The Golden Era of American Automobiles Returns to Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction Thursday Night with the Offering of an Ultra Rare Collection of 1950’s Convertibles

By Auto News Log • August 11th, 2011

Many of the Automobiles Offered Here Are Part of Extremely Low Production Numbers and Some are Even One of the Remaining Few Left in Existance

Monterey, CA – 1957 to 1959 was considered the Golden Era for American made automobiles. The Dodge, De Soto and Chrysler models dominated the market with their powerful designs with soaring fins, advanced engineering and V-8 engines. These automobiles were longer, lower, and wider than previous models gaining rapid popularity that has endured decades.

The true source of these automobiles popularity came from the futuristic design that characterized the optimistic, Eisenhower future that Americans were moving toward. It was an age where America was looking toward the future with a rise in the world’s technology and an increase in leisure time.

Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction event is offering a collection of both reserve and no reserve, highly collectable, limited production, amazing condition convertibles all on Thursday night, August 18th, 2011. Examples of just a few of the automobiles from the collection are:

1957 Desoto Adventurer Convertible: VIN 0411937 – Only 300 were ever made.

1959 Chrysler Windsor Golden Lion Convertible (Offered without Reserve): VIN M511104933 – While only 961 were produced there are less than twenty left today.

1959 Desoto Firesweep Convertible (Offered without Reserve): VIN M412107901 – Only 596 Firesweep convertible were produced in 1959.

1959 Desoto Firedome Convertible: VIN M431110592 – Only 299 convertibles were produced in this final year and there may be as few as only 27 remaining.

1959 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible (Offered without Reserve): VIN M551105138 – Only 286 convertibles were built for 1959 and it is thought that less than twenty of these cars are left today.

1959 Desoto Adventurer Convertible: VIN M491100602 – Only 97 of these automobiles were made

1959 Chrysler 300E Convertible: VIN M591100010 – Finished in the rare radiant red only 140 of these automobiles were ever made and it is believed that only 21 of them still exist today.

1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500 Convertible: VIN LD212655 – 984 Custom Royal convertibles were ever produced and only 11 examples are known to exist. This example is one of very few that was equipped with the Super D-500 V8 engine.

To View More of the Automobiles Offered in this collection please visit the Russo and Steele Website.

The 11th Annual Sports and Muscle at the Marriott auction event August 18-20, 2011 continues to offer the highest quality, most luxurious and collectable European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles suitable to satisfy any automotive desires. Concurrent with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Historic Race weekend Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Monterey, CA. The three evening event will auction over 250 automobiles in its highly interactive, visceral ground level auction arena that provides cars with no separation from the buyers; known as the auction-in-the-round format and only found at Russo and Steele auction events.

About Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions

Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles is one of the nation’s premier collector car auctions; specializing in the world’s finest European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs. Its auctions each year attract clients all over the globe not only because of its reputation for stellar collector automobiles, but also unique auction experiences unattainable at any other collector car auction in the world. Its auction events take place with its signature auction in Scottsdale, Arizona every January, and Monterey, California in August. Additional information please visit or call 602.252.2697.


Stephanie Quinn

Source: Russo and Steele


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