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.
50 cars. 8 car classes. Buckets of rain.
An elite field of about 50 classics automobiles spread among 8 classes looked a bit more than damp at times during this year's Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend. And yet, the participant and the cars enjoyed a great camaraderie as they met the challenge. As the past year's Best of Show winner, the wonderful 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport, n.0764, was invited to return for a special display. (Check out Remi Dargegen's articles on Classic Driver for great coverage of the whole weekend.)
The inaugural Tour along the shores of Lake Como started out with bright sunshine, and finished with a good test of suspension and brakes on the narrow streets and switchbacks along the lakeside villages and across the Swiss border. The car we were debuting, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, was rewarded with a wipe-down that night, and a re-wax in the AM.
On the two show days (the Villa d'Este Concorso is followed the next day by an open show at Villa Erba, where the public gets to vote their preferences), it was a treat to see an old shop favorite: the 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta n.006M. It still looks spectacular after more than 20 years of concours events, road tours, and general enjoyment since our complete restoration. The judges agreed, granting it First in Class.
The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, n.2935GT, had a spectacular weekend. A great day of driving, followed by two days of admiration. This car, formerly owned by French actor Alain Delon, gained infamy when labelled the 'barn find' from the Baillon Collection at Artcurial’s 2015 Retromobile auction event. Following a complete and authentic restoration to its 1961 factory condition, it was awarded a First in Class.
Best of Shows
23 of our clients' cars have won 48 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.
Vehicle Storage at Essex Falls Coach House
Paul Russell and Company is proud to announce the completion of a new aspect of their commitment to the preservation of fine automobiles: the conversion of a 9,600 sq. ft. warehouse space into a secure, heated, discreet, car and motorcycle storage facility, operating as Essex Falls Coach House.
Conceived as a dedicated storage facility, incorporating state-of-the-art lighting and flooring, plus fire, burglary and video surveillance, there will be no service work performed within the Coach House and minimal car movement.
Essex Falls Coach House is offers multi-car, long-term storage incentives. Short term contracts are also available. To reserve space, email or phone 978-890-7083.
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.
Current Job Openings
Join our Team
Do you have fundamental automotive restoration skills, and a passion for classic European cars? Visit Our Workshop for complete job descriptions and workplace benefits, then complete the simple on-line application form. (Sorry, walk-in candidates cannot be accommodated.)
Full-time positions currently available:
- Automotive Metal Shaper
The ideal candidate has notable experience working with pre-WW II through 1960s vehicles, specifically European marques...
- Auto Body Technician/Painter
We are looking for an "all around" Auto Body Technician with a broad range of body restoration skills...
- Auto Restoration Mechanic
Our technicians work closely with all other departments during disassembly, reassembly, and component rebuilding...
Get Out and Drive
Much is made of the Concours awards and accolades our great and historic restored cars receive - and deservedly so. Yet all dimensions of car collecting are important and rewarding. The driving experience adds so much to round out an owners understanding of and appreciation for their classic. While an actual vintage track event may be beyond an owner's interest, there are a growing number of days-long road rallies being hosted both here and abroad. Local tours are being added on the traditional show field events, and other enthusiasts are organizing caravans leading up to an event.
The sound track, the smells, and even the dynamic image of the car is so different than the view on the lawn. There is great satisfaction in driving a good performing car while leading, or following, a companion classic along winding country roads. McKeel Hagerty from Hagerty Insurance recently hosted an event through some fondly-remembered driving roads of central California, inviting a wide-ranging mix of both concours and unrestored classics. The fall is the time for the perennial favorite Colorado Grand, with the New England 1000 and the 300SL Classic following close on its heels. Tours can be day long or week long, hosted by car clubs or private organizations, limited to a particular marque or era, or wide-open to all.