My Tuesday tour of various Arizona Auction venues included some time in Scottsdale at Russo and Steele, where four huge tents cover several hundred vehicles to be paraded across the block starting at noon today.
Here are eight I’d be eager to take home:
1966 Austin Healey 3000 MK III
My buddy Bob Golfen has been trying to convince me that I need a British sports car. This Austin (Lot 2133), especially with its 150-horsepower 3.0-liter inline six, has me tempted.
1929 Chrysler Model 70
You may recall that I spent a weekend last summer driving a friend’s 1929 Ford Model A. Ask my grandchildren, we had a blast in that car. So why not get something like this even rarer 1926 Chrysler Model 70 (Lot 2481), which was owned by the same family in Liberal, Kansas, until 2000?
1954 Buick Skylark convertible
The window card in this car (Lot 2070) said it was one of only 836 produced, originally was green, has been garaged always, and that its 322-cubic-inch Nailhead V8 was rebuilt in 2009. Whatever, it just looks like a wonderful way to go cruisin’.
1957 Pontiac Safari 3x2 station wagon
You can have your Nomad, I’ll take this Safari (Lot 2067), in Lucerne Blue and Kenya Ivory with a 347-cid “Strato-Streak” V8 and Tri-Power induction. Only 1,282 were produced in this body style in ’57.
1949 Packard Deluxe Club coupe
I’ve always been attracted to Packards. A few years ago, I found out why when my mother mentioned that my dad had owned two of them — a new one he bought in the 1930s when he was single and a used one they bought as their first car after they were married and I was born. This one (Lot 2606) reportedly has been driven only 42,000 miles since new.
1949 Cadillac Series 61 fastback
Earlier in the week, I was surprised when a 1949 Coupe de Ville caught my eye at Barrett-Jackson. Now I find myself doing laps around another ’49 Caddy, this one (Lot 2629) is a Sedanette fastback. I need to figure out what it is about me and ’49 Caddys.
1963 Ford Falcon Futura
I’m not quite sure what I like about early Ford Falcons. Perhaps it’s the very compact body. Maybe it’s the fact that the original Mustang was built on the Falcon’s chassis. Whatever, the Futura was the top-of-the-line for Ford’s original compact sedan. Russo and Steele expects this one (Lot 2166), equipped with a 170-cid straight six, to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Try buying a vintage Mustang for that money.
1954 Chevrolet 310 pickup
Two-tone in cream and tan, with a brown interior and a wood-lined and stainless-trimmed pickup bed, this truck (Lot 2561) looks great.
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.