18 Jul Thomas Scott Collection of Classic American Automobiles to be On Offer at No Reserve at Russo and Steele’s 2015 Monterey Collector Automobile Auction Event

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Scottsdale, Arizona (July 18th, 2015) – Thomas Scott is an accountant and entrepreneur from Athens, Georgia who has had a love for all things automotive for as long as he can remember. He possesses a lifetime of passion for buying, selling and working on classic American cars.

“I started out with the muscle cars — the Mopars, the Cobra Jet Mustang, the Chevelle,” Scott says. “Those are cars that everybody recognizes — they’re widely popular and very tradeable.” However, as Scott’s automotive atmosphere began to expand, he discovered a gem that would soon become his primary marque. “I came across a very original Buick Riviera as part of another extensive collection”, Scott recalls. “I realized how incredibly cool and different they were for their time and on top of that, they’re very streetable, easy to drive and easy to enjoy. Rivieras are truly wonderful machines”.

What started with one very original 1964 Riviera for Scott, turned into a quest to collect at least one example of each body style from the classic Riviera era. The cars have clearly benefited from long-term enthusiast ownership — he bought nearly all of them from Riviera Owners Association members.

“Every car in my collection has been its own incredible ownership experience,” Scott remembers. “It’s been wonderful to take them to car shows and show them off, but I have also enjoyed owning and using these cars. I’m certain that their next lucky caretakers will continue to love and cherish these very special automobiles just as I have.”

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions shares in and celebrates this type of passion at our core. From the concours field to the road rallies, from vintage racing to car clubs, it is at the center of our “For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts” mantra.

With this passion in mind, we are proud to offer at NO RESERVE the exceptional automobiles of The Thomas Scott Collection:

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NO RESERVE Lot # 4007 1965 Buick Riviera GS Coupe
Clad in very attractive Bamboo Cream (paint code Y) over black interior, this highly restored 1965 Buick Riviera GS features a 425 cubic inch “Nailhead” V8 with dual quads, an automatic transmission and a 3.42 limited slip rear end. It is a very well optioned example with power steering, power brakes and power windows. Chrome, bumpers, trim, glass, rubbers, etc. are nice and the undercarriage is also very good. Most of the trim is either new or restored; correct wheels with newer whitewalls. The interior shows well with excellent seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, dash and center console. Wood veneers in door panels and center console are very nice.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4009 1966 Buick Riviera GS
Attractive in any color, this numbers-matching 1966 Buick Riviera GS is finished in Riviera Gold Poly (paint code G) over black interior — one of the best combinations available. The car was repainted to a nice standard around 10 years ago and features good original bumpers, trim and chrome, good gaps and no dents or rust. Hideaway headlights work properly. Interior shows well and is mostly original. Under the hood is the original numbers-matching 425 cubic inch Nailhead “Wildcat” V8 mated to a three speed automatic transmission. Inside comes handsomely equipped with cold A/C, AM/FM radio, rear defogger, tilt, seat belts, power brakes, power steering, power seat and power windows.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4008 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396/375 Coupe
This 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible is a nicely restored example with a four-speed manual transmission, power steering and power brakes. Trim tag with series 13867 indicates this car is a true factory SS 396. Clad in Regal Red (paint code R2) over black interior, it’s a classic combination that never fails to turn heads. Paint quality is excellent; the car is also nicely detailed underneath and in the engine compartment. 15-inch radials. Interior appointments include bucket seats and a center console. Under the hood is a date-correct 325 HP 396 cubic inch V8 with an Edelbrock intake and a Holley carb, mated to a four-speed manual. This automobile is simply exceptional and ready to show and go.

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NO RESERVE Lot # 4016 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
This 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a factory R-Code car (428 Cobra Jet with Ram Air shaker hood) that has been restored to the highest standard. Paint is concours quality and simply stunning in Acapulco Blue. Correct materials were used inside and out; the car is very nicely detailed underneath and in the engine compartment, with all hang tags, labels, starting instructions, etc. This is a highly optioned example from the factory with a C-6 automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, tinted glass, rear deck spoiler, rear window louver, tachometer, AM/8-track radio, rim-blow steering wheel, deluxe seat belts, deluxe interior group and convenience check group. A photo book documents every aspect of the restoration, and also highlights serial numbers and part numbers of every major component as well as the original build sheet is included in the restoration documents. The engine is the original numbers-matching mill and all other major components are either original or date-code correct. As close to flawless as you will find, this R-Code Mach 1 represents a fine acquisition for the discerning collector.

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NO RESERVE Lot # 4014 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 RT Convertible
Clad in Scorch Red, this 1969 Dodge Coronet 440 RT Convertible is very highly optioned and retains its original numbers-matching 375 HP 440 cubic-inch big block V8. Options include body sill and belt moldings, rare quarter air scoops, fender-mounted turn signal indicators, power steering, power brakes, very rare power windows, power top, three-speed wipers and bucket seats with arm rests. A heavy duty TorqueFlite 727 handles the big block power easily. This is a well-executed automobile inside and out with an eye for detail and correctness, down to the red line Coker Classic bias play tires on 14-inch rally wheels. It beautifully presents a very rare example from the classic muscle car era that would be a welcome addition to any collection.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4017 1973 Buick Riviera GS Stage 1 Coupe
One of 728 GS Stage 1 Rivieras built and one of only 60 finished in Regal Black, this example saw a recent frame-up restoration (with records) including paint, body, interior and both an engine and transmission rebuild. The paint shows well, side door trim and door handles have been re-chromed, bumper finish is good. The glass is excellent with new windshield and rear window as well as new 15-inch whitewall radials. The interior has been restored to a high standard; seats, door panels, headliner, carpet and dash are excellent. This example come highly optioned with tilt wheel, front and rear seat belts, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, rear defogger and cold A/C with new components. The engine was rebuilt 1,000 miles ago with a mild cam, so performance is a better than with a stock Stage 1. New exhaust is slightly louder than stock, but not obnoxious. The air cleaner lid is unrestored as a nod toward originality and the rest of the engine compartment is nicely detailed.

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NO RESERVE Lot # 4015 1970 Buick Riviera GS Coupe
This numbers-matching 1970 Buick Riviera is a very original car with only 33,700 documented original miles. It comes wrapped in Paint code 61 (Sandpiper Beige), with trim code 699. It demonstrates its excellent original vinyl roof with no signs of rust underneath. The original chrome and trim shows well and in keeping with the low mileage. It rides on nearly new BFG wide whitewalls on factory wheels. Its original interior shows excellent, optioned with cold A/C, AM/FM radio, rear defogger, tilt wheel, front seat belts, power windows, power steering, power brakes and power driver’s seat. The original numbers-matching 455 cubic inch V8 is mated to a three-speed auto with one of the coolest shifters ever put in a Buick. Running and driving great, the drivetrain is stock except for newer exhaust which sounds a little louder than factory. Owner’s manual and protect-o-plate is included, along with spare and jack in the trunk.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4013 1969 Buick Riviera GS
This numbers matching 1969 Buick Riviera GS is a very original car with fewer than 50,000 believed to be actual miles. One recent repaint was done to a high standard and shows as good as factory in paint code 75 (Embassy Gold Poly) and trim code 669. Chrome and trim are in good to excellent condition. Inside it features cold A/C, AM radio, tilt, front seat belts, power brakes, power seat, power windows and power steering. The engine compartment is original and tidy with its original numbers-matching 430 cubic inch V8; four-barrel carb with newer exhaust riding on 15-inch Firestone radials. The owner’s manual, spare and jack are also included in the sale.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4012 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix
This 1969 Grand Prix Model J has fewer than 30,000 believed-to-be original miles and is in outstanding condition inside and out. Brown is back in style, and this car looks great in Expresso Brown metallic with tan interior. Paint quality is excellent; panels are very straight with good gaps. Glass, rubbers, bumpers, trim, lenses, etc. are all very good and the vinyl top is perfect. PMD rally wheels look great. The recessed door handles are a nice stylistic touch — and Pontiac was particularly proud of the car’s hidden antenna (one of the first production cars with that feature). The interior shows beautifully; door panels, seat upholstery, carpet, dash, console, and headliner are in excellent shape. Gauges are clear and working. This vehicle is correct in every way, down to the original Delco AM/FM stereo. Original window sticker included. Under the hood is a 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. The engine bay is nicely detailed and all mechanical systems are functioning normally. The factory a/c has been converted to R-134a. The car starts, runs and drives as new and steers and stops perfectly with power steering and power brakes.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4011 1967 Buick Skylark GS 400 Convertible
This very nicely restored numbers-matching 1967 Buick GS400 convertible is correct to the window sticker and trim tag in every detail, from the Gold Mist metallic paint to the Firestone redline bias-ply tires on beautiful 14-inch Buick rally wheels. Paint is concours quality and shows as better than factory. All panels are straight with good gaps, and bumpers, trim, glass and rubbers are excellent. The convertible top is like new. The interior shows well with seats, door panels, dash and carpet all in very nice condition. Gauges are clear and working. This car features rare factory a/c which has been converted to R-134a. The original AM/FM radio, power steering and power brakes also remain. The original, numbers-matching Buick 400 cubic inch V8 was rebuilt 12,000 miles ago along with the transmission. The engine compartment is nicely detailed and, like the rest of the car, maintains a correct and unmolested appearance. Also included are restoration and service records dating back to the 1990s.


NO RESERVE Lot # 4006 1964 Buick Riviera
This numbers-matching 1964 Buick Riviera has undergone a three-year full restoration (including engine rebuild), with only around 5,000 miles since the restoration and shows and drives as new. This is a highly optioned example with A/C (working), AM/FM radio, power antenna, cruise control, tilt wheel, front seat belts, power brakes, power steering, power windows (including power vent windows), and remote trunk release. Clad in Wedgewood Blue, paint quality is better than factory. Most chrome has been redone including bumpers, door handles and turn signal housings. Vinyl top is excellent. Under the hood is the original numbers-matching “Wildcat” Nailhead V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission. Complete photo-documented restoration included engine rebuild around eight years and 5,000 miles ago. Recent carb, A/C, brake and transmission service have been completed. This is a lovely car that would make a welcome addition to any collection. Includes the owner’s manual, protect-o-plate, old registrations, framed Riviera advertisements, service notebook, etc.

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NO RESERVE Lot # 4010 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 RT Convertible
This fully restored 440 Magnum Coronet R/T Convertible comes finished with silver metallic exterior paint and the premium black vinyl interior. The car is well equipped with power steering, power brakes, a power operated top and a center console with a factory tach. Uniroyal redline radials on 15-inch rally wheels. The engine is the date-code correct, believed to be original engine (Mopar did not begin stamping VINs on their engines until 1968, so for 1967 “date code correct” is as close to numbers-matching as you can get). A true muscle car in every respect, the Dodge Coronet is also beautifully presented and offers collectors a rare opportunity to purchase one of America’s most impressive thoroughbreds — in convertible form.

Witness the 12 cars from the Thomas Scott collection being offered at NO RESERVE and experience the refreshing Russo and Steele difference for yourself, as we continue to celebrate 15 years of the hottest nights in Monterey! Our Monterey ‘15 auction takes place August 13-14-15 on the waterfront near Fisherman’s Wharf in Beautiful Downtown Monterey. Auction previews run daily from 10:00 AM Wednesday August 12th through Saturday August 15th. Be sure to contact us for advance bidder registration and accommodations or to register your premium consignment today! For updated information regarding our Monterey ’15 auction and the exciting selection of featured collector automobiles we are busy assembling, visit our all new official website at www.russoandsteele.com. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images, or more advance information, please contact Darin Roberge at darin@russoandsteele.com.

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