design trend that started toward the end of the 1930s, a brief pinnacle cut short by the advent of war. Continue reading

Mecum adds Las Vegas, Pomona to 2017 auction schedule

A street rod on the auction stage during Mecum's Monterey sale | Larry Edsall
A street rod on the auction stage during Mecum’s Monterey sale | Larry Edsall

Mecum Auctions is adding at least two events to its busy calendar for 2017, with a sale in Pomona, California, in February and in Las Vegas in November.

The Pomona collector car auction will occupy a new time slot for Mecum while the Vegas sale replaces the company’s Anaheim, California, event. Continue reading

Jaguar’s legendary Norman Dewis, XJ13 race car in London show

Norman Dewis is known for his storytelling charm |  Classic & Sports Car Show photos
Norman Dewis is known for his storytelling charm | Classic & Sports Car Show photos

Legendary Jaguar test engineer Norman Dewis OBE will be honored at the Classic & Sports Car Show in London, where he will appear with one of the greatest Jaguar race cars that never raced, the mid-engine XJ13. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The Chevrolet Camaro is said to have just over 64,000 miles on the odometer
The Chevrolet Camaro is said to have just over 64,000 miles on the odometer

While most of the U.S. hunkers down for winter, the collector cars and motorcycles tucked away until spring, we in the Southwest are just beginning our driving season. For the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, the heat is gone and it’s time to put the top down and cruise.

And that’s how it is in Sherman, Texas, near Dallas, where the Pick of the Day, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible, is waiting on a car dealer’s lot. Blue with white stripes, the classic Camaro is equipped with the Rally Sport package and period-correct black-and-white houndstooth-insert seats. Continue reading

Restoration of first-model Lamborghini celebrated at Italian track

The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini
The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini photos

After Ferruccio Lamborghini took up the challenge from Enzo Ferrari to build his own darn sports car, his company produced the Lamborghini 350 GTV, a futuristic 12-cylinder coupe that debuted at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. Continue reading

Performance Porsches race to top at Silverstone auction

A 'driver focused' 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos
A ‘driver focused’ 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions held its second annual all-Porsche sale last weekend, selling 70 percent of the 63 sports cars (and one Porsche tractor), as well as collector’s items, for a total of £2.5 million ($3 million at the current exchange rate).

Lightweight performance 911s highlighted the auction, held at the Silverstone Circuit race course at Towcester, England, in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB. Those cars gained strong results, including a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS – Gen II, finished in Carrera White with red wheels and decals, that sold £168,750 ($207,500), more than £30,000 ($37,000) over its lower estimate. All reported sales results include auction premium. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson raises the stakes at Las Vegas auction

Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos
Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson capped off its auction year with a strong sale this past weekend in Las Vegas. Sales totaled $32.5 million, including automobilia sales of $770,000 and $850,000 raised in charity sales. The sell-through rate was 99.2 percent in the overwhelmingly no-reserve auction format, with about 750 collector vehicles offered. Results include auction fees except for charity sales. Continue reading