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.
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.
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).
Current full-time positions available are:
"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.
Motor City Mingle at St. John's Concours
Long-time friend to the shop and avid automobile enthusiast Jean Jennings invites you to the dinner and fundraiser to be held in conjunction with the RM Auction at the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. Should be great fun with Jean as MC and Detroit rocker Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels supplying the music.
This "Motor City Mingle" will benefit the JDRF, the only global diabetes foundation with a strategic plan to end type 1 diabetes. The event takes place on July 30 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. Interested JDRF donors have the opportunity to bid on these exclusive packages regardless of attendance at the event or geographic location.
Items on offer include a High Performance Driving Package with two days of track instruction, a Super Bowl Package including 2 tickets to the 2017 game, and transportation plus lodging to enjoy 3 days of New York Fashion Week. Or, do you have a car you would like to donate? For more information, go to CONCOURSUSA.ORG.