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: 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A

The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian version of the World War II utility vehicle
The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian version of the World War II utility vehicle

On the day after the 72st anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed at Normandy on June 6, 1944, to launch the massive invasion that liberated Europe from the Nazis, here is a Pick of the Day that represents the most famous and longest-lasting automotive relic of World War II.

The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian Jeep model (thus: CJ), and this restored example painted in dark maroon is ready for shows and parades, or else doing what it does best: conquering nearly impassible terrain. Continue reading

Motorsports stars of The Quail announced for Monterey week

A 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 “Outlaw” Coupe modified in the style of a champion 1951 race car | The Quail photos
A 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 “Outlaw” Coupe modified in the style of a champion 1951 race car | The Quail photos

One of the most exclusive events on the Monterey Peninsula during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, which takes place August 19 on the lawns of Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California. Tickets are limited and pricey, refreshments are haute cuisine and the 200 sporting motorcars displayed on the grass are among the best in the world. Continue reading

7 special Fords star at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach auction

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A 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 in pristine condition will be offered at Newport Beach | Russo and Steele photos

Russo and Steele heads for the West Coast this summer, starting with its fourth annual Newport Beach collector car auction June 10-12. As usual, the sale will be an “auction in the round” event headed by ringmaster Drew Alcazar, who also co-owns the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction house with his wife, Josephine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1950 Chevrolet Styleline hardtop resto mod

The period-correct sunvisor adds a sporty look to the Chevrolet Styleliner
The period-correct sunvisor adds a sporty look to the Chevrolet Styleliner

What was up with the latest Hagerty graph, which showed the quickest sales rates for collector vehicles listed on online classifieds? There were several surprises in that top 10 list, but none more unexpected than the sales success of 1949-52 Chevrolet Stylelines, which came in at No. 2.

The Pick of the Day could help answer the question. It’s a 1950 Chevrolet Styleline two-door hardtop that has been tastefully updated with modern Chevy components, and its stylish profile goes a long way in explaining the enduring popularity of these cars among collectors. Not to mention their popularity for transforming into classic lowriders. Continue reading

Pebble Beach bringing together every Ford GT40 champion

Ford GT40 cross the Le Man finish line in 1966 with a triple victory | Ford archive
Ford GT40s cross the Le Man finish line in 1966 for a historic triple victory | Ford archive

In 1966, Ford GT40s accomplished the astounding feat of finishing 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ending a six-year winning streak by Ferrari and settling a grudge held by Henry Ford over a snub from Enzo Ferrari.

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic victory with an astounding feat of its own: bringing together every Ford GT40 that won a major international race and displaying them during the 66th edition of the world-famous celebration of automotive history. Continue reading

Big 3 muscle cars featured at first Mecum auction in Portland

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is said to be a restored numbers-matching original | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Portland, Oregon for the first time June 17-18 with an expected 600 collector cars for sale. Despite being held in Portland, the auction won’t be filled with vintage Volvos and Subarus but instead a broad selection of mostly American muscle cars, hot rods and classics.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White
The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Wimbleton White

A trio of desirable big-block muscle cars representing the Big 3 Detroit automakers leads the consignments so far, all of them lightweight cars with huge performance engines. Continue reading

Grueling Peking to Paris rally readies 35-day adventure

A Bentley crosses an arid wasteland during the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge | Endurance Rally Association
A vintage Bentley crosses an arid wasteland during the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge | Endurance Rally Association

Competitors from around the world will line up for a grueling 8,500-mile, 35-day vintage-car rally starting June 12 as the sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge gets under way. The 110 crews will start at the Great Wall in Beijing and cross through 11 nations before reaching the finish line at the Place Vendôme in Paris on July 17. Continue reading

Hagerty charts fastest-selling collector cars, with some surprises

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Hagerty

Selling a collector car through an online listing can be a long and frustrating process. Or, it can be a brief and rewarding experience. It depends on so many things: your asking price, your timing, your choice of selling sites and, of course, whatever it is you are selling.

The latest graphic from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, shows the collector cars that have the shortest selling times, according to a survey of online listings dating back to January 2015. What emerged is a motley group of the expected and the unexpected, some of which have seen rising values and others that have not. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

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The Chevrolet Blazer is equipped with a cloth convertible top for open-air driving fun

With Memorial Day in the rear-view mirror, so begins the time for summer adventure. Whether that means a trip to the beach, a trek through the woods or just sunny-day cruising, here’s a big, orange fun mobile for whatever you have in mind.

The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that the Kentwood, Michigan, seller says is totally restored and ready to go anywhere. With four-wheel-drive and trail-ready tires, backed by a rebuilt 350 cid V8, this beast should be pretty much unstoppable off road or on. Continue reading

Auctions America stirs the pot for Santa Monica sale

The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America
The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America

Exotic supercars, muscle cars and a Fiat wagon used to chauffeur Pope Francis during his visit to the United States are among the highlights of Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale June 25-26 at Barker Hangar.

The supercar collection is led by a 1995 Ferrari F50, a 13,000-mile example of the ultra-exotic, 513-horsepower performance coupe with the towering rear wing. In bright Ferrari red, the F50 is valued between $1,800,000 and $2,100,000. Continue reading