Next month Russo and Steele will celebrate it’s 20th Anniversary with the 2020 Scottsdale auction. The event runs from January 15 to 19 at Russo and Steele’s original location just south of the North 101 Freeway and Scottsdale Road. In addition to the anniversary celebration, the event includes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a very special Corvette, Bill Mitchell’s special order 1967 COPO Corvette convertible.
The one-of-one COPO Corvette was ordered by Mitchell for his wife Marian and designed with many special touches courtesy of it’s legendary owner. In fact, Mr. Mitchell followed the special ‘Vette down the assembly line, specifying the Tri-Power 427/400 big-block, heavy duty two-speed Powerglide transmission and 3.08 Positraction rear end. Further, the car was treated to a long list of options including side-mount exhaust, a telescoping steering column, air conditioning, tinted windshield, AM/FM radio and an auxiliary hardtop. Also included was power windows, brakes and steering.
After the initial assembly line build, the Corvette received further enhancement at the GM Technical Center. Most notably, the red accents applied throughout the car. They include the front and rear wheelwells, sill panels, rear interior trim panels and undercarriage and suspension pieces. The most visible addition was the elongated red Stinger stripe that runs the length of the car.
Marian Mitchell is said to have enjoyed the COPO Corvette for two-years, a long time for the Mitchell household and their rotating fleet of special GM vehicles, before being to sold. Since then the car has been in the hands of fastidious owners and garnered many awards, including the Bloomington Gold Historic Award.
For complete details about Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale 2020 auction and this special COPO Corvette click here
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