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The Crescendo Effect: As the Days Get Closer, The Cars Get Bigger at Russo and Steele’s 15th Anniversary Auction Event!

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Scottsdale, Arizona (January 6th, 2015) – For Enthusiasts – By Enthusiasts. ™ This is far more than a tagline at Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions. It’s a lifestyle, and we are gearing up to deliver that singular passion to the High Desert of sunny Scottsdale, Arizona for our annual flagship event during the world renowned collector car week. Additionally, Scottsdale marks the kick-off of the year-long celebration of our 15th anniversary. Held over five thrilling and action-packed days from Wednesday January 14th through Sunday January 18th, this “must attend” event promises to deliver our signature high-octane experience with a huge selection of today’s finest and most interesting collector automobiles, ranging from time-honoured European sports classics, to legendary and historically important competition cars, to the most sought after of American muscle machines, with virtually everything in between.

With only days remaining before the start of festivities, Russo and Steele holds true to the “Crescendo Effect” mantra: As the days go on the splendour of offerings increases. Sure to become centrepieces in their respective future collections, and certain to inspire the emotions of serious enthusiasts across the globe, these incredibly special automobiles are guaranteed to set the Scottsdale auction block ablaze.

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1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 –
Numbered 13659 and documented by Ferrari marque historian Marcel Massini, this highly desirable 1970 365 GT 2+2 is a later-production European-market example that was sold new by Dino Ravasio and Sons in September 1970 to its first owner in Rome. It was maintained by the Ferrari factory until being imported to California. The outstanding running and driving V-12 engine was recently gone through, with work completed including a major overhaul on the carburetors, valves, camshafts, seals, belts, hoses, spark plugs and ignition wires. Additionally, new rear suspension bushings and a new exhaust system were installed. Accompanying items include the original jack, original handbook, and original parts manual. 13659 stands as a great example of Ferrari’s definitive Grand Touring car of the late 1960s.

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1969 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro –
Presented in stunning Daytona Yellow, with a black vinyl top, and black interior, this 1969 Yenko Super Camaro, X44D80 code features a factory 140mph speedometer and rare factory tachometer, with center fuel gauge and 15″ American Vintage style 5 spoke alloy wheels. A double COPO Camaro, it was ordered by Yenko Chevrolet as part of the last batch of COPOs to ever be converted into Yenko Super Camaros with the order number, per the records of the Copo Connection of #107778.  The Copo Connection has extensive documentation pertaining to this Yenko. It was the 194th Yenko Camaro of the approximately 201 Yenko Chevrolet ordered Camaros built. It is estimated that less than 150 of these Yenko Camaros have been found and accounted for making this vehicle very special and very rare.

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2005 Ford GT –
With less than 900 miles from new, this stunning 2005 Ford GT is a one-owner example clearly benefiting from proper garage storage. It epitomizes the ‘supercar’ field with its 550-bhp supercharged DOHC 32-valve 5.4-liter engine, backed by a 6-speed manual transmission and riding on a race-bred all-independent suspension.  While capable of blistering performance, these cars were also highly praised for their remarkable practicality in everyday traffic, and this car is no exception; the light clutch makes driving a pleasure, and the leather interior, which pays homage to the original GT40, is complete with electric windows, power features and air conditioning. This virtually new 2005 GT is an unquestionably amazing opportunity that will not likely present itself again.

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1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda –
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.

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1967 McKee MK VII Can Am –
This incredible competition automobile represents one of McKee’s early cars. It is one of only two built, has complete known history, and is a very low-time example.  The car is in excellent condition, still sporting the McLaren Mk 6 body, a Chevrolet 350 engine putting out approximately 600 HP, and the original Hewland transaxle.  Both engine and transmission have only 12 hours run time on fresh rebuilds.  This car is absolutely spotless and presents a fantastic opportunity for any serious collector, driver or enthusiast. This car has competed with all the great names in Can Am, such as McLaren, Chaparrell, Lola, and Ferrari, and drivers such as Danny Hulme, John Surtees, Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, and Bruce McLaren. Today, this car can be run in any worldwide series or vintage event.

For additional information regarding our Scottsdale ’15 auction, the exciting selection of featured collector automobiles being assembled daily, and our 15th Anniversary events, visit our website at www.russoandsteele.com. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more advance information about the Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2015 auction event, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.

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