The high-energy Russo and Steele collector car auction launches its 17th annual Monterey sale Thursday with more than 200 cars crossing the block over three days in “what is undisputedly the most action-packed event anywhere on the Peninsula,” according to a company news release.
That’s hard to dispute for anyone who has witnessed a Russo and Steele auction. Held in a “theater-in-the-round” format, the action centers on auction chief Drew Alcazar, who sometimes resembles a whirling dervish as he shouts out such auction mantras as “The Reserve is OFF!”
The auction is held at a prime location adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown Monterey, sprawling across the parking lots of the tourist venue. The auction arena, and it really is an arena, is housed in a huge tent structure.
As customary with Russo and Steele, the sale focuses on European sports cars and American muscle cars and customs. But just about everything feels right in this venue, including the late-model exotics seen more and more at most collector car auctions. Chief among those are several high-performance Ferraris and a Ford GT painted in the classic blue-and-orange Gulf racing colors.
Wandering around among the auction cars, I picked out a few favorites. Here they are: