Alex Finigan Scholarship Fund

With deep appreciation we have this news from the Finigan Family celebrating the life of our long-time Classic Car Sales Manager and essential founding member Alex Finigan:

“We are honored to announce the creation of the Alex Finigan Endowed Scholarship Fund at McPherson College.

Started by an incredibly generous client and friend of Alex’s, this $500K endowment will grant deserving students financial aid to allow them to continue their education and pursuit of a career in the Automotive Restoration Field.

Alex would be touched to know that his legacy of kindness, inclusivity and passion for this industry will live on through the development of students who share his joy in the history, restoration and preservation of fine automobiles.

With gratitude, the Finigan Family”

A wonderful aspect of this gift is that anyone wishing to add to the scholarship in Alex’s memory can do so by sending a check to McPherson College indicating “Alex Finigan Scholarship” on the memo line:

McPherson College
Attention: Amanda Gutierrez
1600 E. Euclid
McPherson, KS 67460

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2023

Five of our clients were honored with invitations to Pebble Beach this year to feature in several special classes. Our team was on hand to support 2 cars asked to return for the centennial celebration of the artistry of Joseph Figoni. His ground-breaking designs helped spark the French aerodynamic movement. Returning was our 2014 restoration of the 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Torpedo Grand Sport and our 2019 restoration of the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Teardrop Cabriolet. Both of these stunning automobiles were bodied by the French coachbuilding firm of Figoni et Falaschi.

Under normal circumstances neither of these cars would have been eligible for the event since both were shown within the last 10 years. However, their seminal designs were deemed too important to leave off the list of any celebration of Figoni’s work. Both cars competed in Thursday’s 25th Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, a 70-mile test along the Monterey coast. On Sunday, Delahaye owner Jeff Fisher was given the special honor of escorting Concours Chairman Sandra Button over the ramp to deliver her opening remarks.

Showing in the Mercedes-Benz S, and SS & SSK classes were 2 of our previous Best of Show winners and a recently freshened Corsica-bodied SSK. Displayed impressively along the edge of the 18th green were the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo Roadster (BoS 2012), the 1930 Mercedes-Benz Count Trossi SSK (BoS 1993), and the 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK Corsica.

Historic Second in Class for McPherson Students

Taking a marvelous 2nd in the Pebble Beach Postwar Luxury Class was this 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Cabriolet presented and restored by students of the Automotive Restoration Program at McPherson College. A huge congratulations to all those involved in what began as a dream to be accepted to our industry’s biggest event and ended by showing and placing in a field of the very best.

Alex Finigan

It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Alex Finigan. He died suddenly on Saturday April 8, 2023 of complications from pneumonia. Alex was an essential founding member of Paul Russell and Company, first as a restoration mechanic, and then as our Classic Car Sales Manager. He quickly became known for his broad knowledge of all automotive species. A glance at our Portfolio section will give some inkling as to his importance to our business, to collectors, and to his outsized impact on the classic car world. His 45 years of enduring loyalty to the Company and its clients is irreplaceable.

What’s much harder to convey is how much better he made the lives of the people under this roof who benefitted by his friendship, decency and wit. All of us here, and our many alumni, grieve the loss of a wonderful friend.

Our thoughts are with the Finigan Family and with all those whose world was made brighter for having known him.

Significant Sales

Our Sales Team has been matching new owners with incredible cars for over 44 years. Once again, this past year saw some of the most desirable collector cars in the world pass through the shop on their way to new homes. See our Classics for Sale page where we highlight some of our most significant sales of 2022.

250 GTO Reunion

Our client’s recently restored 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO No. 3413 performed admirably in what is likely the world’s most exclusive rally. The 2022 edition traversed Virginia and Tennessee on some of the most spectacular driving roads in the country, and coincided with the 60th anniversary of the 250 GTO.

This one-of-a-kind gathering of GTO owners and their cars takes place every five years and includes luxury accommodations, fine dining, unforgettable scenery, and the camaraderie of a select group of collectors who have achieved the car world’s ultimate prize. Highlights this year included track time at Virginia International Raceway, and a run down the infamous Tail of the Dragon. 3413 (third from the bottom) is seen here amongst friends.

Concours at Hampton Court

The first weekend in September saw the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale ‘Tre Posti’ continuing to delight concours attendees, just as it had during its 1966 debut. The event was the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court, held at the great Tudor palace North of London that was a favorite residence of Henry VIII. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event. The Tre Posti won in a special Ferrari class commemorating the 75th anniversary of the storied marque. The win mirrored its win last Spring in a similar class at Villa d’Este (Cavallino at 75: Eight Decades of Ferrari). This description from the event organizers says it all:

“For 2022, the Concours was celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ferrari with a very special category, assembling perhaps the finest selection of machines from Maranello ever seen in the UK. From the astonishing line-up, it was the one-of-two, nigh-mythical Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale – 

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2022

This year’s 71st edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held in the soft light that veteran attendees refer to as “concours gloom”, a cool, damp, murk not uncommon to the peninsula. No matter, the over 200 strong field representing the finest automobiles in the world provided plenty of sparkle.

We helped light up the field with two very special Ferrari restorations for two of our valued clients. Making post-restoration debuts were William and Cheryl Swanson’s 1958 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, and Harry Yeaggy’s 1962 250 GTO Series II. On this day it was the GTO that won 3rd place in the Ferrari Competition Class, while the TdF captured the “Enzo Ferrari Trophy” special award.

Awards are an honor to receive, but just as gratifying for us was that both owners insisted on taking part in Thursday’s sun-filled Tour d’Elegance. The traditional run up to Big Sur and back is easy to dismiss if you’ve never taken part, but it is a serious test. It proves that these often days-old restorations are fully-capable road cars, as well as stunning kinetic sculptures celebrated on the 18th green. For Harry Yeaggy, the tour was just a warm-up for next month’s GTO Reunion and an expected 900+ miles of spirited driving. For Colorado Grand regular Bill Swanson, he has a race-ready TdF to consider when choosing a car for that 1000-mile tour of the Rockies.

Tre Posti shines at Villa d’Este

The Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza made a welcome return to its traditional slot on the Spring calendar. Once again stunning weather, unapparelled scenery and around 50 of the most beautiful and historically significant automobiles in the world graced the shores of Lake Como.

Competing in “Cavallino at 75: Eight Decades of Ferrari Presented in Eight Icons” was our Cavallino Classic Best of Show winning 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale “Tre Posti” and our 2020 Peninsula Classics Best of the Best winning 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport. It was the Tre Posti that brought home First in Class amongst this group of Ferrari royalty.

Paul Russell and Company Center for Automotive Research Announced

We are honored to share this news from our friends at the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program. We do so with humble thanks to Richard and Melanie Lundquist, whose carefully considered philanthropy is an example for all to follow, and with whom it has been our great privilege to have collaborated with on many significant restoration projects.

The following is an excerpt from McPherson College:

With a crowd of campus community members and industry partners looking on, McPherson College dedicated the Paul Russell and Company Center for Automotive Research on May 6, 2022.

The research center, made possible through a generous gift from Richard and Melanie Lundquist, LHD, encompasses the entire south wing of Miller Library’s upper floor in a newly remodeled area. The new space is named for Paul Russell and Company, the renowned classic car restoration company with top awards from the world’s most prestigious concours events including Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance and Ville d’Este. Paul Russell has been a part of the McPherson College Auto Restoration National Advisory Board for 20 years and is currently chair of the board. Throughout his time on the board, he has hired numerous interns and staff from McPherson College.

“I hope the students will take opportunities to find out what is in this collection, to encourage ‘time travel’ and that it becomes a place to browse and discover even when you are not required to be there,” Paul Russell said about the new library. “Automotive history is interwoven with our human history and reflects and has influenced every aspect of twentieth-century life. Its study only enhances the hands-on aspect of restoration work by bringing understanding to life and times of the people who designed and built the cars when new.” Click here for the complete story.