SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (January 23, 2010) – Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions announced today that when the 10th Anniversary Collector Car Auction re-opens to the public and resumes auction operations on Sun., Jan. 24, at 8 a.m., the world’s only 1948 Tucker Convertible will be sold on the Russo and Steele block.

Following the severe storm that hit Scottsdale on Thursday night, the 1948 Tucker Convertible was extremely fortunate that it only sustained minor damages. However, Justin Cole, President of Benchmark Classic Restoration, is providing the new owner with a guarantee that Benchmark Classic Restorations, a world-class restoration company, will restore 100 percent of the minor damages caused by the storm. Benchmark Classic’s was the original restorer of the 1948 Tucker Convertible, so is intimately familiar with the automobile and its restoration needs.

“It is unfortunate that this freak storm occurred on Thursday but Drew and his team have done a remarkable job of getting things back in order,” said Cole. “Having only received minor damage, I am certain the Tucker Convertible will arrive to its new owner in pristine condition. I am thankful that no one was hurt and the auction will go on.”

Due to the overwhelming amount of qualified buyers contacting Russo and Steele stating that they plan on being at the auction when it re-opens on Sunday, Cole decided to remain on the Russo and Steele program.

“The support of our clients has been overwhelming,” said Drew Alcazar, co-owner and CEO of Russo and Steele. “Because of the support from all of our clients including Justin, we are able to resume the auction on Sunday and expect a phenomenal two days of bidding.”

There is only one Tucker Convertible in the world. When it comes across the block on Sunday it will be the first time ever that this automobile is up for public auction.

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