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: Custom 1940 Ford pickup

Fender skirts add an unusual old-school look to this slick Ford pickup
Fender skirts add an unusual old-school look to this slick Ford pickup

In recognition of Hagerty’s report that vintage pickup trucks represent the fastest-growing part of the collector-car market, the Pick of the Day is a creatively customized 1940 Ford half-ton pickup with vintage flair.

Because really, when was the last time you saw a pickup truck with fender skirts? This might have been a hep-cat styling trend back in the day, but nowadays, it looks strikingly unusual. Though in context, quite cool. It certainly makes this Ford stand out from the rest. Continue reading

Pickups booming as collector vehicles, Hagerty says

Early Ford F-100s, such as this 1950 model, have risen in value | Hagerty photo
Early Ford F-100s, such as this 1950 model, have risen in value | Hagerty photo

So, what do you think is the fastest-growing segment of car collectors? European sports cars? Rare muscle cars? Classics?

Nope. Surprisingly, the segment that has seen the most growth both in numbers and values is classic American pickup trucks, according to the latest report from Hagerty, the leading insurer of collector cars.

“There was a time when trucks were only used by collectors to tow a car to the show, but now they are seriously collectible in their own right,” said Hagerty chief executive McKeel Hagerty. Continue reading

‘Miami Vice’ Testarossa heads for Mecum Monterey sale

The Ferrari Testarossa is an early model with a single rear-view mirror | Mecum
The Ferrari Testarossa was introduced in the third season of ‘Miami Vice’ | Mecum

The most-memorable TV show that best exemplified the decadent and drug-addled 1980s was, of course, Miami Vice. Appealingly absurd, the trend-setting cop show was set in a pastel-hued landscape and mixed in beautiful cars with the beautiful people: Detectives Sonny Crocket and Ricardo Tubbs drove their “beat” in a white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1958 Lincoln Continental convertible

The over-the-top styling of the ’58 Continental doomed it to future obscurity
The over-the-top styling of the ’58 Continental doomed it to future obscurity

It’s tough being the middle child, especially when your older and younger siblings have made major successes of themselves. So it goes for the 1958-1960 Lincoln Continental, whose baroque styling makes it much less memorable than the classic and coveted 1956-57 Continental Mark II or the Mad Men cool squared-rigged Continental that arrived in 1961.

But there are those among us, myself included, who find a certain funky appeal in the over-the-top design of these Lincolns, which were known as the Continental Mark III, Mark IV and Mark V, designating each of their three years of production. (Even Ford seemed to ignore the existence of these cars, coming back in the late 1970s with a new lineup of Continentals repeating the names Mark III, IV and V.) Continue reading

Celebrity Ferrari set for Russo and Steele Monterey sale

The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele
The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele

A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 formerly owned by comedian and media personality Adam Carolla will cross the block at the Russo and Steele auction next month in Monterey, California.

The Series II model, powered by a Columbo V12 engine, is one of 455 examples built and, according to Russo and Steele, one of the best known of surviving examples with a history of prominent ownership since new. The Ferrari is a “matching numbers” example with fully documented mileage and with all services up to date, the auction says. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Dodge Charger

The sleek fastback roofline accentuates the large proportions of the ’67 Charger
The sleek fastback roofline accentuates the large proportions of the ’67 Charger

With the Fourth of July coming up tomorrow in our politically divided nation, let us come together and agree (for once) that there is nothing more all-American than a big-block muscle car from the 1960s.

The Pick of the Day is a bright-red 1967 Dodge Charger powered by a 440 cid V8, which should get the job done. The Lithia Springs, Georgia, classic car dealer notes that these big ground pounders do not get the attention they deserve compared with the later Chargers that regularly go into six figures at auction. Continue reading

Three British greats headed to Gooding sale in Monterey

The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos
The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos

Three pieces of British royalty with celebrity connections will be up for auction in August during Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale.

The auction, which takes place August 15-16 at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, offers a collection of top-drawer collector cars during the annual sale, which last year soared well over $100 million during the two-day event.

Each of the three English cars is expected to go into seven figures. They are: Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The 1964 Falcon Sprint looks extra clean with good paint and chrome
The 1964 Falcon Sprint looks extra clean with good paint and chrome

Resto mods spark plenty of controversy. The purists contend that classic cars should be left original while the “modists” counter that the updates make the cars drive and perform better while retaining original style and appearance.

The Pick of the Day is a good example of the resto mod ideal, an attractive 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible with tasteful refinements that should make it a better car without losing its essence. Continue reading

Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight set for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

The Jaguar C-Type Lightweight was the final version of the endurance racing car | RM Sotheby’s photos
The Jaguar C-Type Lightweight was the final version of the endurance racing car | RM Sotheby’s photos

One of the most legendary Jaguar race cars, the 1953 Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight, will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California, auction in August, marking the first time any of the three original works Lightweights have been at public auction.

Chassis No. XKC 052, the second one built, finished fourth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953 and later was raced by the Ecurie Ecosse team to multiple wins and podium finishes. After 1954, the C-type was driven privately by a number of famous racers. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible

The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black
The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black

Lumpy Rutherford. Does that name sound familiar? He was the doltish neighborhood bully in the seminal TV situation comedy, Leave it to Beaver, which portrayed a wholesome suburban American family at the height of the Eisenhower era.

The only thing really memorable about Lumpy was his car. What was supposed to be depicted as a beat-up old jalopy was actually a sweet-looking 1940 Ford ragtop, which even as little kids we recognized as something cool. Reputedly, it was painted a putrid shade of purple, but that didn’t bother us since everything on TV was black and white. Continue reading