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We are very fortunate that the wonderful journalists and photographers from around the world, and their publishers, allow us to share their articles about these great cars and our craftsmanship. We especially want to thank photographers Martyn GoddardMichael FurmanRune Baashus, and Klaus Schnitzer, along with writers David E. Davis Jr., Jean Jennings, Phil Llewellyn, Dale Drinnon, Mick Walsh, Ivar Engerud, Massimo Delbò, and Marcel Massini.

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Over 40 Years of Excellence

“50 Most Influential People in the Collector Car World”,
Magneto, 1 2019

“Concours Project Update: MB 300S”, by McPherson College,
Flywheel, Spring 2019

“Industry Interview with Paul Russell”, by Gordon Andrew,
PFS-Residual Values, May 2019

“Our Bench Team”, by Russ Rocknak, photography by Russ Rocknak,
Mesh New England, Spring 2019

“Prepping Pebble Beach winners with master restorer Paul Russell”, by Remi Dargegen, photography by Remi Dargegen,
Classic Driver, August 17 2018

“Super-perfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 22 January 2018 [Norway]

“Russell Honored by McPherson College”,
Old Cars Weekly, June 16 2016

“Superperfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Anders Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“Wall of Fame”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“An Afternoon at Paul Russell and Company”, by Rick Carey,
sportscardigest.com, Nov. 14 2012

“Flawless”,
Mesh New England, Holiday 2012

“Masters of the Lawn”, by Ken Gross, photography by Joe Vaughn,
Hagerty Magazine, Fall 2012

“In Ralphs Garage”, by Bert Voet, photography by Michael Furman,
De Tijd, March 26 2011 [Belgium]

“The SL and Me”, by Sam Posey, photography by Richard Prince,
Road & Track, May 2010

“America’s Most Influential: Thirty Years of Change”, by Dennis Adler,
Car Collector, January 2008

“Art of the Restoration”, by Donald Osborne,
New York Times, August 17, 2008

“Restauratori Paul Russell”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Massimo Delbò,
Automobilismo d’Epoca, August/September 2008 [Italy]

“Rod vs Restore”, by Brock Yates,
Hagerty Magazine, Summer 2008

“The best of the best Auto-Artists”, by Jurgen Lewandowski, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Centurion Magazine, Summer 2008

“Time with…Paul Russell and Company”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2008

“il Restaur autore”, by Nicola D. Bonetti, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Gentleman, December 2007 [Italy]

“The Go-Between”, by David LaChance,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, April 2007

“1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster”, by Alex Finigan,
Sports Car Market, December 2006

“A Classic Stable”, by David Taylor,
Forbes Life, December 2006

“Paul Russell: In His Own Words”, by Rich Taylor,
The Star, May/June 2006

“Restoration Hardware”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, May 2006

“Re-Built for Speed”, by Kevin Conley, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Absolute, September 2005

“Speed, Style and Beauty-The Ralph Lauren Collection”, photography by Michael Furman,
Octane, March 2005

“A Day in the life of…Paul Russell”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Octane, January 2004

“Driven to Perfection”, by James McWilliams,
US Airways Attaché, January 2003

“Face to Face: Make it New”, by Ed Kiersh,
Watch Time, December 2003

“Patina, Perfection, & Paul Russell and Company”, by David Cox,
Car Collector, March 2003

“Restoration Hardware”, by Mark Wallace,
Details, March 2003

“New Life for Old Cars”, by David C. Holzman,
Atlantic Monthly, November 2000

“Restoration Hardware”, by Scott Kathan,
Stuff Magazine, Winter 2000

“Antiques Road Show”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Bloomberg Personal Finance, September 1999

“Best Of…Best Restorers”,
Automobile Magazine, January 1999

“Finders of Keepers”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Automobile Magazine, September 1999

“Restoration Drama”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Town & Country, June 1999

“Bringing Back the Classics”, by Tom Duffy,
Cigar Aficionado, July/Aug 1998

“Retouch of Brilliance”, by Phil Llewellyn,
The Daily Telegraph, August 15 1998

“Mechanic Who Restores the Class to Classic Cars”, by Judy Cabot,
New York Times, September 29 1996

“Machine Dreams”, by Thomas Duffy,
Boston Magazine, April 1994

“Interview: Paul Russell, Restorer”,
LOTS Quarterly, Fall 1992

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part One”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1992 [Japan]

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part Two”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Summer 1992 [Japan]

“Rebuilt to Last”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Al Satterwhite,
Forbes FYI, 1991

“Monterey or Bust”, by Jean Lindamood, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, December 1986

“Remaking Rareties for the Fast Lane”, by Christy Duncan,
M, October 1986

“Guru of the Gullwing”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Connoisseur, November 1985

“Past Perfect”, by Daniel Penrice, photography by James Daly,
Robb Report, November 1985

“Craftsmanship Lives”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Mercedes, 1982

“L’Automobile d’Avant Garde”, by Paul Russell, Stacy Puckett, Jonathan Sierakowski, photography by Kimball Studios,
RM Magazine, Summer 2013

“Torpedo Roadster – Saoutchiks mesterverk”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Norsk Motorveteran, December 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“Verdens Fineste”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ronnie Krabberod,
Finansavisen Motor, August 2013 [Norway]

“The Long Road to Success”, by David Burgess-Wise, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Octane, November 2012

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
Genroq, October 2013 [Japan]

“Il Cigno Nero”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
RuoteClassiche, May 2011 [Italy]   English Translation

“Sort Juvel”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, January 15 2011 [Norway]

“Out for the Count”, by Chris Eckermann, photography by Chris Eckermann,
Mercedes Enthusiast, July 2008

“Verdensberømt Mysterium”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Right On, 2008 [Norway]

“Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza: Through the Eyes of a Concours Judge”, by Alan Boe,
Auto Events Magazine, July/August 2008

“Restoration’s World Series”, by Paul Russell,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“Beauty of the Beast”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Classic Cars, May 1997

“Una regina per il conte”, by Massimo Delbò,
Classicar, Nov/Dec 1997 [Italy]   English Translation

“Les Tribulations d’une Perle Rare”, by Christian Descombes,
Automobile Classiques, December 1996 [France]

“Chariot of the Gods”, by Rich Taylor,
Sports Car International, June 1995

“Black Beauty”, by Mark Gillies,
Supercar Classics, Winter 1994 [Japan]   English Translation

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Trossi Speedster ’32”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, March 1994 [Norway]

“Schwarze Magie”, by Mike Riedner,
Motor Klassik, March 1994 [Germany]

“1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK”, by Brian Redman, photography by Bill Warner,
Road & Track, September 1992

“The Trossi SSK Mercedes”, by C. S. Schaub,
Road & Track, September 1959

“Alfa Romeo Restoration”, by Garth Story,
Classic Car Club of America, Fourth Quarter: New England region 2009

“Automobil Kunst”, by Ivar Engerud,
Finansavisen Motor, 24 December 2011 [Norway]

“Restoring History: My Insights on Resurrecting a Bugatti Atlantic”, by Paul Russell,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Insider, June 2010

“T57S Bugatti Atlantic Reappears at Pebble Beach”, by Michael T. Lynch,
velocetoday.com, August 4 2010

“Sober Elegnase”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, March 19 2011 [Norway]

“Élégance et Performances”, by Maurice Sauzay,
Automobile Classiques, April/May 1998 [France]   English Translation

“Bugatti – kunst på hjul”, by Ivar Engerud,
Bil, June/July 1998 [Norway]

“Sublim Stormannsgalskap”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 25 February 2012 [Norway]

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“Colossus of Roads”, by Phil Llewellyn, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, July 1999

“Above Fashion”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, April 2008

“25 Greatest Cars-Alfa Romeo 8C 2900”, by Jean Jennings, photography by Tim Andrew,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“On Cloud Two Nine”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Tony Baker,
Classic & Sports Car, April 2007

“1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Spyder”, by Ivar Engerud,
Carburetti, Nr.18 2006 [Norway]

“Alfa Tale”, by Jack Smith,
Robb Report, August 2005

“Verdens Fineste?”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, January 2004 [Norway]

“Living the American Dream”, by Ralph Lauren,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by Jed Rapoport,
Car Collector, October 1994

“A Bugatti’s Odyssey”, by Ray A. March,
Robb Report, May 1991

“Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard, Al Satterwhite,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Restoring the Atlantic Coupe”, by Paul Russell,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Express Delivery”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Michael Furman,
Classic & Sports Car, May 2008

“From the Cockpit: Autobahn King”, by Mick Walsh,
Classic & Sports Car, October 2006

“Adventure in the Desert”, by Bernd Loosen, photography by Barraquer Family ,
The Star, March/April 2004

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“Polished Performer”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1993 [Japan]

“A Vintage Day at Lime Rock”, by Gordon Kirby,
gordonkirby.com, Sept 14 2009

“W154: Back on the Track”, by Rich Taylor, photography by Jean Constantine,
The Star, Nov/Dec 2009

“016I Spyder Corsa”, by David N. Seielstad, photography by Etienne Vanaret,
Cavallino, August/September 2015

“Amerikas første Ferrari”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Paul Russell and Company,
Motor, December 7 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Gran Turismo, 1 2011 [Sweden]

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia Touring Barchetta”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“Ferrari’s Dreamboat”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, March 2002

“Return to Paradise”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Oct/Nov 2000

“BARCHETT – A MYTH”, by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni,
Registro Internationale Touring Superleggera, April 1998 [Italy]   English Translation

“The Reunion”, by Keith Bluemel, photography by Keith Bluemel,
Cavallino, June/July 2012

“Victory Lap”, by Larry Crane, photography by David Gooley,
Forza, December 2009

“Elegance Defined”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, July 2008

“Return to Rome”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, June 2008

“Suited for Victory: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195S Berlinetta”, by Larry Bean, photography by Scott Williamson,
Robb Report, January 2008

“History Lesson”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, August 2016

“Sober karosserikunst”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 29 October 2016 [Norway]

“The Coachbuilder’s Art”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, August 2015

“With All Due Respect”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2015

“375 MM 0382 AM”, by Alan Boe, photography by Alan Boe,
Cavallino, December 2010/January 2011

“Beautiful Brute”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Jul/Aug 2011

“25 Greatest Cars – Mercedes-Benz 300SL”, by Joe Lorio, photography by Michael Furman,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“For Sale: ’55 Benz, Famous Ex-Owner; Runs OK, Needs Work”, by Jonathan Welsh,
Wall Street Journal, May 8 2001

“Ferrari Royale”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Feb/Mar 2003

“Ferrari’s Royal”, by Marcel Massini,
Scuderia, Fall 2002 [Japan]

“Colorful in Life & Legend”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by David Wendt,
Cavallino, October/November 2015

“0764-PartOne”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by various historic,
Cavallino, August/September 2017

“0764-PartTwo”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by Peter Singhof,
Cavallino, October/November 2017

“Heavyweight”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Forza, December 2014

“Legendarisk Designikon”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, April 16 2011 [Norway]

“507 BMWs Første Etterkrigssportsbil”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“Blue-Collar Armani”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, June 2008

“Double O’Seven”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Excellence, August 2004

“Patina Perfect”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, September 2004

“Restoration Profile: A Family Affair”, by Mark McCourt, photography by Mark McCourt,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, March 2006

“Racingperle”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 20 November 2010 [Norway]

“Rennsport-Perle Signert Porsche”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #13 2005 [Norway]

“Frozen in Time”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Sept/Oct 2000

“The Pearl of Great Price”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Nov/Dec 2005

“1963 300SL Roadster”, by Frank Spellman, Frank Barrett,
Star, July/August 2001

“50 Most Influential People in the Collector Car World”,
Magneto, 1 2019

“Concours Project Update: MB 300S”, by McPherson College,
Flywheel, Spring 2019

“Industry Interview with Paul Russell”, by Gordon Andrew,
PFS-Residual Values, May 2019

“Our Bench Team”, by Russ Rocknak, photography by Russ Rocknak,
Mesh New England, Spring 2019

“Prepping Pebble Beach winners with master restorer Paul Russell”, by Remi Dargegen, photography by Remi Dargegen,
Classic Driver, August 17 2018

“Super-perfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 22 January 2018 [Norway]

“0764-PartOne”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by various historic,
Cavallino, August/September 2017

“0764-PartTwo”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by Peter Singhof,
Cavallino, October/November 2017

“History Lesson”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, August 2016

“Russell Honored by McPherson College”,
Old Cars Weekly, June 16 2016

“Sober karosserikunst”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 29 October 2016 [Norway]

“016I Spyder Corsa”, by David N. Seielstad, photography by Etienne Vanaret,
Cavallino, August/September 2015

“Colorful in Life & Legend”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by David Wendt,
Cavallino, October/November 2015

“The Coachbuilder’s Art”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, August 2015

“With All Due Respect”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2015

“Heavyweight”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Forza, December 2014

“Superperfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Anders Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“Wall of Fame”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“Amerikas første Ferrari”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Paul Russell and Company,
Motor, December 7 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“L’Automobile d’Avant Garde”, by Paul Russell, Stacy Puckett, Jonathan Sierakowski, photography by Kimball Studios,
RM Magazine, Summer 2013

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
Genroq, October 2013 [Japan]

“Torpedo Roadster – Saoutchiks mesterverk”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Norsk Motorveteran, December 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“Verdens Fineste”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ronnie Krabberod,
Finansavisen Motor, August 2013 [Norway]

“An Afternoon at Paul Russell and Company”, by Rick Carey,
sportscardigest.com, Nov. 14 2012

“Flawless”,
Mesh New England, Holiday 2012

“Masters of the Lawn”, by Ken Gross, photography by Joe Vaughn,
Hagerty Magazine, Fall 2012

“Sublim Stormannsgalskap”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 25 February 2012 [Norway]

“The Long Road to Success”, by David Burgess-Wise, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Octane, November 2012

“The Reunion”, by Keith Bluemel, photography by Keith Bluemel,
Cavallino, June/July 2012

“375 MM 0382 AM”, by Alan Boe, photography by Alan Boe,
Cavallino, December 2010/January 2011

“Automobil Kunst”, by Ivar Engerud,
Finansavisen Motor, 24 December 2011 [Norway]

“Beautiful Brute”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Jul/Aug 2011

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Gran Turismo, 1 2011 [Sweden]

“Il Cigno Nero”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
RuoteClassiche, May 2011 [Italy]   English Translation

“In Ralphs Garage”, by Bert Voet, photography by Michael Furman,
De Tijd, March 26 2011 [Belgium]

“Legendarisk Designikon”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, April 16 2011 [Norway]

“Sober Elegnase”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, March 19 2011 [Norway]

“Sort Juvel”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, January 15 2011 [Norway]

“Racingperle”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 20 November 2010 [Norway]

“Restoring History: My Insights on Resurrecting a Bugatti Atlantic”, by Paul Russell,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Insider, June 2010

“T57S Bugatti Atlantic Reappears at Pebble Beach”, by Michael T. Lynch,
velocetoday.com, August 4 2010

“The SL and Me”, by Sam Posey, photography by Richard Prince,
Road & Track, May 2010

“A Vintage Day at Lime Rock”, by Gordon Kirby,
gordonkirby.com, Sept 14 2009

“Alfa Romeo Restoration”, by Garth Story,
Classic Car Club of America, Fourth Quarter: New England region 2009

“Victory Lap”, by Larry Crane, photography by David Gooley,
Forza, December 2009

“W154: Back on the Track”, by Rich Taylor, photography by Jean Constantine,
The Star, Nov/Dec 2009

“Above Fashion”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, April 2008

“America’s Most Influential: Thirty Years of Change”, by Dennis Adler,
Car Collector, January 2008

“Art of the Restoration”, by Donald Osborne,
New York Times, August 17, 2008

“Blue-Collar Armani”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, June 2008

“Elegance Defined”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, July 2008

“Express Delivery”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Michael Furman,
Classic & Sports Car, May 2008

“Out for the Count”, by Chris Eckermann, photography by Chris Eckermann,
Mercedes Enthusiast, July 2008

“Restauratori Paul Russell”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Massimo Delbò,
Automobilismo d’Epoca, August/September 2008 [Italy]

“Return to Rome”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, June 2008

“Rod vs Restore”, by Brock Yates,
Hagerty Magazine, Summer 2008

“Suited for Victory: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195S Berlinetta”, by Larry Bean, photography by Scott Williamson,
Robb Report, January 2008

“The best of the best Auto-Artists”, by Jurgen Lewandowski, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Centurion Magazine, Summer 2008

“Time with…Paul Russell and Company”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2008

“Verdensberømt Mysterium”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Right On, 2008 [Norway]

“Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza: Through the Eyes of a Concours Judge”, by Alan Boe,
Auto Events Magazine, July/August 2008

“25 Greatest Cars – Mercedes-Benz 300SL”, by Joe Lorio, photography by Michael Furman,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“25 Greatest Cars-Alfa Romeo 8C 2900”, by Jean Jennings, photography by Tim Andrew,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“il Restaur autore”, by Nicola D. Bonetti, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Gentleman, December 2007 [Italy]

“On Cloud Two Nine”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Tony Baker,
Classic & Sports Car, April 2007

“The Go-Between”, by David LaChance,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, April 2007

“1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Spyder”, by Ivar Engerud,
Carburetti, Nr.18 2006 [Norway]

“1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster”, by Alex Finigan,
Sports Car Market, December 2006

“507 BMWs Første Etterkrigssportsbil”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“A Classic Stable”, by David Taylor,
Forbes Life, December 2006

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia Touring Barchetta”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“From the Cockpit: Autobahn King”, by Mick Walsh,
Classic & Sports Car, October 2006

“Paul Russell: In His Own Words”, by Rich Taylor,
The Star, May/June 2006

“Restoration Hardware”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, May 2006

“Restoration Profile: A Family Affair”, by Mark McCourt, photography by Mark McCourt,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, March 2006

“Alfa Tale”, by Jack Smith,
Robb Report, August 2005

“Re-Built for Speed”, by Kevin Conley, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Absolute, September 2005

“Rennsport-Perle Signert Porsche”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #13 2005 [Norway]

“Speed, Style and Beauty-The Ralph Lauren Collection”, photography by Michael Furman,
Octane, March 2005

“The Pearl of Great Price”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Nov/Dec 2005

“A Day in the life of…Paul Russell”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Octane, January 2004

“Adventure in the Desert”, by Bernd Loosen, photography by Barraquer Family ,
The Star, March/April 2004

“Double O’Seven”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Excellence, August 2004

“Patina Perfect”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, September 2004

“Verdens Fineste?”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, January 2004 [Norway]

“Driven to Perfection”, by James McWilliams,
US Airways Attaché, January 2003

“Face to Face: Make it New”, by Ed Kiersh,
Watch Time, December 2003

“Ferrari Royale”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Feb/Mar 2003

“Patina, Perfection, & Paul Russell and Company”, by David Cox,
Car Collector, March 2003

“Restoration Hardware”, by Mark Wallace,
Details, March 2003

“Ferrari’s Dreamboat”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, March 2002

“Ferrari’s Royal”, by Marcel Massini,
Scuderia, Fall 2002 [Japan]

“1963 300SL Roadster”, by Frank Spellman, Frank Barrett,
Star, July/August 2001

“For Sale: ’55 Benz, Famous Ex-Owner; Runs OK, Needs Work”, by Jonathan Welsh,
Wall Street Journal, May 8 2001

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“Frozen in Time”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Sept/Oct 2000

“Living the American Dream”, by Ralph Lauren,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“New Life for Old Cars”, by David C. Holzman,
Atlantic Monthly, November 2000

“Restoration Hardware”, by Scott Kathan,
Stuff Magazine, Winter 2000

“Restoration’s World Series”, by Paul Russell,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“Return to Paradise”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Oct/Nov 2000

“Antiques Road Show”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Bloomberg Personal Finance, September 1999

“Best Of…Best Restorers”,
Automobile Magazine, January 1999

“Colossus of Roads”, by Phil Llewellyn, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, July 1999

“Finders of Keepers”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Automobile Magazine, September 1999

“Restoration Drama”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Town & Country, June 1999

“Élégance et Performances”, by Maurice Sauzay,
Automobile Classiques, April/May 1998 [France]   English Translation

“BARCHETT – A MYTH”, by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni,
Registro Internationale Touring Superleggera, April 1998 [Italy]   English Translation

“Bringing Back the Classics”, by Tom Duffy,
Cigar Aficionado, July/Aug 1998

“Bugatti – kunst på hjul”, by Ivar Engerud,
Bil, June/July 1998 [Norway]

“Retouch of Brilliance”, by Phil Llewellyn,
The Daily Telegraph, August 15 1998

“Beauty of the Beast”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Classic Cars, May 1997

“Una regina per il conte”, by Massimo Delbò,
Classicar, Nov/Dec 1997 [Italy]   English Translation

“Les Tribulations d’une Perle Rare”, by Christian Descombes,
Automobile Classiques, December 1996 [France]

“Mechanic Who Restores the Class to Classic Cars”, by Judy Cabot,
New York Times, September 29 1996

“Chariot of the Gods”, by Rich Taylor,
Sports Car International, June 1995

“1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by Jed Rapoport,
Car Collector, October 1994

“Black Beauty”, by Mark Gillies,
Supercar Classics, Winter 1994 [Japan]   English Translation

“Machine Dreams”, by Thomas Duffy,
Boston Magazine, April 1994

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Trossi Speedster ’32”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, March 1994 [Norway]

“Schwarze Magie”, by Mike Riedner,
Motor Klassik, March 1994 [Germany]

“Polished Performer”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1993 [Japan]

“1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK”, by Brian Redman, photography by Bill Warner,
Road & Track, September 1992

“Interview: Paul Russell, Restorer”,
LOTS Quarterly, Fall 1992

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part One”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1992 [Japan]

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part Two”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Summer 1992 [Japan]

“A Bugatti’s Odyssey”, by Ray A. March,
Robb Report, May 1991

“Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard, Al Satterwhite,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Rebuilt to Last”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Al Satterwhite,
Forbes FYI, 1991

“Restoring the Atlantic Coupe”, by Paul Russell,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Monterey or Bust”, by Jean Lindamood, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, December 1986

“Remaking Rareties for the Fast Lane”, by Christy Duncan,
M, October 1986

“Guru of the Gullwing”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Connoisseur, November 1985

“Past Perfect”, by Daniel Penrice, photography by James Daly,
Robb Report, November 1985

“Craftsmanship Lives”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Mercedes, 1982

“The Trossi SSK Mercedes”, by C. S. Schaub,
Road & Track, September 1959

“Re-Built for Speed”, by Kevin Conley, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Absolute, September 2005

“New Life for Old Cars”, by David C. Holzman,
Atlantic Monthly, November 2000

“Élégance et Performances”, by Maurice Sauzay,
Automobile Classiques, April/May 1998 [France]   English Translation

“Les Tribulations d’une Perle Rare”, by Christian Descombes,
Automobile Classiques, December 1996 [France]

“25 Greatest Cars – Mercedes-Benz 300SL”, by Joe Lorio, photography by Michael Furman,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“25 Greatest Cars-Alfa Romeo 8C 2900”, by Jean Jennings, photography by Tim Andrew,
Automobile Magazine, September 2007

“Ferrari’s Dreamboat”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, March 2002

“Best Of…Best Restorers”,
Automobile Magazine, January 1999

“Colossus of Roads”, by Phil Llewellyn, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, July 1999

“Finders of Keepers”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Automobile Magazine, September 1999

“Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Martyn Goddard, Al Satterwhite,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Restoring the Atlantic Coupe”, by Paul Russell,
Automobile Magazine, August 1991

“Monterey or Bust”, by Jean Lindamood, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Automobile Magazine, December 1986

“Restauratori Paul Russell”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Massimo Delbò,
Automobilismo d’Epoca, August/September 2008 [Italy]

“Bugatti – kunst på hjul”, by Ivar Engerud,
Bil, June/July 1998 [Norway]

“Antiques Road Show”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Bloomberg Personal Finance, September 1999

“Machine Dreams”, by Thomas Duffy,
Boston Magazine, April 1994

“America’s Most Influential: Thirty Years of Change”, by Dennis Adler,
Car Collector, January 2008

“Patina, Perfection, & Paul Russell and Company”, by David Cox,
Car Collector, March 2003

“1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe”, by Jed Rapoport,
Car Collector, October 1994

“1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Spyder”, by Ivar Engerud,
Carburetti, Nr.18 2006 [Norway]

“507 BMWs Første Etterkrigssportsbil”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia Touring Barchetta”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #16 2006 [Norway]

“Rennsport-Perle Signert Porsche”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Carburetti, #13 2005 [Norway]

“0764-PartOne”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by various historic,
Cavallino, August/September 2017

“0764-PartTwo”, by Michael T. Lynch, photography by Peter Singhof,
Cavallino, October/November 2017

“016I Spyder Corsa”, by David N. Seielstad, photography by Etienne Vanaret,
Cavallino, August/September 2015

“Colorful in Life & Legend”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by David Wendt,
Cavallino, October/November 2015

“The Reunion”, by Keith Bluemel, photography by Keith Bluemel,
Cavallino, June/July 2012

“375 MM 0382 AM”, by Alan Boe, photography by Alan Boe,
Cavallino, December 2010/January 2011

“Ferrari Royale”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Feb/Mar 2003

“Return to Paradise”, by Marcel Massini, photography by Marcel Massini,
Cavallino, Oct/Nov 2000

“The best of the best Auto-Artists”, by Jurgen Lewandowski, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Centurion Magazine, Summer 2008

“Bringing Back the Classics”, by Tom Duffy,
Cigar Aficionado, July/Aug 1998

“Express Delivery”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Michael Furman,
Classic & Sports Car, May 2008

“On Cloud Two Nine”, by Mick Walsh, photography by Tony Baker,
Classic & Sports Car, April 2007

“From the Cockpit: Autobahn King”, by Mick Walsh,
Classic & Sports Car, October 2006

“Alfa Romeo Restoration”, by Garth Story,
Classic Car Club of America, Fourth Quarter: New England region 2009

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“The Classic Era”, by Beverly Rae Kimes,
Classic Car Club of America, January 2001

“Beauty of the Beast”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Classic Cars, May 1997

“Prepping Pebble Beach winners with master restorer Paul Russell”, by Remi Dargegen, photography by Remi Dargegen,
Classic Driver, August 17 2018

“Una regina per il conte”, by Massimo Delbò,
Classicar, Nov/Dec 1997 [Italy]   English Translation

“Guru of the Gullwing”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Connoisseur, November 1985

“In Ralphs Garage”, by Bert Voet, photography by Michael Furman,
De Tijd, March 26 2011 [Belgium]

“Restoration Hardware”, by Mark Wallace,
Details, March 2003

“Double O’Seven”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Excellence, August 2004

“Verdens Fineste”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ronnie Krabberod,
Finansavisen Motor, August 2013 [Norway]

“Sublim Stormannsgalskap”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 25 February 2012 [Norway]

“Automobil Kunst”, by Ivar Engerud,
Finansavisen Motor, 24 December 2011 [Norway]

“Legendarisk Designikon”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, April 16 2011 [Norway]

“Sober Elegnase”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, March 19 2011 [Norway]

“Sort Juvel”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, January 15 2011 [Norway]

“Racingperle”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Finansavisen Motor, 20 November 2010 [Norway]

“Concours Project Update: MB 300S”, by McPherson College,
Flywheel, Spring 2019

“Rebuilt to Last”, by David E. Davis Jr., photography by Al Satterwhite,
Forbes FYI, 1991

“A Classic Stable”, by David Taylor,
Forbes Life, December 2006

“The Coachbuilder’s Art”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, August 2015

“Heavyweight”, by Jarrett Rothmeier, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Forza, December 2014

“Victory Lap”, by Larry Crane, photography by David Gooley,
Forza, December 2009

“Return to Rome”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Forza, June 2008

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
Genroq, October 2013 [Japan]

“il Restaur autore”, by Nicola D. Bonetti, photography by Nikolas Koenig,
Gentleman, December 2007 [Italy]

“A Vintage Day at Lime Rock”, by Gordon Kirby,
gordonkirby.com, Sept 14 2009

“Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Rune Baashus,
Gran Turismo, 1 2011 [Sweden]

“Masters of the Lawn”, by Ken Gross, photography by Joe Vaughn,
Hagerty Magazine, Fall 2012

“Rod vs Restore”, by Brock Yates,
Hagerty Magazine, Summer 2008

“The Go-Between”, by David LaChance,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, April 2007

“Restoration Profile: A Family Affair”, by Mark McCourt, photography by Mark McCourt,
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, March 2006

“Remaking Rareties for the Fast Lane”, by Christy Duncan,
M, October 1986

“Craftsmanship Lives”, by Stephan Wilkinson, photography by Stephan Wilkinson,
Mercedes, 1982

“Out for the Count”, by Chris Eckermann, photography by Chris Eckermann,
Mercedes Enthusiast, July 2008

“Our Bench Team”, by Russ Rocknak, photography by Russ Rocknak,
Mesh New England, Spring 2019

“Flawless”,
Mesh New England, Holiday 2012

“Super-perfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 22 January 2018 [Norway]

“Sober karosserikunst”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, 29 October 2016 [Norway]

“Superperfeksjonisten”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Anders Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“Wall of Fame”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Ivar Engerud,
Motor, July 26 2014 [Norway]

“Amerikas første Ferrari”, by Ivar Engerud, photography by Paul Russell and Company,
Motor, December 7 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“Schwarze Magie”, by Mike Riedner,
Motor Klassik, March 1994 [Germany]

“Art of the Restoration”, by Donald Osborne,
New York Times, August 17, 2008

“Mechanic Who Restores the Class to Classic Cars”, by Judy Cabot,
New York Times, September 29 1996

“Torpedo Roadster – Saoutchiks mesterverk”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Norsk Motorveteran, December 2013 [Norway]   English Translation

“History Lesson”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, August 2016

“With All Due Respect”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2015

“The Long Road to Success”, by David Burgess-Wise, photography by Dirk de Jager,
Octane, November 2012

“Above Fashion”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, April 2008

“Blue-Collar Armani”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, June 2008

“Elegance Defined”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, July 2008

“Time with…Paul Russell and Company”, by Dale Drinnon, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Octane, May 2008

“Speed, Style and Beauty-The Ralph Lauren Collection”, photography by Michael Furman,
Octane, March 2005

“A Day in the life of…Paul Russell”, by Phil Llewellyn,
Octane, January 2004

“Living the American Dream”, by Ralph Lauren,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“Restoration’s World Series”, by Paul Russell,
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Fifty Years of Automotive Style, 2000

“Industry Interview with Paul Russell”, by Gordon Andrew,
PFS-Residual Values, May 2019

“BARCHETT – A MYTH”, by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni,
Registro Internationale Touring Superleggera, April 1998 [Italy]   English Translation

“Verdensberømt Mysterium”, by Ronnie Krabberød, photography by Ronnie Krabberød,
Right On, 2008 [Norway]

“Verdens Fineste?”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, January 2004 [Norway]

“Mercedes-Benz SSK Trossi Speedster ’32”, by Ivar Engerud,
Right On, March 1994 [Norway]

“L’Automobile d’Avant Garde”, by Paul Russell, Stacy Puckett, Jonathan Sierakowski, photography by Kimball Studios,
RM Magazine, Summer 2013

“The SL and Me”, by Sam Posey, photography by Richard Prince,
Road & Track, May 2010

“1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK”, by Brian Redman, photography by Bill Warner,
Road & Track, September 1992

“The Trossi SSK Mercedes”, by C. S. Schaub,
Road & Track, September 1959

“Suited for Victory: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195S Berlinetta”, by Larry Bean, photography by Scott Williamson,
Robb Report, January 2008

“Alfa Tale”, by Jack Smith,
Robb Report, August 2005

“A Bugatti’s Odyssey”, by Ray A. March,
Robb Report, May 1991

“Past Perfect”, by Daniel Penrice, photography by James Daly,
Robb Report, November 1985

“Il Cigno Nero”, by Massimo Delbò, photography by Michael Furman,
RuoteClassiche, May 2011 [Italy]   English Translation

“Ferrari’s Royal”, by Marcel Massini,
Scuderia, Fall 2002 [Japan]

“Restoration Hardware”, by Klaus Schnitzer, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, May 2006

“Patina Perfect”, by David Haueter, photography by Klaus Schnitzer,
Sports Car International, September 2004

“Chariot of the Gods”, by Rich Taylor,
Sports Car International, June 1995

“1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster”, by Alex Finigan,
Sports Car Market, December 2006

“An Afternoon at Paul Russell and Company”, by Rick Carey,
sportscardigest.com, Nov. 14 2012

“1963 300SL Roadster”, by Frank Spellman, Frank Barrett,
Star, July/August 2001

“Restoration Hardware”, by Scott Kathan,
Stuff Magazine, Winter 2000

“Black Beauty”, by Mark Gillies,
Supercar Classics, Winter 1994 [Japan]   English Translation

“Polished Performer”, by Mark Gillies, photography by Martyn Goddard,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1993 [Japan]

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part One”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Spring 1992 [Japan]

“Restoration: Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Part Two”, by Ken Gross,
Supercar Classics, Summer 1992 [Japan]

“Retouch of Brilliance”, by Phil Llewellyn,
The Daily Telegraph, August 15 1998

“W154: Back on the Track”, by Rich Taylor, photography by Jean Constantine,
The Star, Nov/Dec 2009

“Paul Russell: In His Own Words”, by Rich Taylor,
The Star, May/June 2006

“Adventure in the Desert”, by Bernd Loosen, photography by Barraquer Family ,
The Star, March/April 2004

“Restoration Drama”, by Stephan Wilkinson,
Town & Country, June 1999

“Driven to Perfection”, by James McWilliams,
US Airways Attaché, January 2003

“T57S Bugatti Atlantic Reappears at Pebble Beach”, by Michael T. Lynch,
velocetoday.com, August 4 2010

“Beautiful Brute”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Jul/Aug 2011

“The Pearl of Great Price”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Nov/Dec 2005

“Frozen in Time”, by Ted West, photography by Don Heiny,
Vintage Motorsport, Sept/Oct 2000

“Face to Face: Make it New”, by Ed Kiersh,
Watch Time, December 2003

The Mercedes-Benz factories sustained massive damage from Allied bombing during World War II. Utility vehicles were the first post-war product, and helped the company toward recovery. But something more spectacular needed to be done to attract the world’s interest. In 1951, it was decided to re-enter the racing circuit. In order to do so with the least financial strain, a sports car was developed using the existing 300 engine. Because of the relatively heavy weight of that engine and drivetrain, an unusually light body needed to be constructed. And so, the tubular steel framed, aluminum bodied 300SL (Sport Light) was born. Approximately fifteen of these race cars were made, winning many events and earning the world sports car championship.

In 1952, the 300SL caught the interest of racing fans in the United States. New Yorker Max Hoffman was one such enthusiast, who used his car dealership to bring many of the European makes into this country. One might even say that he is responsible for the creation of the 300SL, as his order for 1,000 cars convinced the Mercedes-Benz officials to go ahead with the production of a street car based upon the 300SL racing sports car. The prototype 300SL was shown at the International Motor Sports Show in New York City in February 1954.

The first production car with a fuel-injected gasoline engine, the 300SL was one of the most reliable sports cars of the ’50s and ’60s. The proven 300 engine was tilted to the left to accommodate a lower hood line. The body style was designated Sport Leicht (Light) due to its aluminum doors, hood, decklid, rocker panels and belly pans, though the main body shell was constructed from steel. Unusual for the period, 300SLs came equipped with dependable heat, defrosters, and wiper motors.

Ultimately, three different versions of the 300SL were offered. The 300SL Coupe was produced from August 1954 to May 1957, during which time twenty-nine all-aluminum bodied cars were made as well. Production of the Roadster version was between February 1957 and February 1963. Whichever style is your preference, they are now highly valued for their pure driving pleasure in the Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, and other vintage events.

Factory photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Archives.

Pininfarina or Pinin Farina? In 1930, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina founded Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. This company designed and built car bodies for a number of manufacturers, including Alfa Romeo, Hispano Suiza, Lancia, Fiat, and, most notably, Ferrari. Battista is quoted as saying “The interrelation between the body of a beautiful woman and that of a Farina-designed car is that both have simplicity and harmony of line, so that when they are old one can still see how beautiful they were when they were young.”

In conjunction with Battista’s retirement in 1961, the President of the Italian Republic authorized the family name to be changed to Pininfarina “in consideration of his achievements in social and industrial activities”. As a result, the correct usage of the family name as Pininfarina or Pinin Farina depends upon the year it was used.

The Mercedes-Benz factories sustained massive damage from Allied bombing during World War II. Utility vehicles were the first post-war product, and helped the company toward recovery. But something more spectacular needed to be done to attract the world’s interest. In 1951, it was decided to re-enter the racing circuit. In order to do so with the least financial strain, a sports car was developed using the existing 300 engine. Because of the relatively heavy weight of that engine and drivetrain, an unusually light body needed to be constructed. And so, the tubular steel framed, aluminum bodied 300SL (Sport Light) was born. Approximately fifteen of these race cars were made, winning many events and earning the world sports car championship.

In 1952, the 300SL caught the interest of racing fans in the United States. New Yorker Max Hoffman was one such enthusiast, who used his car dealership to bring many of the European makes into this country. One might even say that he is responsible for the creation of the 300SL, as his order for 1,000 cars convinced the Mercedes-Benz officials to go ahead with the production of a street car based upon the 300SL racing sports car. The prototype 300SL was shown at the International Motor Sports Show in New York City in February 1954.

The first production car with a fuel-injected gasoline engine, the 300SL was one of the most reliable sports cars of the ’50s and ’60s. The proven 300 engine was tilted to the left to accommodate a lower hood line. The body style was designated Sport Leicht (Light) due to its aluminum doors, hood, decklid, rocker panels and belly pans, though the main body shell was constructed from steel. Unusual for the period, 300SLs came equipped with dependable heat, defrosters, and wiper motors.

Ultimately, three different versions of the 300SL were offered. The 300SL Coupe was produced from August 1954 to May 1957, during which time twenty-nine all-aluminum bodied cars were made as well. Production of the Roadster version was between February 1957 and February 1963. Whichever style is your preference, they are now highly valued for their pure driving pleasure in the Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, and other vintage events.

Factory photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Archives.

In March of 1926, Felice Bianchi Anderloni founded Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, Italy. A “gentleman” race driver and coachbuilder for 1930s Isotta-Fraschini and Alfa Romeo, Felice was well respected for creating beautiful, aerodynamic designs. He developed the patented “superlight” Superleggera construction method, a marvel of metal tube frames welded to a solid chassis, then skinned with aluminum body panels.

When Felice died suddenly in 1948 it was up to his son Carlo Felice, known as “Cici”, to save the business. Cici did so in no uncertain terms, when he presented his 1/10-scale model of the distinctive Barchetta to prospective client Enzo Ferrari. Enzo accepted the “little boat” design as presented. The superleggera concept became so closely associated with Touring that it was incorporated into the name of the company, becoming Touring Superleggera Milano in the 1950s.

Pictured: Cici Anderloni proudly displays the original Barchetta model to Paul Russell. Lake Como, 1998.

Scraping is done with a long, wood-handled chisel. First, the surface is cleaned, made level, and marked in pencil with a grid pattern. The chisel is held with both hands, with further pressure applied by the shoulder pushing against the wooden handle. As the blade of the chisel digs into the aluminum surface, the chisel is pushed and ‘flicked’ with a rotating motion. Once this is repeatedly accomplished in one direction, the part is turned 90 degrees and the entire process repeated again. Finally, the part is hand-sanded with a very fine-grade paper to remove the aluminum shards and burrs.

For many years, conventional wisdom had it that there were 3 Atlantics built. Fortunately enthusiasts like L.G. Matthews and historians like Pierre-Yves Laugier continue to study all things Bugatti, and new information and analysis becomes known and shared. The revival of the Bugatti Marque in the ownership of the Volkswagen Group has facilitated a reorganization of the company historic archives, in the hands of the esteemed Julius Kruta.

It is now acknowledged that there was a prototype (pictured here) named the Aerolithe built on a modified T57 chassis and later disassembled to form the basis for the first production car, now on the S chassis number 57374. This first car was labeled the Aero, and resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum.

Chassis 57473 was the second car produced and the first to be called the Atlantic. There were two more Atlantics made, one of which has not been seen since it disappeared in Belgium in the 1940s. The last of the Atlantics produced is chassis number 57591.

Professor Ignacio Barraquer who owned the Autobahn-Kurier for more than 60 years, was not just any eye doctor, but possibly the most famous ophthalmologist who ever lived. He developed procedures and surgical instruments that are standard to this day, mostly associated with cataract surgery, and many named after him. His father was Professor of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine in Barcelona, Spain, a position Ignacio was appointed to following his father’s retirement. Ignacio’s son, José, developed the keratomileusis, or LASIK operation, today a common surgical procedure.

Born into an Italian banking family, Count Carlo Felice Trossi was an amateur inventor and a noted motor sportsman of the 1930s. Known as ‘Didi’ to his friends, he enjoyed racing boats and airplanes in addition to his pursuits in the field of engineering. As an early financial backer of Enzo Ferrari, he become President of Scuderia Ferrari in 1932 while continuing to be a primary driver for the team.

Reproduced here is a picture dated 1932, and supplied by his family, of his SSK in front of Castello di Gaglianico. The records of the Automobile Club of Italy show that Count Trossi sold and bought back this singular car several times from 1931 until his death in 1949.

In March of 1926, Felice Bianchi Anderloni founded Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, Italy. A “gentleman” race driver and coachbuilder for 1930s Isotta-Fraschini and Alfa Romeo, Felice was well respected for creating beautiful, aerodynamic designs. He developed the patented “superlight” Superleggera construction method, a marvel of metal tube frames welded to a solid chassis, then skinned with aluminum body panels.

When Felice died suddenly in 1948 it was up to his son Carlo Felice, known as “Cici”, to save the business. Cici did so in no uncertain terms, when he presented his 1/10-scale model of the distinctive Barchetta to prospective client Enzo Ferrari. Enzo accepted the “little boat” design as presented. The superleggera concept became so closely associated with Touring that it was incorporated into the name of the company, becoming Touring Superleggera Milano in the 1950s.

Pictured: Cici Anderloni proudly displays the original Barchetta model to Paul Russell. Lake Como, 1998.

For many years, conventional wisdom had it that there were 3 Atlantics built. Fortunately enthusiasts like L.G. Matthews and historians like Pierre-Yves Laugier continue to study all things Bugatti, and new information and analysis becomes known and shared. The revival of the Bugatti Marque in the ownership of the Volkswagen Group has facilitated a reorganization of the company historic archives, in the hands of the esteemed Julius Kruta.

It is now acknowledged that there was a prototype (pictured here) named the Aerolithe built on a modified T57 chassis and later disassembled to form the basis for the first production car, now on the S chassis number 57374. This first car was labeled the Aero, and resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum.

Chassis 57473 was the second car produced and the first to be called the Atlantic. There were two more Atlantics made, one of which has not been seen since it disappeared in Belgium in the 1940s. The last of the Atlantics produced is chassis number 57591.

In March of 1926, Felice Bianchi Anderloni founded Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, Italy. A “gentleman” race driver and coachbuilder for 1930s Isotta-Fraschini and Alfa Romeo, Felice was well respected for creating beautiful, aerodynamic designs. He developed the patented “superlight” Superleggera construction method, a marvel of metal tube frames welded to a solid chassis, then skinned with aluminum body panels.

When Felice died suddenly in 1948 it was up to his son Carlo Felice, known as “Cici”, to save the business. Cici did so in no uncertain terms, when he presented his 1/10-scale model of the distinctive Barchetta to prospective client Enzo Ferrari. Enzo accepted the “little boat” design as presented. The superleggera concept became so closely associated with Touring that it was incorporated into the name of the company, becoming Touring Superleggera Milano in the 1950s.

Pictured: Cici Anderloni proudly displays the original Barchetta model to Paul Russell. Lake Como, 1998.

Born into an Italian banking family, Count Carlo Felice Trossi was an amateur inventor and a noted motor sportsman of the 1930s. Known as ‘Didi’ to his friends, he enjoyed racing boats and airplanes in addition to his pursuits in the field of engineering. As an early financial backer of Enzo Ferrari, he become President of Scuderia Ferrari in 1932 while continuing to be a primary driver for the team.

Reproduced here is a picture dated 1932, and supplied by his family, of his SSK in front of Castello di Gaglianico. The records of the Automobile Club of Italy show that Count Trossi sold and bought back this singular car several times from 1931 until his death in 1949.