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Russo and Steele Storm Damage: The Horror, The Horror…

Posted in Car Photography, Collector Cars, General, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | January 26th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

If you’re an auto enthusiast, I’ll warn you in advance that the following pictures (courtesy of Hemmings Auto Blogs) are graphic and powerful enough to make a strong man weep.

A major storm swept the Scottsdale Russo and Steele auction on Thursday, January 21, collapsing several tents that held cars to be auctioned. Insurance adjusters were onsite within 24 hours, and the damage is still being documented. The pictures below represent a fraction of the total damage, which (thankfully) resulted in only minor injuries to a single person.

1965 Ford Mustang
I’d make this out as a ’65 Mustang convertible. I hope the damage was limited to the hood.

1967 Ford Mustang
Another mid ‘60s Mustang, which didn’t fare as well as the first. Looks like damage to the roof, rear window, passenger door and right rear fender.

1967 Shelby Mustang
A Shelby GT 500, I think. Damage to the roof, rear window, and spoiler.

1967 El Camino
A late 60s El Camino (1968, I think). Crushed hood, crushed fenders, (sniff)…
Damn, I have a weak spot for pre 1970 El Caminos.

1964 Porsche 356 SC
Porsche (356, I think), proving that it wasn’t just American sheet metal that wound up on the losing end of collapsing tent frames.

1970 Plymouth Superbird
A 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Mr. Angry, you might want to sit down for this one. My condolences to you, sir.

1970 Plymouth Superbird
Same car, another angle.

1970 Dodge Challenger
A Plum Crazy Dodge Challenger, maybe a 1970. That will most definitely NOT buff right out.

General Lee Movie Stunt Car 2
Update: This was not just a General Lee replica, but stunt car #2 used in the production of the 2005 movie. Thanks to Russ for pointing this out.

More images of storm damaged cars can be found here: Hemmings Auto Blogs

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4 Responses

  1. Truly cringe worthy. But look at the bright side: All those pristine cars suddenly became project cars again! Just think of how happy the owners will be to restore them. Because really, a completed project is now where near as interesting as one that’s in process.

  2. Kurt says:

    Yeah, that’s one way to look at it. I wonder if I could get that El Camino “as is” for under $5k…

  3. Russ says:

    The General Lee was not a replica, it was an original TV stunt car, signed by the actors.

  4. Kurt says:

    Thanks for the correction, Russ. It was actually used as a stunt car (#2 to be exact) in the 2005 movie, so I’m not sure why it was signed byt the stars of the TV show.