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    $38m GTO: All the Drama, Surprises and Head-Scratchers from Monterey's $464m Week

    Komforting Result for Porschephiles: 1988 Porsche 959 Approaches $1.5m

    Torpedos Away: Why the $467k Gap for Two Tucker 48s?

    GT40: Even at $6.9m, Ford Can't Beat Ferrari on the Block

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    The 2014 guide includes a calendar of events and detailed descriptions of 21 featured concours.

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Recent Profiles

  • Chassis 1036 (RM Auctions) A factory report dated October 28, 1948, held in the Tucker archives at the Gilmore Car
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    Tucker vs. Tucker

    By Carl Bomstead / November 2014
  • Chassis number GT108 is one of just six open-top GT40 roadsters constructed, reflecting Ford’s experimentation with the open configuration to
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    1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype

    By John L. Stein / November 2014
  • The Ferrari 250 GT Omologato needs little introduction as the most iconic, most habitable, street-useable, race-winning, World Championship-winning — and
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    1962–63 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta

    By Steve Ahlgrim / November 2014
  • Following the 953’s decisive win at the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally in 1984, Porsche’s chief engineer Helmuth Bott declared his ambition
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    1988 Porsche 959 Komfort

    By Prescott Kelly / November 2014
  • After several years dominating the Can-Am series with a series of school-bus-yellow racers, McLaren Cars stood up to the developing
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    1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am

    By Thor Thorson / November 2014
  • The ultra-rare Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS combined the short chassis with a racing-specification engine, gearbox, and revised final-drive ratios
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    1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Zagato Coupe

    By Donald Osborne / November 2014
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The revolutionary ‘Pony Car’ wars began in the early 1960’s changing American muscles forever. This new class of American muscle quickly became established and resulted in increased competition on all fronts. Not one to back down from a challenge, Plymouth began to revise what engine options were available for the Barracuda. For 1967, a plethora of V-8s ran the gamut, from the 2-barrel and 4-barrel versions of the 273 to a seldom-ordered 383 ‘Wedge’, the latter available only with the Formula S package. At the top of the pile, there was even a limited production of 50 Super-Stock, non-street-legal, Hemi-powered Barracudas that were built solely for drag racing use; with fiberglass front clips, these Hemi-powered Barracudas were capable of quarter-mile times of less than 11 seconds at top speeds of over 130 mph.

Such influences inside and outside of Chrysler by 1970 resulted in the development and birth of the ‘Cuda - when Barracuda finally lost all commonality with its humble A-body underpinnings. The short-lived production of what is now a top-tier collectible Plymouth muscle machine really began with the all-new 1970 model built on Chrysler’s entirely-new E-body platform, derived more from the B-body than from its predecessor. This aspect in particular resulted in the E-Body’s engine bay gaining a significant increase in available space than prior Barracudas. This one factor alone allowed the introduction of Chrysler's hydraulic-lifter Street Hemi for the ‘Cuda, a 426ci, 425 horsepower powerhouse for the street. The dowdy fastback A-body was soon forgotten as new Barracudas – and ‘Cudas – were available only as stylish hardtop coupes and convertibles.

Not surprisingly, all of these improvements were the culmination of many dreams of the ultimate muscle car. Before the stranglehold of emissions regulations detuned American street performance cars for all time, the 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda was arguably the car to beat – and remained so for many years to come.

The 1970 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible that is offered at Russo and Steele’s 11th Annual Scottsdale auction event is one of the only 14 examples of a built 1970 Hemi 'Cuda Convertibles and one of only 9 of these to have left the factory with an automatic transmission. Finished in its correct and authentic FC7 white over a red interior, this Hemi 'Cuda Convertible is a verified, one-of-one, top-tier collectible Mopar muscle machine with its 425 horsepower 426 cubic-inch Hemi V-8 and Hemi-specific Torque-Flite 727 3-speed automatic transmission.

The car has covered but 19,000 miles from new and remains as well-optioned today as it did when it left the factory with power steering, power front disc brakes, power windows, the Rallye gauge package and more, all documented by three fender tags. This numbers-matching Mopar masterpiece received a top-flight nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration just over two years ago - far and away beyond that of its original production standards; conveying with documentation that covers its entire history.

Russo and Steele Scottsdale Auction is January 19-23, 2011. The 11th Annual auction event will feature over 600+ European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles. Check the Russo and Steele website for updates and additional information. For additional information or images please contact Stephanie Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 602.252.2697.

Recent Blog Posts

  • A Glimpse of Pure Passion +

    The SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar is always a good experience, but this year it was a great deal better than good — it was fascinating, inspiring, and — of course — highly instructive. This year’s theme, “Preserve or Restore? The Three Tipping Points to Making the Decision” brought out principal Read More
  • Russian 4x4 Ice Drifting +

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  • This Week's Classic Mystery Photo +

    The monthly Mystery Photo has been an SCM tradition for 25 years. Each week, we’ll share one of our “greatest hits” photos from the past and give you a chance to provide a new witty and provocative caption. Each week’s winner will be announced in the Newsletter. Share your caption Read More
  • December 2014 Cover Poll +

    Our Art Director, David Tomaro, has created three possible cover concepts, and we'd like to know which one is your favorite. Click here to cast your vote! In addition, please take a few moments and answer some questions about collector cars. It should all take less than a minute, and Read More
  • Drag Racing a Parsnip at the Concours de Maryhill +

    Car shows happen in the most unlikely places. This weekend, the Goldendale Motorsports Association hosted the 16th annual Concours de Maryhill and hillclimb. The venue was the Maryhill Museum of Art, 103 miles east of Portland, overlooking the Columbia River. Entrepreneur Sam Hill built Maryhill and dedicated it to the public in Read More
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Collector Car News

  • $1.1m V16 Cadillac Roadster Leads RM's Strongest Performance in Hershey +

      RM Auctions celebrated the annual AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet October 9–10 with its best Hershey performance to date: $14,074,250 in total sales with a very strong 93% of all lots sold. Top seller was John Moir Jr.’s 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster at $1,100,000. Generated by the sale of 157 Read More
  • Buy High, Sell Low — The Keith Martin Audio Interview +

    Find out Keith Martin’s secrets to buying high, spending too much and selling low in this 30-minute exclusive interview with Mark Greene of CarsYeah.com. Martin talks about Sports Car Market was founded, how at its darkest moment he tried to sell it for $1,500 with no takers, and how the Read More
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Heads to Leake Dallas +

      Leake Auction Company will sell a 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix at their November 22 sale in Dallas, TX. The car was consigned from the John Ridings Lee collection and will be a part of Leake’s Platinum Series of cars. People have had a fascination with the Bugatti Read More
  • RM's Hershey Headliners +

    The featured cars at RM's Hershey sale this weekend include a 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood (pictured above, RM estimate: $375k-$450k), a 1915 Stanley Model 820 12-passenger Mountain Wagon ($200k-$250k), and a 1958 AC Ace-Bristol ($225k-$300k). View all the consignments here. Read More
  • Branson Presents "Toad," an AC-engined 1951 Frazer Nash +

    An AC-engined 1951 Frazer Nash known as "Toad" and a 1963 AC Greyhound will cross the block at Branson's Fall auction.  The sale takes place October 17-18 at the Hilton-Branson Convention Center in Branson, MO. View an up-to-date list of the current consignments here. Read More
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