Paul Russell and Company offers restoration, preservation, maintenance, and sales and brokerage services on pre-war through 1960s Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, and other fine European collectibles.

Ferrari 335 Sport wins the Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award

February 2020

The rare combination of power, beauty and history that defines the 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport has been recognized with the Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award. This award is “an accolade presented to the world’s most exceptional classic car.” It is chosen from an elite group of Best of Show winners from eight of the world’s major concours events. The task of choosing a winner falls to an equally elite panel of judges. Of the eight finalists, two were Paul Russell and Company restorations. Also vying for the top honor was the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier. A car that we restored sixteen years ago!

Accepting the award at the Paris gala was the owner, noted collector and friend of the shop Andreas Mohringer and his wife Friederike. We have been very fortunate to have worked with Andreas over the years on a number of exceptional projects. His commitment to preserving this, and many other, historically significant automobiles make him an especially worthy recipient.

The 335 Sport won Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic to become eligible for the honor. As a testament to its quality, the 335 Sport was also nominated last year after winning Best of Show at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. A Best in Class win at its 2017 Pebble Beach debut round out a very gratifying stretch for this very special Ferrari.

We are extremely proud to acknowledge that this is our third “Best of the Best” award. The magnificent 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier, which we restored in 2006, won the award in 2011 after winning the Concours d’Elegance of America. It was nominated for Best of the Best again this year after winning Best of Show at Amelia Island. While the perfectly proportioned 1956 Ferrari 166MM/195S Berlinetta Le Mans won the award for 2008 after winning Best of Show at Villa d’Este.

These awards are wonderful to receive, and thanks goes to a long list of talented craftsman and exceptional owners like Mr. Mohringer who make it possible for us to present our very best work.

Best of Shows

23 of our clients' cars have won 48 Best of Show honors since we first started attending Concours d'Elegance events in 1987. For more on these and other award winning projects, visit Our Portfolio.

Vehicle Storage at Essex Falls Coach House

Paul Russell and Company is proud to announce the completion of a new aspect of their commitment to the preservation of fine automobiles: the conversion of a 9,600 sq. ft. warehouse space into a secure, heated, discreet, car and motorcycle storage facility, operating as Essex Falls Coach House.

Conceived as a dedicated storage facility, incorporating state-of-the-art lighting and flooring, plus fire, burglary and video surveillance, there will be no service work performed within the Coach House and minimal car movement.

Essex Falls Coach House is offers multi-car, long-term storage incentives. Short term contracts are also available. To reserve space, email or phone 978-890-7083.

Classic Cars for Sale

Whatever the level of your interest in collecting classic cars, the selection of a suitable car will have a major impact on your ultimate satisfaction. We are always available for consultation, to review a car you have found, or to locate the car of your dreams. Learn more about cars available and about our services at Classics For Sale.

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A Gorgeous Week of Gorgeous Cars

August 2019

The 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was full of delights. The Thursday Tour d'Elegance was a day full of great driving with enthusiast crowds lining the roads. Friday afternoon's Forum entitled "A Bright Future for the Past: A Conversation with Tomorrow's Restorers", with Paul Russell, Dave Kinney and McPherson College automotive restoration students, was just one of the many excellent Forums added to the busy Monterey Week schedule. Saturday was a day for meeting vendors and prepping cars for Sunday's Concours d'Elegance.

One of the cars we supported was a very rare 1968 Howmet TX Coupe, a deafening turbine-engined LeMans race car. We had invited a retired Pratt & Whitney turbine engineer / Porsche race car mechanic to the shop for a "do no harm' recommission. It was deemed too wild to participate in the Tour, but the Concours crowds appreciated seeing and hearing it in action as it was driven up the ramp to receive the Chairman's Trophy.

A client’s 1939 Bugatti T57C Gangloff Stelvio was restored over 3 decades ago in California. We gave it a service and freshening spa treatment, and it was recognized with a Third in Class K-1: Bugatti Type 57s.

The oh-so-elegant 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop Cabriolet was the winner of the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Award. This recent restoration placed First in Class J-1: European Classic Open, and ultimately was named one of four Best of Show Nominees.

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“[Paul Russell and Company] is a wondrous place that turns old cars into brand new cars. Inside, it feels like equal parts modern hospital, university library and automotive museum. What it does not feel like is a garage. … The world's most desirable cars are being worked upon — from bare body shells and bare chassis to completed masterpieces returned for tweaking.”

David E. Davis, Jr., "Rebuilt to Last", Forbes FYI