Awesome American Muscle at Russo and Steele Scottsdale

Russo and Steele once again presents a diverse selection of high-quality collector cars at their action-packed Scottsdale sale, running January 27–31. Here is a roundup of notable American offerings on the 2016 Scottsdale docket:

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda 4-speed
This 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda (pictured) is one of 107 Hemi ‘Cudas built in 1971. It is equipped with the original 426-ci 425-hp Hemi engine along with the original 4-speed manual pistol-grip transmission. It features a Dana rear end, Shaker hood, vinyl roof, tinted glass, leather interior, AM/FM radio, power steering, rear window louvers, rear deck spoiler, 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. It is a two-fender-tag car, and it has been fully documented and authenticated by Galen V. Govier.

1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce
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 10 each of five new colors. 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 4-speed. This is that automobile. It was completely frame-off restored in 2015. This included a fresh rebuild of its original matching-numbers drivetrain. 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 has a story as unique as its existence. As 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.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
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, CA, this iconic Boss 429 had a no-expense-spared, concours-quality, rotisserie restoration. It 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 NOS date-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 was one of the first 279 produced, and their engines were tagged 820-S. These “S-code” engines were the most desirable, since they were assembled with the NASCAR-design connecting rods with 1/2-inch rod bolts.

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi Super Stock
This factory original B029 Hurst Super Stock Hemi Barracuda is extremely rare and highly sought-after. One of just 70 ever produced with very few surviving examples remaining today. One of the best in existence is car #13, owned and raced by famed 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. It benefits from a two-year rotisserie restoration done to extremely high detailed standards, with virtually no expense spared. The car features an incredibly rare 426 cross-ram Hemi engine built by Arlen Vanke himself.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 – No Reserve
Powered by the legendary 283/270 dual-quad engine and Borg-Warner 4-speed. This outstanding 1959 Corvette convertible was restored to impeccable standards down to the last nut and bolt by a father-and-son team with over 80 years of combined experience restoring and judging classic Corvettes. In addition to great colors, it retains all the original fiberglass with no replacement panels. The car features 4.11:1 rear end, Wonderbar AM/FM radio with auxiliary inputs, T3 headlamps, off-road exhaust, original Irving Air Chute seat belts and correct Firestone tires.

1969 Chevrolet Chip Foose Camaro – No Reserve
Designed by living legend Chip Foose, built to impeccable standards using only the finest parts and craftsmanship and built with virtually no cost spared. This stunning Pro Touring-style ’69 Camaro was constructed by Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, TX 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.

1964 Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge Stage III Lightweight
Before the modern 426 Hemi, the Mopar monster engine was the Max Wedge Stage III, displacing 426 cubic inches and factory rated at a staggering 425 hp. Built to take advantage of NHRA and NASCAR rules, Plymouths and Dodges with this engine routinely ripped off quarter-mile times in the high 11s and low 12s, with trap speeds of more than 118 mph. In addition to power, Plymouth began producing special bodies to complement these engines, using aluminum front ends, trunk-mounted batteries, hood scoops and other lightweight parts. 

1969 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet Richard Petty Edition
This 1969 Ford Torino GT Richard Petty Edition, finished in Petty Blue over blue vinyl interior, is an extremely rare and special car, being one of only five ever produced. In 1969 Ford held a sweepstakes in which these Torinos were delivered to winners’ doorsteps 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 is presented in wonderful factory original condition.

1963 Ford Thunderbird convertible
Quite likely the most successful car of its kind in AACA judging, with 67 awards to its credit from 1989 through 2015. This Senior Grand National Award winner is a beautifully detailed rotisserie restoration clearly benefiting from the loving care of its long-term owners. Featuring the uncommon purity of line of the “Bullet Bird” generation, it comes with an AACA awards report, Vintage Thunderbird Club International scoring sheets, all awards in the trunk and copies of period Ford press releases.

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