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.
Portfolio: 166 Spyder Corsa
The 1948 166 Spyder Corsa, chassis 016 I, has been added to our Portfolio section. The first Ferrari to be raced in the US, and the first Ferrari to win a US race - driven by the great Briggs Cunningham. This historic Spyder was authentically restored on behalf of the renowned Revs Institute Collier Collection. Pictured here during the Cunningham Gathering held during the 2013 Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park (CT).
Lime Rock Historic Celebrates M-B Competition Cars
The Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance, held during Historic Festival 33 at Lime Rock Park (CT) this Labor Day weekend, was an amazing lineup of Mercedes-Benz competition cars, presided over by driving greats Jochen Mass and Stirling Moss. Our portfolio of work was well represented, as some of the show winners consisted of former restoration and current preservation clients.
The dramatic 1930 'Count Trossi' SSK (center picture), a restoration we completed in 1993, was awarded Best of Show.
The authentically restored 1939 W154 'Silver Arrow' (race number 6, above), debuted on the Lime Rock track in 2009, won First in the special feature class.
True to the philosophy of The Revs Institute and Miles Collier, that proper preservation and public education includes exercise and demonstration, the 1939 Mercedes W154 GP car was given some spirited runs around the track during the weekend’s historic racing activities, piloted by the great F1 and Le Mans veteran Jochen Mass.
Also on hand were two 300SL Roadsters, which we preserve in running condition for their owners. One Roadster won the Preservation class, and the other (shown above) won the 300SL class.
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.
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A Study in Contrasts at Pebble Beach
Fresh from our workshop, following a cosmetic body and upholstery restoration, we brought Ferrari’s first production long wheelbase (LWB) 250 GT California Spyder, chassis number 0919GT. This Scaglietti body was fitted with covered headlights, and a number of features unique to the first Californias. After the Tour d’Elegance, followed by Friday’s day of coastal cruising, and then looking quite elegant on the show field, the owners and crew were well pleased with its 2nd place result amongst a very strong class (M-1: Ferrari Grand Touring).
The other Ferrari we brought to Monterey was an unrestored “barn-find”, the 1961 short wheelbase (SWB) California Spyder from the Baillion Collection. This car was one of a hundred or so classic European cars tucked away for decades on a farm in France. Some of the cars from this collection will require significant resources to bring them back to life. This car is no exception.
Before the event we performed a mechanical recommissioning, offering the new owners the option to drive it on the Tour. There was a lot of talk on the day as to whether an old, unrestored, dusty car has any right to be on the Pebble Beach show field. The public clearly enjoyed this study in contrasts.