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: 1949 Studebaker Champion coupe

The 1949 Studebaker Champion wears the distinctive wraparound rear window
The 1949 Studebaker Champion wears the distinctive wraparound rear window

The original “push-me-pull-you” Studebaker coupe had car buyers scratching their heads when the wraparound rear window appeared in 1947 as a styling option. The common observation: you couldn’t tell whether it was going forward or backward.

By the time the Pick of the Day, a 1949 Studebaker Champion, came along, folks were accustomed to the unique backlight, and rear-seat riders appreciated the light and airy effect. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Morris Minor Traveler

The 1957 Morris Minor woodie is said to be in solid, good-running original condition
The 1957 Morris Minor woodie is said to be in solid, good-running original condition

Morris Minor was the little car that put Great Britain back on wheels after World War II. Created under the leadership of visionary British designer Alec Issigonis (later responsible for the Mini), the pert Minor was both durable and stylish, and well over a million were sold between 1948 and 1972.

Many Morris Minors were exported to North America, and the enduring favorite of those was the little two-door, wood-trimmed wagon. The Pick of the Day is one of these woodies, a 1957 Morris Minor Traveler, which the classic car dealer in Marina Del Rey, California, says is in fine original condition after only two owners. Continue reading

Buick from ‘Rain Man’ entered in 2016 Amelia Island Concours

harlie (Tom Cruise) and Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) on the road in the Buick in ‘Rain Man’ | MGM photos
Charlie (Tom Cruise) and Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman) on the road in the ’49 Buick Roadmaster in ‘Rain Man’ | MGM photos

The Academy Award-winning film Rain Man is celebrated for its two vibrant leading characters: yuppie car dealer Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise, and his recently discovered autistic older brother, Raymond, with Dustin Hoffman winning an Oscar for his portrayal.

But really, there were three major roles: the Babbitt brothers and the yellow 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible that took them on a life-changing cross-country tour.

One of the two memorable Buicks used in the filming will make its concours debut at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, after its restoration by Connecticut car guy Wayne Carini of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, who performed the work for the car’s owner, Rain Man director Barry Levinson. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

The 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser sports a fresh coat of red paint and new Bridgestone off-road  tires
The 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser sports a fresh coat of red paint and new Bridgestone off-road tires

Snowed in? Rained out? Mired in mud? No problem. Here’s just the thing for battling your way through another tough winter.

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Toyota 1977 FJ40 Land Cruiser that is already painted bright red for the Christmas season, equipped with a go-anywhere four-wheel-drive system and a solid reputation for durability. Continue reading

Famed muscle-car collection ready to roar at Mecum auction

The 1969 Yenko Camaro from the Schmeeckle collection will be auctioned by Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1969 Yenko Camaro from the Schmeeckle collection will be auctioned by Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos

For nearly 20 years, Wayne Schmeeckle worked to compile one of the greatest collections of exceptional American muscle cars from the 1967-71 heyday of the high-performance breed.

Twenty-three of his hand-picked muscle cars, among them the rarest and most-desired examples of the era, are headed to auction next month during Mecum Auctions’ sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading