Russo and Steele Returns to Scottsdale for 20th Anniversary Car Auction January 15–19

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 10/2019
  • posted in: Newswire

A 20th anniversary and a homecoming: Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions celebrates both milestones as it returns to Scottsdale January 15 through 19, 2020.

Located just south of the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road, the 20-plus-acre site will offer clients and guests easy street access, ample parking, including valet service at the entrance, and five football-length white tents providing high visibility and weather protection.

In addition, the centralized location in north Scottsdale ensures proximity to all Arizona Car week events, which bring the world to the Valley each January.


“We are at the picture-perfect location for everything that has to do with Arizona Car Week,” says Drew Alcazar, president and CEO of Scottsdale-based Russo and Steele, which also holds annual auctions at Amelia Island, Florida, in March and August in Monterey, California.

“Our team has put together an incredible layout that gives sellers and buyers the best platform to experience an unforgettable year,” he adds. “I’ve never been more excited to have that microphone in my hand and feel the crowd’s energy from our unique ‘Auction in the Round’ format, which allows all of our guests to be close to the excitement that is a signature of Russo and Steele.”

Highlighting the January docket is a 1-of-1 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 454, consignment #5154. This “King of the Streets” represents the pinnacle of General Motors performance in the Muscle Car Era, at the time snatching GM’s top horsepower spot from the Corvette.


With a factory-advertised 450 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 500 ft-lbs of torque at 3600 rpm, the LS6 was also the highest-output Chevelle ever offered from the factory. Special-order Hugger Orange paint, on correct black vinyl interior, makes this the only LS6 so equipped.

The blacked-out grille is split horizontally and dominated by a large SS emblem in the center. Inside, an instrument panel unique to the SS models includes three large circular gauges for the tach, speedometer and clock, with smaller gauges flanking them.

The car as offered is well documented, with the correct block casting, #3963512, date code 4201970, and M22 Muncie “Rock Crusher” transmission, #3925661, date stamp POD23C. The 2018 Definitive Chevelle SS Guide 1964–1972 lists this car.


Built at the Arlington, Texas, plant, the landmark coupe also includes the correct GM 12-bolt rear axle with 4.10 differential, power steering, front power disc brakes, a Hurst shifter and hood pins. Vintage Air air-conditioning and a new radio have been added.

Also included in the sale is the dealer’s invoice, sales order, build sheet, Protect-o-Plate, service records from 1970–76 and restoration receipts.

Most cars at Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2020 will be offered at No Reserve, but consignors may designate their vehicle(s) as Reserve, Alcazar explains.


“We have been fortunate to enjoy an exciting journey these last 20 years and we cannot be more enthusiastic to celebrate our important milestone this coming January in Scottsdale,” he says. “We are local and family owned. Arizona is where Josephine and I have raised our family. Coming home for our 20th Anniversary just feels right.”

For more information about Russo and Steele, including consigning and tickets, visit, call (602) 252-2697 or like/follow the auction on Facebook and Instagram @RussoandSteele.