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.
26th Cavallino Classic
The Cavallino Classic is a three day celebration of all things Ferrari. This year we debuted the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, chassis n.2903GT.
The comprehensive restoration of this car was completed last August. At that time, the owner was more interested in driving the car than in showing it at a concours event. He took it home, and thoroughly enjoyed putting 600 miles on the odometer. The handsome black with tan Cal Spyder "looked like a Ferrari dressed in a tuxedo" at the Saturday Concorso d'Eleganza. Chassis 2903GT was awarded a Platinum as well as the Excellence Cup, for Outstanding Restoration Quality and Challenge.
One special note of pride for our company: the Cal Spyder project was completed by a team of younger restorers. This new generation of restoration technicians, who view their craft as a profession, are an important element in the preservation of classic cars.
Another component of our weekend was as support staff for the Birdcage Maserati T60/61, chassis n.2451, for the track and concours events. Raced by the Camoradi team at the 1960 Le Mans, this "Streamliner" was a wonderful addition to the Classic Sports Sunday field at Mar-a-Lago, where Maserati was the featured marque. When awards were announced that evening, the Birdcage was honored with the Finest Competition Cup and the Maserati Best in Class. In classic racing style, the rainy weather was not a deterrent as Paul Russell borrowed a friend's rain gear to drive the open sports car to and from the event.
Our thanks to Peter Singhof, who kindly shared his photos from the weekend.
Best of Shows
23 of our clients' cars have won 45 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.
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.
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).
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Delightful Distinctions in Monterey
This year we brought 3 cars to the extravaganza that is Monterey, covering a wide range of character and interest: a thoroughly researched and freshly restored 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible; the preserved, original, and fully functioning 1953 Ferrari 375MM Spyder; and an unrestored 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S. These cars represent the broad collector car hobby: clients focused on cars for authentic restoration as well as cars demanding thoughtful preservation.
The annual road tour on Thursday was abbreviated, due to the threat from neighboring wild fires. Even in its shortened form, William Swanson delighted in driving his Aston Martin DB5 around the Carmel peninsula - convertible top down, of course.
On Friday, The Quail held court. This was the first year that one of our clients participated, choosing to enter their “as recently raced” Ferrari 375MM Spyder. While the judging is not as technical as the Pebble Beach Concours, the opinions are well-informed and knowledgeable, as the awards are adjudicated by the owners of the cars at the event. Andreas Mohringer was taken aback when his unrestored race car was awarded Best of Show, attesting that the car collector community appreciates the preservation of such a rare and important piece of history.
Saturday the McPherson College of Automotive Restoration unveiled a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S. It is part of the long range strategic plan for the students to use the 300S restoration as a multi-disciplinary teaching tool, to be presented at the 2023 Pebble Beach Concours. Paul Russell, current Chair of the Advisory Board, believes it will give focus to the school's mission: to establish a true center of excellence for students who are serious about automotive restoration.
On Sunday, the Aston Martin DB5 was one of the many delights on the field for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, there to be judged in a mixed group of Post War Touring cars. When purchased by our client, this car was beyond the point of preservation. With a well-researched approach, and with full support of our restoration philosophy from the car’s owners, the car was awarded a First in Class.
"Old cars need to be driven"
If you have not yet discovered the website/podcast called CarsYeah, it is worthy of a visit (or two). Conceived and hosted by Mark Greene, CarsYeah consists of a series of interviews with inspiring automotive enthusiasts. Numbering over 500 to date, the interviewees range from the young to the old, from the great to the works-in-progress.
Our very own Alex Finigan talked with Mark about his early passions and how he and Paul built a business out of a simple philosophy: “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life." Listen to Alex tell his own story at CarsYeah.