PHOTOS: Russo and Steele’s Finest Offerings

Jan 21, 2016

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Returning for its 16th season as a headliner during Arizona Car Week in Scottsdale, Russo and Steele is presenting a wide selection of ultra-premium collector automobiles, according to the company. Set for Jan. 27-31, the Russo and Steele diverse auction docket includes:

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda 4-Speed Coupe

This 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda is one of 108 Hemi Cudas built in 1971. It is equipped with the original 426 cubic inch/425 horsepower Hemi engine along with the original four-speed manual pistol grip transmission. It features a Dana rear end, Shaker hood, vinyl roof, tinted glass, rally wheels, leather interior, am/fm radio, rally dash, power steering, rear window louvers, rear deck spoiler, billboards, wood steering wheel, and date coded tires. This car has been owned by the present owner for the last 29 years. It has undergone a meticulous body off the frame rotisserie restoration and is a two-fender tag car fully documented and authenticated by Galen V. Govier.

1990 Lamborghini Countach “Last Production Year”

This Iconic Lamborghini Countach was one of only a handful produced by the factory in Sant’ Agata Bolognese, Bolgna, Italy in 1990. It was finished in its most desirable color combination, red over black and shows simply stunning from every angle. The odometer shows just over 29,000 kilometers from new. With a 16-year production run that spanned the entire 1980s, it’s obvious why the Countach became the poster child for a generation of enthusiasts.

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

Restored to an exceedingly high standard including the factory-specified color combination, this 1957 356 Speedster is complete with documentation.

1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce – “1 of 1”

Out of approximately 175 1970 Yenko Deuce LT1 COPOs sold by Yenko Sports Cars Inc., less than 100 are registered and accounted for today. Yenko Deuces were built in batches and the last batch of 50 included. The last 50 also have the distinction of having been completed at Hurst Performance in Pennsylvania, prior to being delivered to Yenko Chevrolet and the Yenko Network Dealers. Of those only 10 were built in Citrus Green and only one of those had power steering and a four speed. This is that automobile. It was completely frame off restored in 2015 by MASCAR / Detroit Muscle restorations in California. This included a fresh rebuild of its original matching numbers drive-train. It debuted at Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals VII where it was awarded Concours Gold.

1966 AMC AMX

Dubbed “The Plastic Prototype,” this 1966 AMC AMX Prototype has a story as unique as its existence. Like with all prototypes, it was never intended for street use. The very first fiberglass “pusher” (no engine or internals) version of the AMX debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1966, with a slick fastback design and a spectacular rumble seat, referred to as the “Rambleseat.” Show attendees were smitten, and AMC subsequently commissioned Italian coachbuilder Vignale to create a running version for the New York Auto Show. Not surprisingly, safety concerns soon outweighed the speed gained by a lightweight body and the fun to be had with a rumble seat. Those features never made it to the manufacturer’s floor, as the AMX was toned down before production even began. The fiberglass was replaced with steel and the “Rambleseat” disappeared. This highly exotic prototype version provides an incredible look into the development of a true American classic.

2005 Ferrari 575 M Superamerica Convertible 

Featuring specially-ordered and extremely rare “Out of Range” British Racing Green paint and Crema-trimmed ‘Daytona’ style seats and interior appointments, this 575 M Superamerica includes bespoke by-request Bordeaux piping and stitching to match and outstanding options including Scuderia shields, yellow calipers, and the highly coveted GTC handling and performance package with modular 19-inch rims. A dedication plate in silver, high-power hi-fi stereo with 6-disc CD changer, and prewired battery charger round out its highly exclusive features and options.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback S Code

Built on Feb 20, 1969 and sold new at McCoy Ford in Anaheim, California, this Boss 429, with 15,796 miles, had a no expense spared concours quality rotisserie restoration and retains its original sheet metal, engine, transmission and rear differential and most of its other factory components. The driveline was rebuilt to factory specifications with NOS parts from the NOS dated coded spark plug wires to the correct Autolite battery and caps. A new NOS windshield was installed with the correct date code and the original space saver tire is still in the trunk. All the factory numbers and paint marks and dabs have been reproduced the way these cars were originally shipped. This Boss 429 KK1346 was one of the first 279 produced and their engines were tagged as 820-S often referred to as “S Code” in Boss terminology. These were the most desirable engines since they were assembled with the NASCAR design connecting rods with 1/2″ rod bolts.

1976 Porsche 911/930 Turbo

This first-year example of the legendary Porsche 930 Turbo is an original California car that shows 72,000 miles and features rare Salmon “paint to sample” per the accompanying certificate of authenticity. Retaining the original matching numbers 3.0L Turbo engine, it is freshly repainted to the original color and benefits from a major tune-up.

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi Super Stock – “Akron Arlen Vanke”

This factory original B029 Hurst Super Stock Hemi Barracuda is extremely rare and highly sought-after with one 1 of just 70 ever produced. This model was owned and raced by Hall of Fame racing driver “Akron” Arlen Vanke from new. It is one of only a handful that were never cut up or wrecked, retaining its mint original body and trim, original body numbers and fender tag, pictures when found and during restoration, and documentation and provenance. Features a 426 Cross Ram Hemi engine built by Arlen Vanke himself.

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

This impeccably kept 1988 Ferrari Testarossa was finished in the ever-desirable color combination of Rosso Corsa over Crema leather interior with very rare Rosso carpet. The car has been very well preserved overall and remains in wonderful collector condition, having traveled just 4,621 miles from new.

1964 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series I

Currently experiencing rocket ship type market place appreciation, this Series I 3.8-liter Jaguar E-Type Roadster retains its original matching numbers engine as verified by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. It benefits from a bare-metal restoration wherein it was refinished in its original cream color, with a fully restored black Connolly leather interior and matching top.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro-Chip Foose

Designed by Chip Foose and built to impeccable standards using only the finest parts and craftsmanship, this Pro Touring-style 1969 Camaro was constructed by Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, Texas as part of a limited run completed during the mid-2000s.

1972 Porsche 911 S

From its purchase until late in 2013, this original 1972 long nose 911 S was a one owner car from Austin, Texas. Originally supplied with sport seats, A/C and no sunroof, the black leather sport interior is in excellent original condition and only the carpet has been replaced. The car comes with the correct and original FUCHS wheels. The original numbers matching engine went through a very extensive recent rebuild and while being rebuilt was upgraded to 2.7 liter RS specs including a rare RS spec Bosch MFI pump.

1969 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet

This 1969 Ford Torino GT ‘Richard Petty’ Edition finished in Petty Blue over a blue vinyl interior is an extremely rare car, being one of only five ever produced. In 1969, Ford held a sweepstakes in which the winners would receive one of these 428 Cobra Jet Torinos, delivered to their doorstep by Richard Petty himself. Approximately 200 of these promotional Torinos were built but only five were optioned with the 428 Cobra Jet V8-this car is one of those five.

1993 Jaguar XJR-S – “1 of 100 Special Edition”

This rare Jaguar XJR-S has travelled 48,600 original miles. Includes A/C, leather, and interior wood. The unique number plate on the console shows it is XJRS #018. The 1993 XJR-S was built by Jaguar Sport, working with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). It is one of a special run of 100 North American-spec cars.