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Glamorous 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster Just Added to Strongest Monterey Auction Line-up in Russo and Steele History



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Scottsdale, Arizona (July 23, 2014) – Perfectly matching our thrilling, adrenaline-charged auction experience, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions is thrilled to announce the consignment of an outstanding 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster to our Monterey ’14 line-up. Early indications point to this year’s Monterey auction as the strongest in company history and this stellar 300 SL Roadster exemplifies the character and class we are bringing to the Monterey Peninsula.

One of the most collectible, historic, and instantly-recognizable sports cars ever conceived, this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is one of just 1,858 examples built in all from 1957 through 1963 and it is one of only 324 produced for 1958. Highly detailed, it is simply resplendent in rarely seen DB 396 Medium Blue over blue leather and continues to benefit handsomely from over 25 years of single ownership in California and a restoration completed in 2007, and documented in the 300 SL Registry.

While derived from the 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupe, itself based upon the first new post-war racing car built by Mercedes-Benz, the 300 SL Roadster was far more than a familial resemblance to its predecessors might suggest. Built around a revised and strengthened yet lightweight space-frame chassis, the 300 SL Roadster featured conventional-opening doors, a more pleasant ride and more forgiving handling characteristics, while retaining the sporting dynamics demanded by enthusiasts. A revised camshaft profile delivered additional power and performance, and the convertible top and associated mechanisms disappeared neatly beneath a hard cover when lowered. Coveted from new by the top names in the business, entertainment, political, and social spheres, the 300 SL Roadster continues to weave its magic today, routinely commanding bids over $1 million dollars in today’s sports-car market.

The standard by which sporting cars are still judged today, this 1958 300 SL Roadster, along with the 1956 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupe offered alongside it at this year’s Monterey auction, is an absolute “must have” for the true collector and driving enthusiast. Learn more about this incredible 300 SL Roadster and our many other outstanding feature consignments on our sale website and contact us to make advance bidder arrangements for this must-attend event. Get ready to join us from August 14th to the 16th to experience the refreshing Russo and Steele difference at what promises to be our strongest Monterey auction yet! For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information on the offering of this exceptional 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, please contact Darin Roberge at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
One of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by June at Newport Beach, August at Monterey, and September’s Las Vegas auction. For additional information, please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

Media Contact: Darin Roberge
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Gurney Eagle Indianapolis 500 Car Driven by Speedway Legend Roger McCluskey to Set the Pace at Russo and Steele’s Monterey ’14 Auction



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Scottsdale, Arizona (July 15, 2014) –In keeping with our tradition of attracting some of the finest and most historic competition cars to the Monterey Peninsula each year, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions announces the offering of the first Indianapolis Eagle (Chassis 40-1) built in 1968 by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers (AAR) for long-running team owner Lindsey Hopkins. Race-numbered ‘8’ and driven by legendary driver Roger McCluskey at the 1968 Indianapolis ‘500’ race, this Offy-powered Eagle qualified strongly in 7th and ran as high as 2nd before McCluskey was forced to retire from the race. Bobby Unser eventually won in a sister car, proving the dominant nature of Gurney’s Indy Eagles.

In addition to its use at Indianapolis, this Eagle/Offy is historic for its associations and as an early product of Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers, the first constructor in the United States to design and build winning Formula One, Indianapolis ‘500,’ and sports cars. Its driver in period, the late Roger McCluskey, remains legendary for his sheer versatility as well as his many victories and achievements prior to becoming President and CEO of USAC. Lindsey Hopkins, once Coca-Cola’s second-largest shareholder, remains one of America’s greatest sportsmen. In addition to often fielding two Indianapolis ‘500’ entries annually, he was a founding co-owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints franchise with John W. Mecom, Jr.

This car has been restored to original specification and livery by Walter Goodwin of RaceCar Restorations and it is eligible for numerous vintage-racing events. In addition to participating in vintage races at venues including the Michigan and Fontana 2-mile oval tracks and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, this Eagle/Offy was driven by none other than 1986 Indianapolis ‘500’ champion and racing-team owner Bobby Rahal at the 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Powered by a freshly rebuilt 2.65-liter (168 cubic inch) turbocharged Offenhauser engine developing 750 horsepower at a howling 8,500 RPMs, the Eagle is further equipped with a period-correct Hewland LG 500 MK I 4-speed transaxle.

Handsomely restored, proven at top vintage events, and steeped in racing history, this incredibly engaging “pre-wing” Eagle/Offy will provide an outstanding addition to any collection of the finest purpose-built racing cars. As such, it will continue to exemplify American racing as an essential early part of the Gurney/AAR lineage. For further supporting documents, high-resolution images, or more information on the offering of the 1968 All American Racers/Roger McCluskey ‘Number 8’ Eagle/Offy at Monterey ‘14, please contact Darin Roberge at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
One of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract discerning clients worldwide. In addition to our reputation for offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by June at Newport Beach, August at Monterey, and September’s Las Vegas auction. For additional information, please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

Media Contact:
Darin Roberge
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602-252-2697



Newport Beach Results Are In!



Summer is truly the season of cars, and Russo and Steele shares this excitement! We kicked off our summer festivities in Newport Beach, California at the beautiful Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, where we are proud to report over 4.1 million dollars in sales! The event also featured a wonderful charity gala benefiting Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the all cheerful camaraderie that a Russo and Steele event brings forth.

Some featured results include:


2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS $198,000

1939 Ford Woodie Wagon $110,000

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL $109,000

1970 Dodge Challenger TA $101,750

1970 Jaguar E-type $83,000


Didn't see the listing you are looking for? We are still closing out post-sale activities! Please check back, as new results will be posted daily!



Le Mans and Monza-Winning Lola Sports Racers Offered at No Reserve to Lead the Strongest Monterey Auction Line-up Ever Assembled By Russo and Steele


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Scottsdale, Arizona (July 07, 2014) – To committed enthusiasts, Monterey, California is the undisputed hub of the classic-car auction and vintage-racing worlds each year during mid-August. With our early line-up of vehicles already shaping up to beat all expectations as our strongest to date on the Monterey Peninsula, we are bringing the kind of race-bred excitement unavailable anywhere else with a pair of screaming Lola-Mazda T616 Group C sports racers from 1984 due to sell at NO RESERVE!

Developed from the Group C T600 marking Lola’s drive to regain international supremacy, the T616 of 1984 accomplished its singular purpose by winning the brutal 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most important endurance race. Brimming with advanced technologies including a carbon-fiber composite structure and cutting-edge aerodynamics, the T616 was selected by the Jim Busby/BF Goodrich racing team for the 1984 racing season. Power was supplied by Mazda's new 13B rotary racing engine developing over 300 horsepower. Following Daytona and Miami, the cars offered here, Chassis T616 H.U. -2 (Number 68), and Chassis T616 H.U. -3 (Number 67), went on to rewrite the history books.

Car number 68, (Chassis T616 H.U. -2), scored a class win and 10th overall at Le Mans. The other T616 offered here, Car 67 (Chassis T616 H.U. -3), won its class at the prior Monza 1,000-kilometer enduro and finished third in class and 12th overall at the 1984 Le Mans.

Some 20 years after their historic 1984 season, both of the "Twin Lolas" were restored by Jim Busby and Rick Knoop, both of whom co-drove the cars in period. Both are race-ready, offered with exceptional spares, and well-known to racing fans for their many classic entries including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Monterey Historics, appropriately held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Ready to go and steeped in racing history, the "Twin Lolas” now stand ready for you to share the glory!

Learn more about the victorious 1984 Lola T616 sports racers and our many other outstanding feature consignments on our sale website and contact us to make advance bidder arrangements for this must-attend event. Get ready to join us from August 14th to the 16th to experience the refreshing Russo and Steele difference at what promises to be our strongest Monterey auction yet! For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information, please contact Darin Roberge at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions
One of the nation’s premier collector-car auction houses, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions continues to set records and attract clients worldwide. In addition to offering stellar collector automobiles, our unique auction experience is simply unattainable anywhere else. Auctions include our signature event in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, followed by June at Newport Beach, August at Monterey, and September’s Las Vegas auction. For additional information, please visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

Media Contact:
Darin Roberge
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602-252-2697