Following sixteen consecutive years in North Scottsdale as a staple of Arizona’s legendary collector car week, Russo and Steele, the most exciting collector automobile auction in the world is proud to announce a new chapter in its history by moving to their new home: The Southwest’s premiere sports and entertainment complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The annual event will take place on January 18-22, 2017 and will feature their well-established “auction in the round” formula with five days and over 800 cars crossing the block. Home to many internationally recognized professional sporting events, as well as a national mainstay for a wide variety of festivals and entertainment, the 140-acre site will serve as the ultimate host to this highly anticipated annual collector automobile lifestyle event.
The location’s beautifully manicured fields will provide a premium concours style experience that will showcase the high quality, incredibly diverse range of offerings that Russo and Steele has forged its reputation on. Additionally, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick’s highly centralized and easily accessible location, right off the Loop 101 will put them directly at the epicenter of all the action during Arizona Car Week.
Featured offerings up for grabs at Russo and Steele’s 2017 Scottsdale Collector Automobile Extravaganza include:
#8418 2004 Ford GT Prototype CP-1
A true piece of automotive history, Ford GT prototype CP-1 was the first fully-functional Ford GT prototype built in 2003 as part of the all-new GT’s development phase. Assigned VIN 004, it was the first Ford GT prototype to be equipped with an engine, drivetrain, and full interior. In addition to its early provenance, the originality of CP-1 is perhaps what makes the car so tantalizing to hard-core Ford enthusiasts. Its body and engine compartment feature an array of non-standard components and many design features that are exclusive to this prototype, including the air bags, which are in fact Mustang components, and the steering column that was sourced from a Ford Windstar van. The silver trim rings on the seats were eliminated on production cars, the striking Camillo Pardo-designed all-aluminum headliner was replaced in production by a more traditional padded item, and a note scrawled in marker on the center console instructs test drivers to “push red button to start” the mid-mounted V-8 engine, which is mated to a 6-speed transaxle. Outside, the right quarter-panel features two quick-release valves connected to the fuel tank that allow quick changes of fuel grades. Extending beyond the rear bumper, a set of experimental exhaust pipes incorporate a “sniffer pipe” that allowed the engineers to determine engine emissions during testing. The Offering of Ford GT Prototype CP-1 truly marks a once in a lifetime opportunity to own what is unquestionably one of the most historic and important Ford performance examples ever offered at a public sale.
#8281 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88
One of just 80 examples produced for 1968, this Silverstone Silver Corvette L88 coupe was built on May 1, 1968 with optional 4.56:1 gear set, N11 Off-Road Exhaust, Soft Ray tinted glass, telescopic steering column and head restraints. In addition to the original interior, it retains its original matching-numbers engine and drivetrain and was expertly restored by Tim Thorpe, after which it earned Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight certifications and was included in the Bloomington Gold Earthquake 88 Special Collection.
#8171 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A
Incredibly expensive when new and almost double the price of a contemporary top-of-the-line Cadillac, this “1 of 203” 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet A was delivered new to Los Angeles during December 1954, finished in black with a light tan soft top, the exterior colors it features today, it features beautiful interior woodwork. Continuing to benefit nicely from an older restoration, this 300S Cabriolet A includes twin Bosch fog lamps, black wheels shod in period style wide whitewall tires, tinted sun visors, and a highly desirable Becker ‘Nurburg’ radio.
#8419 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T
This 1971 Galen Govier documented Dodge Hemi Challenger is the stuff of which collector dreams are made. A genuine, unrestored 426 Hemi 4 speed, it is one of 70 Hemi Challengers originally produced and one of only 36 still known to exist today. It comes handsomely equipped with A34 super track pack, power brakes, bucket seats, V68 strip delete, longitudinal R/T sport tape and iconic pistol grip shifter. Of the 6 remaining black cars accounted for, this is the only unrestored car, thus making it a thoroughly exceptional find.
#8379 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster
This fully-restored and stunning beige over tan Series I Roadster is the best version of the iconic E-type line. A very late production number, Jaguar’s Heritage Trust Archive states that it was in a run of approximately 20 vehicles all of which were sent to Jaguar Cars New York. Recipient of a meticulous ground up restoration, all the original parts were removed, polished and painted then refitted on the car. Even the original Chenney hose clamps remain. No expense was spared making sure the car was correct and ready to take on the show circuit.
#8167 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
One of Ferrari’s best classic V-12 Grand Touring cars, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 enjoys growing appreciation among collectors and enthusiasts today. Chassis Number 12573, this example from 1969 is well-maintained and sorted and handsome in the original Blu Chiaro Metallic over black leather color combination. In addition to Borrani wire-spoke wheels and the original radio, it is offered with tool roll, jack, books and records. A partial engine rebuild and top end overhaul was performed by FMS of Fountain Hills, Arizona during 2006.
#8258 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 “Black Stallion”
Known to Oldsmobile fans as “The Black Stallion,” this exceptionally scarce W-30 Sport Coupe is one of only 262 built for 1970. Furthering its rarity is the lightweight W-27 aluminum rear end cover and 4-speed manual transmission. It also stands as the only Oldsmobile to ever receive a perfect 1,000-point score at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. A real Black-paint example with Pearl White buckets, it is accompanied by bulletproof GM Canada paperwork confirming all factory options and colors, plus the Dealer Invoice and ownership documented back to the original owner, with notarized affidavits on file.
#8003 1966 Shelby GT350 Paxton Convertible
Numbered 6S2389 and documented in the Shelby American World Registry, this 1966 Shelby GT350 convertible is one of the 12 continuation cars that were commissioned by Carroll Shelby and built at Beverly Hills Mustang for Shelby American, Inc. during the 1980s. As offered, 6S2389 remains highly original and as new in specification. While kept in a private collection and very well preserved, the GT350 was driven by the current owner on the 2014 Sun Valley Road Rally, at one point hitting 130 miles per hour. Vividly described by him as being “fast, loud, and awesome,” 6S2389 is complete with the dash plaque that was affixed when it was built, stating it was test driven and personally inspected by Carroll Shelby himself. An incredible offering at auction, this 1966 GT350 convertible is complete with the original sales contract and beautifully represents Shelby’s long-awaited return to automobile production.
#8345 1969 Chevrolet Nickey Camaro
This fully documented 1969 Chevrolet Nickey Performance Camaro features a red hot 425hp 427 mated to a factory Muncie 4 speed with a 12 bolt. It was born with a factory original GM window sticker and original GM Protecto Plate. NCRS certificated, it shows selling dealer Nickey Chevrolet Sales, Inc Chicago, IL and is Jerry MacNeish inspected with Certificate of Authenticity. Absolutely rock solid and rust free with laser straight body and paint, this real deal Nickey Camaro is stunning!
#8407 1970 Plymouth Superbird
Mostly unrestored this Galen Govier inspected,1970 Plymouth Superbird features a matching numbers 440 six pack with pistol grip shifter, console and bucket seats. Highly documented with factory tags, ownership history and restoration photo album, it also includes AM Radio, remote mirror, and sport wheels with raise white letter, Bias ply Goodyear tires.
1936 Cord 812 Phaeton from the Okoboji Museum Collection
With the recent announcement of Russo and Steele’s move to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for their pivotal Scottsdale auction, excitement felt through the collector car world has never been higher. In addition to the anticipation felt by enthusiasts around the globe, some of America’s most important formal collections have also taken notice. As such Russo and Steele is proud to present on offer, selections from two of Americas most critical museum collections.
The Okoboji Museum Collection featured at Russo and Steele Scottsdale is a diverse group of more than 30 highly maintained and extensively loved collector automobiles ranging from prewar survivor cars to 1950’s Americana to the most sought after in American muscle to classic European sports cars.
Russo and Steele’s second marquee collection, The Missoula Museum Collection features over 50 incredible classics spanning a quarter century and covering nearly every category of collectability. From prewar standards to 1940’s and 50’s classics to the height of vintage British luxury (and even a fire truck!), the Missoula Museum Collection presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for every level collector and will be offered entirely at NO RESERVE on the morning of Sunday, January 22nd.
Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Designed Custom Arizona Coyotes Motorcycle
Commissioned by world renowned designer and Bagger Nation founder, Paul Yaffe, this Arizona Coyotes-themed, hand-sculpted 2015 Harley Davidson Road Glide is a true engineering marvel. It features cruise control, navigation, ABS brakes, a 103-inch twin cam engine and a six-speed transmission. An incredibly detailed work of art, it is covered top to bottom with creative and awe-inspiring custom touches, like a 26-inch hockey stick front wheel, matching 18-inch brake disc, hockey puck air cleaner, LED backlit Coyotes logo and jersey seat, as well as a detachable Wail Tail Tour pack lined with the Coyotes logo on the backrest and interior. Offered exclusively at NO RESERVE, all proceeds from the sale will benefit the Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of metro Phoenix.
Experience all the high-energy excitement of Russo and Steele’s flagship auction event in Scottsdale, Arizona for yourself! Bidder registration is just $200 and includes admission for all 3 days of exclusive “Auction in the Round” action for the bidder and one lucky guest. Join Russo and Steele in Scottsdale, January 18-22 live from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Auction previews run daily from 9:00 AM with auctions beginning at 12:00 PM. Be sure to contact Russo and Steele for advance bidder registration and accommodations or to register your premium consignment today.
For updated information regarding the Scottsdale 2017 auction and additional information on the exciting selection of featured collector automobiles they are busy assembling, visit Russo and Steele’s official website at www.russoandsteele.com. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more advance information, please contact Darin Roberge at firstname.lastname@example.org.