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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Los Angeles Broadcasting Pioneer Art Astor was a man known for many things. A dedicated businessman, loving father and grandfather and first rate soldier, Art was also known for his incredible devotion to the automobile.
Russo and Steele is proud to present in Monterey, California the last remaining automobiles in Art Astor’s legendary collection. The Devotion Collection features the cars truly closest to Art’s heart. These fourteen remaining offerings are vehicles that Art felt so passionately about that he kept them the closest to him, through the end of his life and include prime examples of Pre and Post War American Classics, American Luxury Cars and European Sports Cars.
Apart from the engine changes, customers were sure to notice the new 1955 Fairlane, which replaced the Crestline as the top trim level, while a new Crown Victoria-style featured a chrome “basket handle” across the familiar “Victoria” hardtop roof, which originally appeared on the Mercury XM-800 concept car. The 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria was the top trim level for 1955 and included chrome window and “A” pillar moldings. It was easily recognized by the “tiara” roof trim. It was powered by a 272 cubic inch V8 that produced 162 horsepower. This well cared for example has recently been serviced and is reported to run smoothly and be a treat to drive. The unusual color brown paint sparkles and the chrome and other trim is in excellent condition. With a list price of $2202 it was considerably more expensive than the base Mainline series.