Dream Car Saturday Ready to Launch at Russo and Steele's 15th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction Event!

January 18, 2015 by Russo and Steele

Dream Car Saturday Ready to Launch at Russo and Steele's 15th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction Event!  Scottsdale, Arizona (January 17, 2015) – Following 2 great days of record attendance, stratospheric sell through and a world class seminar moderated by SEMA Hall of Fame member Wade Kawasaki and featuring an all-star panel of guest experts which included such noted personalities as Wayne Carini from TV's Chasing Classic Cars, McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty Insurance, Jim Menneto from Hemmings Motor News, and Oscar Pereda from Michelin North America, we prepare to enter our exclusive gladiator style auction block for Saturday, and the auctions main event: It's Dream Car Saturday at Russo and Steele!

Following the offering of more great collectibles and memorabilia, the automobiles on offer today promise to generate fierce bidding and create more of the over the top energy that Russo and Steele is famous for.

Notable selections from today's catalogue of diverse and exciting offerings include:

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 'Original' Coupe – #S728 (7:38-7:58)

This 1970 Hemi 'Cuda is believed the sole example retaining its original FJ5 Limelight Hi-Impact paint finish. With its VIN decoded by noted Chrysler expert Galen Govier, this Hemi 'Cuda was scheduled for production on Monday, October 13, 1969 at Chrysler's Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant and built to perform – at very high speeds – with its highway-friendly 3.23:1 Sure-Grip rear end and absence of power-robbing luxury options. Nonetheless, this Hemi 'Cuda was equipped new with power brakes (with front discs), power steering, the famed 'Shaker' hood and competition-style hood pins. High-Grade trim includes black vinyl bucket seats, dual outside mirrors, a black vinyl top, chrome exhaust tips, a floor console, and a Music Master AM radio. The offering of this near-mythical Hemi 'Cuda represents a truly significant opportunity for a knowledgeable collector to acquire confirmed, no-stories, incredibly original example of the ultimate American supercar.

1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird – #S732 (7:58-8:18)

Listed in the Chrysler Registry and with its VIN decoded by Galen Govier, this real Hemi Superbird was factory-finished in FY1 Lemon Twist 'Hi-Impact' paint and equipped with a stout A-727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, plus N96 Air Grabber hood, Charcoal and Black bucket seats, and a 3.55:1 Sure-Grip rear end, 26-inch radiator, and wood grain floor console. Built in November 1969 this Superbird is confirmed as the 313th of the 1,935 Superbirds produced. Only 135 were factory-equipped with the legendary 425-horsepower, 426 cubic-inch Chrysler Street Hemi V-8 engine, including the incredible example offered here.

2007 Creative Workshop Sport Speciale – #S737 (8:23-8:43)

Completed in late 2007 after a build involving over two years and 7,000 man-hours, the Speciale was inspired by the big-bore European racecars of the late 50s and early 60s with styling cues from such icons as the Ferrari TR 59/60, Aston Martin DBR1, and Maserati 450S. Power is provided by an Fl-inspired, custom-built aluminum BMW V-12 by Dinan Performance, displacing 5,972 cc and delivering 450 horsepower and 480 pounds-feet of torque. Weighing in at just 2,300 pounds, the Speciale's power-to-weight ratio is an amazing 5 pounds per horsepower. The subject of much media attention since its inception, this one of a kind machine is offered at NO RESERVE.


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    1968 Firebird Titus Vintage Trans-Am Race Car Daytona Winner #S744 – (8:58-9:18)

    This is the actual TG Racing Pontiac Firebird that competed in the '68 Trans Am season and was driven to victory by Jerry Titus in the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona. The car was restored and race prepared by Bill Elliott Racing to its '69 Daytona livery, as it is presented today. Campaigned with the Historic Trans Am group, it has competed at the most prestigious vintage events including the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, Coronado Speed Festival, Wine Country Classic, and Goodwood Festival of Speed. A bio of the car was published in Hemmings and additional information and photos can be found in Dave Friedman's seminal book on the era, 'Trans Am, the Pony Car Wars.'

    1953 Jaguar XK 120 – #S748 (9:13-9:33)

    This 1953 Jaguar XK 120, a Special Equipment model sometimes known colloquially in the US as the XK 120M, was built in 1952. The speed plaque on the XK 120 SE certified 132mph, from a naturally aspirated 3.4 engine in a 3,100lb car. The restoration began with the purchase of an incredibly rare set of dual-throat SU carbs and manifold manufactured in the 1950's and appearing only on a few race cars such as some of the Lemans Triumphs and the Hughes Kircher Jaguar Special XK 120. The former owner purchased the carbs and began searching for a competition XK 120 as a home for them. This car was featured in the Robb Report and the English magazine 'Jaguar Quarterly.' An issue of each is included in the sale.

    2010 Toyota Tacoma Polar Expedition – #S762 (9:55-10:15)

    This Polar Expedition Tacoma set the Guinness World Record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole (700 miles) which was completed in 1 day, 15 hours, and 54 minutes! Costing $400,000 USD to build, it is powered by a 4.0L TRD supercharged V-6 producing 380 hp through a 4-wheel drive system and automatic transmission. The Polar Expedition was designed and built with the help of Arctic Trucks. Finished in NATO Green vinyl wrap over a Graphite interior, this incredible vehicle has traveled just 14,281 miles, and is to be offered at NO RESERVE.

    For Enthusiasts – By Enthusiasts. ™ At Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions, it's far more than a tagline. It's our lifestyle! To obtain further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more information about the 15th Anniversary Russo and Steele Scottsdale '15 auction, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.

    About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions

    As one of America's leading collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract discerning clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique auction experience cannot be attained elsewhere. Auctions include our signature Scottsdale, Arizona event every January, Newport Beach in June, and Monterey, California in August. For more details, please visit us at www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

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