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.
The Revs Institute Newsletter
We are not alone when we declare ourselves fans of the Revs Institute for Automotive Research. The good they are doing for the classic car hobby, through their archiving of automotive history for current and future scholars and connoisseurs, cannot be overstated. The Collier Collection consists of "the finest vintage automobiles, and an ever-expanding library of rare books, photographs, documents and ephemera which uniquely catalogues the evolution of automobile design and the industry's influence on modern culture".
In perfect alignment with their philosophy of sharing, they are offering a bit of history and beauty in their current series of Salon newsletters. The most recent, a story by John Lamm on the three Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantics, two of which we have had the honor to restore in our workshop, only makes us want more.
Good Work in Rwanda
Richard Barnes, a long time employee in our upholstery department, recently returned from a very special trip to Rwanda. Over a ten day period he, along with his daughter and a handful of others, participated in an outreach program affiliated with the African New Life Church.
Though the group was small the results were not. With most paying for the trip out of their own funds, the money they raised went towards supporting the people of Rwanda. The team was able to supply food for 18 families for a month, deliver donated clothes and medical supplies (as well as a few soccer balls), help fund a women's skill center and day care, and sponsor three children to go to school for a year. Richard remains committed to buying three sewing machines for the next class of graduates, so they can make money to sustain themselves. He is also ensuring that a very grateful 14 year old girl - named Grace - has the chance to further her education.
If you would like to offer your thanks and support for Richard's efforts, please contact him via .
Join Our Team
Do you have fundamental skills to build on, and a passion for classic European cars? Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply today. Please go to Our Workshop for the complete job listings and job benefits, and our required on-line application form (sorry, walk-in candidates cannot be accommodated).
Current full-time positions available are:
- Mechanical Restoration Technician
Best of Shows
23 of our clients' cars have won 44 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.
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Cavallino Classic celebrates 25 years
The Cavallino Classic 2016 celebrated its 25th gathering of Ferrari owners, enthusiasts, and spectacular cars. One of the highlights of this years event was a special display consisting of Best of Show winners from the prior Classics. We were very pleased that the current car owners of four of our previous winners brought their cars to sunny Florida: 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa (Scuderia Cup, 2014); 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy Berlinetta (Gran Turismo Cup, 2012); 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/ 195 S Berlinetta Le Mans (Scuderia Cup, 2008); 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta (Scuderia Cup, 2007 & 1999). Then on Classic Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, the lovely 1950 Berlinetta Le Mans was awarded First in Class.
At the request of the organizers, Paul Russell did a presentation during the Thursday Symposium. There has been a great deal of interest in the 'barn-find' 1961 250 GT SWB California Spyder, one of the cars from the Baillion Collection. This was a wonderful opportunity to have a discussion about the points to consider when deciding whether a car is a preservation project, or a seemingly original car with a great patina that, upon closer inspection and further research, deserves to be returned to its original condition. Our thanks to George Carrick and Keith Bluemel for their contributions to the discussion and to Keith for sharing photos from the seminar.