I had planned to hit three auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona today, the 21st of January, 2010, but I didn’t really have a clue what a crazy day it would be. Sure, the weather forecast for the next few days was rain, mud, and even more rain, so I didn’t expect anything other than to check out some cool cars and get wet. Would you believe a tornado?
I hit the RM Auction at the Biltmore first. This is normally targeted to those interested in Art Deco classics of the 1930s and pedigreed exotics and race cars, but they always have a few musclecars in the mix to keep things interesting (not to suggest that a Chrysler Thunderbolt by LeBaron is not interesting enough on its own, mind you!). While they had a 1971 Hemi’Cuda convertible a few years ago—about as good as it gets in the hobby—the musclecar pickings were slim this year, with a 1963 Ford lightweight and a Silver Jade 1969 Shelby GT-500 being the sole examples of the era. If that sounds disappointing, I’m sure the 1959 DeSoto Adventurer convertible (1 of 97), 1960 Pontiac Bonneville with Tri-Power, and numerous Shelby Cobras would help bring a smile to your jaded face.
Next was the Russo and Steele auction in the northern part of Scottsdale. Plenty of musclecars there for the enthusiast, including a fine variety to press your buttons. To wit:
- 1971 ‘Cuda 440-6 convertible, formerly of the Otis Chandler Collection
- Two extremely rare Max Wedge Mopar convertibles, a 1962 Plymouth Sport Fury and a 1963 Polara 500
- 1972 Olds 4-4-2 W-30—1 of 19 based on the Cutlass S post coupe
- 1970 Chevelle SS396 convertible with the L78 375-hp motor
- 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 that originally was a promotional show car with special pearl interior
- One of 6 Chrysler 300-Fs built with a 4-speed in 1960
- 1966 Mustang “T-5” coupe from Germany with the K-code 289
- 1970 Boss 429 Mustang in Pastel Blue—1 of 18 in that color
- 1969 Cougar with a Cobra Jet and the Drag Pack with 4.30 gears, which makes it a Super CJ
- A funky purple 1974 AMC Javelin AMX
- . . . and the usual smattering of GTOs, although there only was one authentic Judge
I had planned to profile the sale of Dennis and Laura Kerry’s 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T with the 426 Hemi, but their car never went up on the stage. The tornado didn’t touch down anywhere nearby, but the rapid rain combined with strong winds uprooted some of the tents and ended up on the Highway 101 loop. Other parts ended up on top of cars or just flapping precariously in the wind. Basically, buyers, sellers, spectators and vendors were evacuated, and I really have no idea exactly what the final verdict will be. I suspect Russo and Steele is finished for the week.
But what about Barrett-Jackson? I didn’t make it there, but I heard they had their own issues with the weather . . . but the show went on. Tomorrow, hopefully, the show will continue so I can give you a report what’s going on over there.
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