Russo and Steele Celebrates Twenty Years — Offers Super Rare Lamborghini at Scottsdale Auction

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions returns home to Scottsdale Jan. 15–19 at the epicenter of Arizona Car Week at a new site, just south of the North 101 Freeway and Scottsdale Road.

Celebrating its 20th year, Russo and Steele will offer an ultra-rare 1985 Lamborghini Countach QV Downdraft at its 2020 Scottsdale auction.

Known as the most powerful Countach variant ever built, this particular model offers 455 bhp and was used as a factory press car and was the photo subject of the Downdraft brochure distributed at the 1985 Geneva Salon.

Fewer than one-third of all Countach models built were Downdraft variants and Russo Steele says that this model is without question the very best example of this variant to ever be presented at public auction anywhere.  It is 100 percent fully restored by California-based marque specialists at a cost of almost $300,000 to exact original specifications down to brand new Pirelli P7s and Ansa Sports Exhaust, which are all period-correct.  It even comes with original books and all tools complete.

Built in February 1985 in Iconic Bianco Polo Park with Rosso livery, this Countach Downdraft was the very first to be imported into the United States by Al Copeland, car enthusiast and multi-race winning offshore boat racer, and owner of Popeyes Chicken nationwide restaurants.  It was kept in Copeland’s New Orleans car museum for 15 years resulting in just 9,750 miles on the odometer.

“This is probably the most beautiful example of a Countach Downdraft you will see anywhere,” said Drew Alcazar, president and CEO of Russo and Steele.  “Even by today’s standards the car is quite powerful and even though it’s almost 35 years old, it’s design is time less and the stuff of supercar fantasy.”

Running Jan. 15–19, Russo and Steele will provide hundreds of top-quality collector cars for a variety of buyers at their new site in Scottsdale, just off the south side of the Loop 101 Freeway. Featuring the equivalent of five football fields of tents with easy access off the Scottsdale Road exit, acres of contiguous and close proximity parking will greet attendees along with valet parking directly at the main entrance.

For more information about Russo and Steele, visit www.russoandsteele.com or like them on Facebook and Instagram @RussoandSteele.

For more Arizona Car Week events, read: “49th Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction Rolls Into Town” on page 8.

Car Show Generates Excitement – Economic Boon

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Russo and Steele returns to Scottsdale

Following 16 consecutive years as a staple of Arizona’s legendary collector car week, Russo and Steele is moving to a new North Scottsdale home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (www.saltriverfields.com). The annual event returns to Scottsdale January 18-22 and bring their well-established “auction in the round” formula with five days and over 800 cars crossing the block.

russoandsteele3The Russo and Steele event features an exclusive, select and diverse grouping of automobiles. Bidder registration is $200 and includes admission for all five days of auction action for the bidder and one lucky guest.

The event, dubbed “most exciting collector automobile auction in the world” has an equally exciting effect on the local economy. A recent impact study completed by Applied Economics concluded that Russo and Steele attracts more than 36,000 non-local visitors and generates an economic impact of close to $51 million to the regional economy. Russo and Steele is one of the top three auctions in the United States and has earned a loyal following among the nation’s most critical buyers and sellers. The study further states that the week-long event has drawn 40,000 to 50,000 attendees in recent years, with an estimated 81 percent of those being visitors from outside russoandsteele2the area.

“We see people from all over the country at our event every year,” says Drew Alcazar, owner and founder of Russo and Steele. “Scottsdale is where we are based so I love knowing how much our event helps the local economy.”

For more information, visit www.russoandsteele.com or call 602.252.2697.

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