The 14th annual Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction opened on Jan. 15 to magnificent weather and record attendance. As always, the collection was as diverse and eclectic as some of the attendees, this writer included.
At a glance, the top dollar cars were a 1966 early production Lamborghini for $742,000, a 1963 Tempest factory lightweight $335,000, and a 1964 Porsche 366 SC for $236,000, not including commissions.
Other six-figure sales worthy of note were a 2013 Dodge Viper GTS Sons of Italy charity cause that brought $236,000, a 2008 Mercedes SLR sold at $308,000, and a Boss 429 1970 Mustang topped even all those “Shelbys” at $220,000.
Hollywood history seemed to be a factor in several sales, notably John Wayne’s ulitarian 1966 IH Travelall hammered at $102,000 whilst Lee Marvin’s blue 1968 Shelby Mustang was bid to and sold at $150,000.
A total of 786 cars were reportedly offered, with over half at no reserve. Michelle Gothan, marketing director for Russo and Steele, is cautiously optimistic that the final tally will produce a sell through of 70+ %.
Final results are expected soon on their website, and my full report will appear in an upcoming issue of Old Cars Weekly.
Charles H. Farley