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.

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

Pick of the Day: 1914 Regal Underslung

The suspension design gives the Regal Underslung a rakish stance
The suspension design gives the Regal Underslung a rakish stance

While most early automobiles were tall and tippy, with suspensions not all that different from horse-drawn carriages, there were a handful of companies that pioneered the “underslung” design. Instead of the common practice of mounting the springs and frames above the axles, these cars had their frames suspended below the axles, resulting in lower profiles, better centers of gravity and a more rakish style.

The Pick of the Day is one of these, a 1914 Regal Underslung touring car, a compact and sporty five seater listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a St. Louis, Missouri, dealer, who describes it as a “wonderful older restoration” that has been driven and enjoyed, and is still in good, usable condition. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

The Outlander Sport was redesigned for 2016 | Mitsubishi photos
The Outlander Sport was redesigned for 2016 | Mitsubishi photos

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a good little SUV. Not a great one, mind you, but for someone who wants a stylish compact wagon that’s a bit different from the run of the mill, the Outlander Sport is not a bad way to go.

Outlander Sport is the smaller SUV of two Outlander models. It competes with utes such as the Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. Recently restyled, the Outlander Sport has a sharply modern look that sets it apart in this hot portion of the new-car market. Continue reading

Hagerty crew brings Model A back to life at Hershey Swap Meet

A crowd gathers to watch the Model A build at the Hershey Swap Meet | Hagerty photos
A crowd gathers as the Model A project nears completion at the Hershey Swap Meet | Hagerty photos

Once again, the Hagerty crew has done the seemingly impossible, created a drivable automobile in just 100 hours and sourced completely from the piles of used parts at the Hershey Swap Meet.

Starting with just the rolling chassis of a 1930 Ford Model A, the four-person team of Hagerty employees set up the Swap to Street Challenge at the start of the Antique Automobile Club of America Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. By the end of the meet four days later, the team departed in the ratty Model A sedan on the 700-mile journey to Hagerty headquarters in Traverse City, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1914 Stutz Bearcat replica by George Barris

The ersatz Stutz Bearcat is equipped with a pair of replica GAtling guns
The ersatz Stutz Bearcat is equipped with a pair of replica Gatling guns

George Barris, the “King of Kutomizers,” was famous for cars he created for movies and TV, with the fabulously funky Batmobile being the best remembered. But there were lots of others, ranging from the Munsters Koach to Ned Clampett’s derelict truck used on The Beverly Hillbillies.

But the Pick of the Day is one I’ll bet you never heard of: the 1914 Stutz Bearcat replica that Barris Customs built for the short-lived TV Western, Bearcats! The show was an effort by CBS to re-energize the fading popularity of Westerns with the 1971 series that moved beyond the 19th Century and featured a pair of crime-fighting heroes facing off with the bad guys from their Stutz instead of horses. Continue reading

Silverstone Circuit hosts second annual Porsche-only auction

A restored 1968 Porsche 911T coupe will be featured at the auction | Silverstone Auctions
A restored 1968 Porsche 911T coupe with right-hand drive will be featured at the auction | Silverstone Auctions

Sixty-five Porsches will be up for auction Saturday when Silverstone Auctions holds its second annual sale dedicated to the German marque at the famed Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, England, where the auction is being held in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB. Continue reading

Grabber Blue Mustang Boss 429 leads Mecum’s Chicago auction

The Ford Mustang Boss 429 hammered for $225,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
The Ford Mustang Boss 429 hammered for $245,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions sold 435 collector cars in three days during its annual Chicagoland sale in Schaumburg, Illinois, with total sales reaching $10.5 million (not including auction buyer fees).

The auction presented a diverse selection of vehicles, and the list of 10 highest sellers reflects some of that wide range, although dominated by American classics from the ’50s and ’60s. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Grabber Blue topped the auction at $245,000 (plus buyer fee). Continue reading

Sought-after Porsches lead boutique Bonhams auction

A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos
A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos

Porsches led Bonhams’ fourth annual auction Friday in Zoute, Belgium, with a concours-winning 1955 356 Speedster leading the sale with a stunning result of $654,500, including auction fee, further confirming the rising values of these iconic sports cars.

The Zoute sale is a boutique event with just 30 lots of cars and automotive collectibles offered, of which 28 sold. Bonhams did not release a total-sales figure, although adding up the individual results listed on the company’s website figured out to $5.05 million for the entire auction. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Chevrolet Vega custom wagon

The Chevy Vega looks clean with shaved handles and trim, and a bold cowl hood
The Chevy Vega looks clean with shaved handles and trim, and a bold cowl hood

Chevrolet Vega was a sorry low point for General Motors for any number of reasons. Detonating four-cylinder engines, poor build quality, debilitating rust, all the things that seemed to signal in the 1970s that American manufacturers could not build a decent little car. A miserable legacy, best forgotten.

Which is what makes the Pick of the Day, a 1976 Chevrolet Vega station wagon, so fun and interesting. You could call this a contrarian street rod, a Vega with attitude that seems to say, “Yes, I’m a Vega. Deal with it.” Continue reading