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.

Get Out and Drive

May 2019

Much is made of the Concours awards and accolades our great and historic restored cars receive - and deservedly so. Yet all dimensions of car collecting are important and rewarding. The driving experience adds so much to round out an owners understanding of and appreciation for their classic. While an actual vintage track event may be beyond an owner's interest, there are a growing number of days-long road rallies being hosted both here and abroad. Local tours are being added on the traditional show field events, and other enthusiasts are organizing caravans leading up to an event.

The sound track, the smells, and even the dynamic image of the car is so different than the view on the lawn. There is great satisfaction in driving a good performing car while leading, or following, a companion classic along winding country roads. McKeel Hagerty from Hagerty Insurance recently hosted an event through some fondly-remembered driving roads of central California, inviting a wide-ranging mix of both concours and unrestored classics. The fall is the time for the perennial favorite Colorado Grand, with the New England 1000 and the 300SL Classic following close on its heels. Tours can be day long or week long, hosted by car clubs or private organizations, limited to a particular marque or era, or wide-open to all.

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.

Current Job Openings

Join our Team

Do you have fundamental automotive restoration skills, and a passion for classic European cars? Visit Our Workshop for complete job descriptions and workplace benefits, then complete the simple on-line application form. (Sorry, walk-in candidates cannot be accommodated.)

Full-time positions currently available:

  • Automotive Metal Shaper
    The ideal candidate has notable experience working with pre-WW II through 1960s vehicles, specifically European marques...
  • Auto Body Technician/Painter
    We are looking for an "all around" Auto Body Technician with a broad range of body restoration skills...
  • Auto Restoration Mechanic
    Our technicians work closely with all other departments during disassembly, reassembly, and component rebuilding...

Ministering to the car collector scene across Florida

March 2019

The week began a day late, as Paul and senior technician Chris Hammond dealt with a winter weather flight delay. Arriving at the Revs Institute on Sunday evening, they just managed to get set-up for their presentations in the "Preserving the Future of the Past" program, discussing the processes and challenges encountered in the re-restoration of Miles Collier's historic 1951 Porsche 356SL in two modules and serving on a discussion panel in another.

After three thought provoking days at the 10th Biennial "Meaningful Car Symposium", Thursday began early, driving across Florida, and performing a pre-purchase inspection on behalf of a client along the way.

Friday morning was for meeting with the car transporters and the car owners, unloading the cars that had left our shop a few days earlier. This group included a historic Ferrari 250GT Interim Berlinetta, sent to our shop for service before Amelia and its return to the Simeone Museum for owner Luigi Chinetti Jr.

Also on the truck was the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, debuted in 2016, and the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, debuted in 1995. Both cars had been back at our shop for freshening and service work in anticipation of the Amelia Island Concours weekend.

Both Friday and Saturday occupied Sales manager Alex Finigan and protégé Evan Clary surveying the available auction cars and the state of the market, and reporting back to clients.

Show day Sunday, cars start lining up before dawn awaiting access to the show field. This year we had the generous help of some students from the Auto Restoration program at McPherson College to escort and help present cars to the judges on the field. Paul was already off to his Judge's Meeting.

On the day of the Concours, the Collier Museum proudly presented the freshly restored Porsche 356SL. The red Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (pictured, above) won an Amelia Award. Two of our 'mature' restorations were top award recipients: the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster (on the right), was presented with the Chopard Timeless Excellence Award, and the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier (on the left), which we debuted in 2006, won Best of Show.

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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