Star Sports Cars at Russo and Steele Scottsdale

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Russo and Steele returns to Scottsdale for its 16th season with a strong selection of collector cars. The auction runs January 27–31. Here is a roundup of notable sports cars from the Russo and Steele docket:

1990 Lamborghini Countach

This iconic Lamborghini Countach was one of only a handful produced in 1990. It is finished in the desirable color combination of red over black. The odometer shows just over 29,000 kilometers from new.

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

Restored to an exceedingly high standard in the factory-specified color combination, this 1957 356 Speedster is complete with documentation. An outstanding original car from San Diego, CA was the foundation used to begin a stunning restoration by Porsche marque specialists in Newport Beach.

2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica convertible

Featuring special-ordered and extremely rare “Out of Range” British Racing Green paint and Crema-trimmed Daytona-style seats and interior appointments with bespoke Bordeaux piping and stitching. Outstanding options include Scuderia shields, yellow calipers and the GTC handling and performance package with modular 19-inch rims. Rounding out the features and options are a dedication plate in silver, high-power stereo with 6-disc CD changer and pre-wired battery charger.

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

An original California car that shows just 72,000 miles. Finished in rare “paint to sample” Salmon, per the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity. Retains the original matching-numbers 3.0-L Turbo engine. It also includes the original books and signed warranty card.

1964 Jaguar XKE Series I convertible

Retains its matching-numbers engine, per Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. It benefits from a bare-metal restoration and has been refinished in its original cream color, with a fully restored black Connolly leather interior and matching top.

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

Finished in the desirable color combination of Rosso Corsa over Crema leather interior with very rare Rosso carpet. Very well preserved overall and remains in wonderful collector condition, having traveled just 4,621 miles (7,438 km) from new. Also included in the sale are the owner’s manual, tools, spare and key. In preparation for the auction, this Testarossa received an annual service, and the invoice for that work will be included in the car’s file.

1972 Porsche 911S

From its purchase until late 2013, this very original 1972 911S was a one-owner car from Austin, TX. Originally supplied with Sports seats, a/c and no sunroof. Comes with extensive maintenance records and has been lovingly maintained its entire life. The black leather interior is in excellent original condition, and only the carpet has been replaced. Mechanically, this is an numbers-matching car. Comes with the correct and original Fuchs wheels. The original numbers-matching engine went through a very extensive recent rebuild and was upgraded to 2.7-liter RS spec, including a rare RS-spec Bosch MFI pump. It comes with Porsche COA, books, manuals and tools.

1965 Ford Superformance GT40 – No Reserve

Professionally built by Chris Hines and his team at ArrowLane in Scottsdale, AZ. This Ford Superformance GT40 features uncommon attention to detail. The motor is a purpose-built NOS Ron Shaver aluminum sprint-car dry-sump short-block built to a high-but-reliable spec for street use. Les Gray of Vehicle Performance Group in Phoenix, AZ rebuilt the RBT 6-speed transaxle. The car is virtually brand new with 21 miles, including 17 on the dyno for break-in and tuning purposes.

1968 Mercedes-Benz 250SL

Sporting an attractive color combination of silver over red leather with a black soft top. This late-production 250SL  is the product of a restoration performed by Mercedes-Benz marque expert Jurgen Klockemann of Northern California. Parts and services supporting the restoration were furnished by the finest suppliers, including GAHH, Mario’s Fine Upholstery, Madera Concepts, and Christensen Plating. Notably, this example features the desirable 4-speed manual gearbox plus an engine upgrade to a 2.8-liter 280SL unit, providing a power boost and a wider and more flexible power band. Equipped with an original radio and accompanied by tools and manuals, it is ready to drive, show and enjoy.

1993 Jaguar XJR-S

This pristine Jaguar XJR-S has travelled just 48,600 original miles. Recently serviced and ready to drive and enjoy, it is remarkable in presentation with everything functioning as it should, including ice-cold a/c. The number plate on the console shows it is XJR-S #018. The 1993 XJR-S is a very special Jaguar, built by Jaguar Sport working with Tom Walkinshaw Racing. It is one of a special run of 100 North American-spec cars.

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Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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