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.
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.
Restoration Story Books for Sale
Many of today’s top concours events include originality in their judging criteria. In preparation for presenting a restoration project at such an event, we assemble pertinent documents and images in support of our thought processes, offering historical context for the decisions taken during our authentic restorations. On the day of the show, these pages of research and references are assembled in a simple ring binder and shared with judges, car owners, and enthusiasts. On our website, those familiar with the Portfolio section will be aware that we often include a slide show of images illustrating the restoration process, and always share a slide show of the finished car.
It seemed to us that a logical next step would be to create a printed book containing all three of these components: The Research, The Restoration, and The Results. With the kind permission of the car owners, we can now offer two books we have recently completed: The Ferrari 212 Vignale Coupe No.0267 EU, and The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa No.0724 TR. Available through the on-line book publisher Blurb, all ordering, printing, and delivery is handled by them. We will continue to put our emphasis on the preservation of these great cars, and publish more books only as time allows.
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.
To stop or restart the slide show, simply click on the main image. To jump to any other image, drag the thumbnails along the bottom and then click on the one you want to view.
McPherson College Industry Award
Paul Russell, current Chair of the Advisory Board, is especially proud to report that McPherson College Automotive Restoration was announced as Industry Supporter of the Year at the International Historic Motoring Awards 2015. The Industry Supporter award recognizes "the 'outside world' - in the form of companies, organizations, institutions or individuals whose core business lies away from the international historic car industry…". This year, International Historic Motoring Awards "paid tribute to the way America's McPherson College is educating the historic car preservers of the future with its innovative four-year Automotive Restoration degree program."
Amanda Gutierrez, Vice President for Automotive Restoration, said: "This is a wonderful recognition of everyone who has worked so hard to make the automotive restoration program a success – our campus community, alumni, advisory board and supporters. This is the international stage affirming the quality and value of what we've built during the last 40 years."
McPherson College Automotive Restoration was in fantastic company among the other finalists for the award. These included such well-known organizations as: Hagerty Insurance, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, Porsche Motorsports North America, and The Royal Automobile Club.
This award further recognizes the momentum of the program moving into a multi-year strategic plan to solidify the Automotive Restoration program at McPherson College as the center of excellence for students serious about automotive restoration. Part of that plan involves utilizing the restoration of a Pebble Beach eligible classic, such as a Mercedes-Benz 300S, to demonstrate the highest levels of restoration skills, time management, goal setting, budgeting, and teamwork. If you know of a good restoration candidate, please contact us!