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1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 @ Russo and Steele

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 @ Russo and Steele

When you look back at the history of Ferrari, it seems that every car they roll out has been met with widespread acclaim and adoration. It’s a standard that only a few other car manufacturers can claim because at the heart of each and every one that has laid their eyes on a Pransing Horse, deep down, they wish they had one.

In the 60’s, one of the more popular Ferrari models to come out was the 365 GT 2+2. Taking its cues from previous Ferrari models – most notably the 250 GT and the 330 GT – the 365 infused the features of the prior models to make a car that is both mouth-watering and awe-inspiring at the same time.

The 365 was first unveiled at the 1967 Paris Salon and was instantly befitted the title of ‘must-have’ among car enthusiasts all over the world. The 365 improved on the stylish aesthetics of the 330 and the limited edition 500 Superfast. What added to the appeal of the 365 was its exclusivity, with only 800 units being made – half of Ferrari’s total production of 12-cylinder cars made that year. The 365 GT also comes with the distinction of being only the second-ever 4-seater Ferrari the company has made.

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1970 Dodge Challenger 440 Convertible @ Russo and Steele

1970 Dodge Challenger 440 Convertible @ Russo and Steele

Back in the 70’s when America was in the middle of a love affair with the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, the other member of the Detroit 3 – Dodge – had to come up with their own muscle car or risk becoming just an afterthought to what has become a ‘vehicular arms race’ between Ford and Chevy.

Dodge did release its own muscle car – the Dodge Challenger – and to this day, it is universally recognized as one of America’s true muscle cars.

The Challenger’s design was done by Carl Cameron, the same man who was responsible for the design of the 1966 Dodge Charger. Although the Challenger took off in the eyes of the public at the start – 76,935 cars were produced for the 1970 model year – the changing times and the waning interest in the pony car segment meant that the Challenger didn’t live a long life and was out of production in 1974. Ironically, as a result of its short shelf-lif,e not a lot of Challenger models lived to see the turn of the millennium – especially the 440 R/T version, which only had 163 models built. As a result, those who did have the specific-modeled car ended up owning a priceless piece of American muscle-car history.

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1959 Sadler Formula Junior Monoposto @ Russo and Steele

1959 Sadler Formula Junior Monoposto @ Russo and Steele

Built like a bottle rocket, the 1959 Front Engine Sadler Formula Junior Monoposto small frame belies the monstrous speed it houses inside. Built by no less than legendary car savant, Bill Sadler, this car has an unparalleled racing history that dates all the way back to the 60’s.

The ’59 Sadler Formula Junior Monoposto on display is an original and authentic version of the car that Bill Sadler created way back when race cars looked like capsules. This particular car even comes with all the race documents, photos, and logbooks it has accumulated throughout its racing history.

The car has also been restored perfectly without a sign of wear and tear other less fortunate models have become subjected to. This Sadler still comes with the same Sprite 1098 engine with Corrilo rods that it had back in 1959. Built by Prather Racing, the particular engine was built to give the Sadler the legs to take on all other race cars back then. In addition to the engine, the car also still has a 4-speed close ratio Sprite transmission, Venolla pistons, 516 Isky push rods, and camshaft Comptune 253/250. Meanwhile, the car’s sleek and slender body consists of fine grades of both aluminum and fiberglass, making it as light as a feather compared to the other race cars of its generation.

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1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon @ Russo and Steele

1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon @ Russo and Steele

Over 50 years after it hit the streets of America, this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon looks like it just rolled out of the plant two weeks ago. That’s what happens when people go to great lengths in preserving priceless vehicles like this one. Not only do they look better than most cars out on the streets these days, but the ride is equally – if not better – than its contemporaries.

This ’55 Nomad has been around for half a century yet is still considered by many as one of the finely restored Nomads in existence. Even before it was restored, the car was deemed as spotless: no scratches, no benders, and no rust. Such was the care for this car that only a few reproduction items were ever used on it, meaning that most of its parts – including the original 265ci V8 and power glide transmission – remain intact and, better yet, fully operational. The car’s underside remains coated with the same brown/red oxide primer it has had since 1955 with no undercoating and the rear cargo area still has its original linoleum – which if you know your cars, has been obsolete for the longest time.

One of the few things done to this car was repainting it with its original Gypsy Red and Polo White colors, and even after doing so, you’d be remiss to think that it actually had a paint job. This Nomad is as near to flawless as any other restored car you can ever find in the world today.

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1938 Derby Bentley 4 1/4 Coachwork by Van den Plas @ Russo and Steele

1938 Derby Bentley 4 1/4 Coachwork by Van den Plas @ Russo and Steele

The origin of Bentley goes back to just after the armistice that followed after the Great War of 1919. The man behind the machine, W.O. Bentley, had a vision of creating sport-touring vehicles for competition in a number of European racing circuits. After a hamming out all the details of his new company W.O. Bentley officially introduced Bentley Motors Ltd. in 1919. For the next 12 years, Bentleys dominated the racing scene in Europe , winning a number of prestigious races with the most memorable coming in 1929, when Bentley completely dominated the LeMans, finishing in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the race.

After more than a decade of unparalleled racing success, Bentley shifted their focus on producing passenger cars and in 1931, the company – together with the consultancy of its founder, W.O. Bentley – sold their rights to Rolls-Royce, marking a turning point in both company’s history.

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Race Car @ Russo and Steele

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Race Car @ Russo and Steele

The history of American sports car racing has seen its fair share of world-class vehicles and those also-rans that failed to live up to any sort of expectations. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am Race car is one of those that has not only lived up to the hype, but has far exceeded it.

Judging from the documents surrounding this particular ’69 Z28 Camaro, which includes HMSA and SCCA log books, the car’s racing resume shows that this was one of the fastest, most developed first generation racing Camaros to race in America. The lofty tag placed on the car is indicative of the sheer dominance it exhibited in the American racing scene back then.

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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinnin Farina Series II Cabriolet @ Russo and Steele

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinnin Farina Series II Cabriolet @ Russo and Steele

Classy and sophisticated maybe the two best words to describe this 1960 Ferrari 250GT Series II Cabriolet. Almost 50 years after it was rolled out of the production line, the car looks like it’s barely lost its luster.

Despite having had a number of restorations throughout the years, the Ferrari 250GT Series II still commands the attention as soon as it shows up in any place. The car’s chrome bumpers and the Borannis on the exterior remain in optimum condition, a testament to the quality and painstaking dedication in ensuring the car stands the test of time. Likewise, the car’s interior, including the fully-restored Nardi steering wheel, remains a symbol of the class and elegance of the 1960’s. The Ferrari’s astute appearance has made it a favorite among vintage car shows all over the world, having appeared most recently at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.

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1959 BMW 503 @ Russo and Steele

1959 BMW 503 @ Russo and Steele

In terms of history, very few car manufacturers can claim to have a more colorful history than that of BMW. Starting off as an aircraft company during the First World War, BMW has evolved into one of the most popular and magnificent car manufacturers in the world.

While the German car manufacturer has rolled out some of the most memorable vehicles in automotive history, there are still those models that are head and shoulders above the pack. One of this is the 1959 BMW 503, a car that has become a staple among all car enthusiasts all over the world.

The 1959 BMW 503 on exhibit is a testament to the impeccable restoration efforts done on the car. The car was released back in 1959 after being modeled after the chassis of the BMW 501/502 series. Taking elements from both cars – including a 3.2-liter V-8 engine and the Type 502 sedan box-and tubular-section chassis – the BMW 503 quickly became regarded as BMW’s first postwar sporting car.

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1967 Pontiac GTO @ Russo and Steele

1967 Pontiac GTO @ Russo and Steele

If there is one car that has to be considered as the Godfather of American muscle cars, no vehicle can make a better case than the 1967 Pontiac GTO.

Conceptualized by the dynamic trio of Russell Gee, Bill Collins and John De Lorean, the GTO rose into prominence for creating a car that paved the way for future muscle cars to grow somewhat of a cult following among the speed-induced, thrill-seeking youth market of the 70’s. While the car is universally lauded these days as a true American icon, it actually was developed in the mold of a Pontiac Tempest, the difference being the GTO – which incidentally was named by De Lorean as a tribute to the Ferrari 250 GTO – included a 389 CID (6.5L) Pontiac V8 engine, as opposed to the 326 CID (5.3L) standard Tempest V8. Despite drawing criticism for the use of the ‘GTO’ tag, which in Italian stands for, Gran Turismo Omologato, Pontiac went ahead and put the car in its production line with modest expectations. Suffice to say, Pontiac had no idea the car would hit over to the market so much that it has since become a classic masterpiece, and a cultural icon to boot.

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1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda @ Russo Steal

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda @ Russo Steal

Over the course of the American automotive history, few cars have captured the hearts and minds of American car fanatics as much as the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. The cars are so rare that only 100 of these models were ever released – seven of them being convertibles – and up to this day, still remains the most expensive muscle car money can buy.

While the car doesn’t distinguish itself much in terms of build quality – it bears a striking resemblance to any mass-produced Plymouth – the Hemi Cuda’s mythical status as one of America’s most sought-after vehicles lies on what’s under its hood.

From 1966 to 1071, Dodge brought in their fabled Hemi engines and put it under the hood of the Barracuda. The result was a car for all ages.

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Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions have announced that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from March 27-29 will be the host of the 2008 auction. The company will feature more than 150 highly collectible European sports, American muscle, hot rods and customs at Russo and Steele Florida.

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Russo And Steele Monterey auction results: Keep your Countach!

Russo And Steele Monterey auction results: Keep your Countach!

With all the events taking place in Monterey, California every August, the Russo and Steele event is a must go. It is much smaller than the Scottsdale auction but it is certaintly Monterey styled for the VIPs. Nonetheless, there were over 150 cars running over the auction block for a combined total of over $10 million in sales.

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