15 Exciting Collector Automobiles to Watch During This January’s Scottsdale, Arizona Car Week Auctions
Scottsdale, Arizona (January 13th, 2016) – Astute Collectors of the world’s most sought after and most valuable automobiles know that Scottsdale, Arizona in January is where the market values for collector cars are established each year. As such, they make it primary lifestyle destination and year in and year out it is the one of only a select group of internationally recognized locations that provides all the fundamental essentials that attract the best buyers and sellers from around the world. Russo and Steele is one of the biggest players on the collector car auction scene and for those who come to buy or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods and Customs, Russo and Steele in Scottsdale is simply and officially a can’t miss event.
Returning for its landmark 16th season as a headliner during Arizona Car Week, Russo and Steele is once again presenting an incredible selection of ultra-premium collector automobiles for this year’s highly anticipated festivities. Being held January 27 through 31, 2016, this “must attend” celebration of all things automotive, promises to deliver another signature high-octane experience that will continue to make Russo and Steele one of the most talked about luxury lifestyle events across the globe yet again this year.
A few particularly interesting offerings in their incredibly diverse 2016 Scottsdale docket include:
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda 4-Speed Coupe “Best of the Best”
This 1971 Plymouth Hemi “Cuda is one of 108 Hemi Cudas built in 1971. It is equipped with the original 426 cubic inch/425HP Hemi engine along with the original 4 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 2 fender tag car and it has been fully documented and authenticated by Galen V. Govier. This incredible automobile is the best of the best and would be the pinnacle of any car collector’s collection.
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 29000 kilometers from new, which is incredibly low mileage for a car of this age and caliber. 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, and late production units have always been considered to be the most comfortable and driver-friendly. This example is surely among the lowest-mileage examples in existence, and as such, it would be worthy of any collection.
1957 Porsche 356 Speedster
Restored to an exceedingly high standard including the factory-specified color combination, this 1957 356 Speedster is complete with documentation. An outstanding original car from San Diego, California was the foundation used to begin a stunning restoration by Porsche marque specialists in Newport Beach, California. No other car stirs up images of speed and adventure quite like Porsche's elemental 356 Speedster and this example is outstanding and investment-grade!
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 PA, 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 4 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 “The Plastic Prototype”
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.
Featuring specially-ordered and extremely rare “Out of Range” British Racing Green paint and Crema-trimmed ‘Daytona’ style seats and interior appointments, this outstanding 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. A stylistic and technical tour de force on all conceivable levels!
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback S Code
This pristine example of Ford’s most fearsome filly is an original 15,796 Mile Boss Mustang as Documented on its title. Built on Feb 20, 1969 and sold new at McCoy Ford in Anaheim, California this iconic Boss 429 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 – “Introductory Production Year”
This first-year example of the legendary Porsche 930 Turbo is an original California car that shows just 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. Offered complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, it also includes the original books and signed warranty card.
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 1 of just 70 ever produced with very few surviving examples remaining today. One of the best in existence – bar none – is Car #13, 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. It benefits from a two-year rotisserie restoration done to extremely high detailed standards, with virtually no expense spared, and features an incredibly rare 426 Cross Ram Hemi engine built by Arlen Vanke himself! Even today, it is the most famous of all of the Hemi SS/B 'Cudas.
This impeccable 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, fresh as you would expect in such a low mile example, has been very well preserved overall and remains in wonderful collector condition, having traveled just 4,621 miles (7438 KM) from new. Also included in the sale are the car’s owner’s manual, tools, spare and key. In preparation for the auction, this Testarossa received an annual service, and the invoice for that work will be included in the car’s file.
1964 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series I
Currently experiencing rocket ship type market place appreciation, this gorgeous “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 beautiful, bare-metal restoration wherein it was refinished in its original cream color, with a fully restored black Connolly leather interior and matching top.
NO RESERVE 1969 Chevrolet Camaro - “Chip Foose Design”
Designed by living legend and star of the popular television show “Overhaulin” Chip Foose, built to impeccable standards using only the finest parts and craftsmanship and built with virtually no possible cost spared, this stunning Pro Touring-style ‘69 Camaro was constructed by Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, Texas as part of a limited run completed during the mid-2000s. Combining the best first-generation Camaro styling cues, subtle yet effective custom tweaks, and race-bred performance, handling, and braking, this amazing creation is a study in modern engineering and performance technology with an updated take on the iconic original. This exceptional ‘69 Camaro is offered ready to show, go and collect!
From its purchase until late in 2013 this very original 1972 long nose 911 S was a one owner car from Austin Texas. Originally supplied with sport seats, A/C and no sunroof it comes with extensive maintenance records and has been lovingly maintained over its entire life. The black leather sport interior is in excellent original condition and only the carpet has been replaced. Mechanically this is an all numbers matching car and retains it originality throughout and offers the performance that only a first generation 911 S can offer. This truly iconic car comes with the correct and original, FUCHS wheels that also reflect the overall external patina you would expect of such an exceptional original car. 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. It comes with the Porsche COA, books, manuals and tools.
1969 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet - “Richard Petty Edition Ford Promo Car”
This 1969 Ford Torino GT 'Richard Petty' Edition finished in Petty Blue over Blue vinyl interior is an extremely rare and special car, being 1 of only 5 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! Having never been restored, it's presented in its wonderful factory original condition.
1993 Jaguar XJR-S - “1 of 100 Special Edition”
This pristine and highly rare Jaguar XJR-S has travelled just 48,600 original miles. Recently serviced and ready to drive and enjoy, it is remarkable in presentation with everything functioning as it should, with ice-cold A/C, gorgeous leather, and remarkable interior wood. The unique number plate on the console shows it is XJRS #018. The 1993 XJR-S is a very special Jaguar, built by Jaguar Sport working with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). It is one of a special run of 100 North American-spec cars.
About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts™. It’s not just a tagline – it’s our lifestyle! As one of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2015 and continues to innovate, set new records, and attract clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our thrilling “auction in the round” experience and passion are simply not attainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by Newport Beach, California in June, and Monterey, California in August.