Russo and Steele is run by Drew Alcazar, a former Mustang restorer of some renown. However, there is no Mr. Russo or Mr. Steele except in the phone book – Russo and Steele reflect the Italian exotics and American muscle cars, respectively, that Alcazar wanted to attract. As it has evolved, Russo and Steele seems to be the go-to place to find a muscle car of your choosing.
You are probably aware of last year’s disaster at the Russo and Steele event, in which a monsoon (or whatever they call these things in the Arizona desert) came down and sent tents a-toppling all over the place. Cars were damaged by beams crashing down and, if a car escaped that, water from the sky filled up the interior because the windows were left open or the top was left down. I was there and it was as horrible as it sounds.
So it is interesting that Russo and Steele is operating at the same place off Scottsdale Road near the 101. The weather from last year could have ruined the company, but they have managed to handle things with the owners, insurance, lawyers, and even the Fire Marshall in an admirable manner – to use the cliche, they turned lemons into lemonade. If you’re a muscle car fan and you could only attend one auction, you could choose to try to be on TV, or you could choose to be around other muscle car enthusiasts – got me?
Russo and Steele’s jewel in the crown is a white 1970 Hemi’Cuda convertible. Only 14 US-spec ‘Cudas were built with the Hemi (plus a few more for Canada and export markets), and this automatic-equipped car has a red interior, which adds some spice compared to a black interior. This ‘Cuda is a three tag car, meaning it is loaded – two data plates with option codes plus the plate that says “Hemi Fender” (because Hemis had folded wheel lips). If you’re ready to drive off in one of the top collectibles in the muscle car world, you better think twice with this one as it has only 19,000 miles.
Visit the slide show to view the offerings at Russo and Steele, and go through my index to find coverage of the other auctions going on at Scottsdale!
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