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.

Barrett-Jackson to sponsor inaugural New England Concours

Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016
Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016

Barrett-Jackson, which held its first auction in the Northeast U.S. in June 2016, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, to be held June 18 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

The new concours, and its road tour the following day, take place just prior to Barrett-Jackson’s second collector car auction, set for June 20-24 and also at the Mohegan Sun facility. Continue reading

Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debut

The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti
The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti photos

Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Lancia Astura ‘Tipo Bocca’

The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Lancia Astura won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance taking place this coming weekend, the Pick of the Day is a magnificent piece of concours royalty: the very 1936 Lancia Astura “Tipo Bocco” that won best of show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctioned

Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos
Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos

It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible

The Packard super 8 convertible was the automaker's most expressive car
The Packard Super 8 convertible was the automaker’s most expressive car

Packard’s first modern redesign after World War II appeared in 1948 with polarizing “bathtub” styling, meant to be sleekly streamlined but which critics said looked like a pregnant elephant. The Packard did look bulbous, but today’s collectors see something majestic and appealing in the rounded-off form with its striations of glittering chrome that encircle the front end.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Packard Super 8 Victoria convertible, the Detroit automaker’s halo car of the era. In case you’re wondering, that chrome-plated bird taking flight from the prow of this luxury yacht is a cormorant. Continue reading

Pre-auction values soar for star cars at Amelia Island sales

The 1957 Jaguar XKSS roadster looks to be the most valuable auction car at Amelia Island | Gooding & Company
The 1957 Jaguar XKSS roadster looks to be the most valuable auction car at Amelia Island | Gooding & Company

After the Academy Awards, we have the collector car celebrities of the Amelia Island auctions, the top-ranked automobiles that are just as unapproachable as the stars of Hollywood for the common man or woman (i.e. those not having a limitless stash of funds).

Each of the prominent car sales that take place during the four Florida days that culminate in the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, Bonhams and Motostalgia – has its own best-of-the-best automotive treasure. Continue reading

Evocative race cars set for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

This 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, the second one built, was raced by David Hobbs | Bonhams photos
This 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, the second one built, was raced by David Hobbs | Bonhams photos

Race cars representing more than 100 years of motorsports, and connected with some of the biggest names in racing, will be offered March 19 when Bonhams stages its annual Members’ Meeting Sale at Goodwood in Chichester, UK. Continue reading

Unique ’57 Corvette prototype readied for Amelia Island Concours

The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive
The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive

After more than a half century of obscurity, the rarest of Corvettes will make its 21st Century debut March 12 at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport prototype was built for General Motors’ iconic Motorama shows in the 1950s, appearing for the first time in January 1957 at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show, and then at the Chicago Auto Show. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner

The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition
The Ford Skyliner is said to be a low-mileage survivor in exceptional condition

A convertible with a retractable hardtop might be no big deal these days, but back in the ’50s, that was the latest and greatest feat of automotive technology. Ford’s 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner wowed the crowd when its hardtop folded automatically into the trunk with the push of a button.

The Pick of the Day is the third and final year of Ford’s daring retractable, a 1959 Galaxie Skyliner. Actually, you can take your pick with its name – this was the year that Ford’s top-of-the-line cars oddly said “Galaxie” on their rear fenders and “Fairlane 500” on their trunks. Continue reading

‘Gentleman’ collector gets full day at RM Sotheby’s Amelia sale

The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet III “Tipo Bocca” is the most-valuable car in the collection | RM Sotheby's
The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet III ‘Tipo Bocca’ is the most-valuable car in the collection | Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby’s photos

Orin Smith was known as a consummate collector of fine automobiles, a man of means with an eye for beauty and a flair for living life to the fullest. During 20 years of collecting and restoring classic cars, and compiling an enviable assortment of concours trophies, Smith gathered together a large and carefully curated group of impressive vehicles, many of them special or unique examples from the world’s greatest marques.

Smith, 81, passed away in August 2016, and his family has opted to consign his collection to RM Sotheby’s, an auction house with which he had a close connection. Fifty-eight of Smith’s cars will be offered at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction on Amelia Island, Florida. Continue reading