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.
Ministering to the car collector scene across Florida
The week began a day late, as Paul and senior technician Chris Hammond dealt with a winter weather flight delay. Arriving at the Revs Institute on Sunday evening, they just managed to get set-up for their presentations in the "Preserving the Future of the Past" program, discussing the processes and challenges encountered in the re-restoration of Miles Collier's historic 1951 Porsche 356SL in two modules and serving on a discussion panel in another.
After three thought provoking days at the 10th Biennial "Meaningful Car Symposium", Thursday began early, driving across Florida, and performing a pre-purchase inspection on behalf of a client along the way.
Friday morning was for meeting with the car transporters and the car owners, unloading the cars that had left our shop a few days earlier. This group included a historic Ferrari 250GT Interim Berlinetta, sent to our shop for service before Amelia and its return to the Simeone Museum for owner Luigi Chinetti Jr.
Also on the truck was the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, debuted in 2016, and the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, debuted in 1995. Both cars had been back at our shop for freshening and service work in anticipation of the Amelia Island Concours weekend.
Both Friday and Saturday occupied Sales manager Alex Finigan and protégé Evan Clary surveying the available auction cars and the state of the market, and reporting back to clients.
Show day Sunday, cars start lining up before dawn awaiting access to the show field. This year we had the generous help of some students from the Auto Restoration program at McPherson College to escort and help present cars to the judges on the field. Paul was already off to his Judge's Meeting.
On the day of the Concours, the Collier Museum proudly presented the freshly restored Porsche 356SL. The red Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (pictured, above) won an Amelia Award. Two of our 'mature' restorations were top award recipients: the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster (on the right), was presented with the Chopard Timeless Excellence Award, and the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier (on the left), which we debuted in 2006, won Best of Show.
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...
Lousy weather, great cars, great people.
In spite of the pouring rain on Saturday, very few entrants declined to brave the elements at the 28th Cavallino Classic. Opening the weekend on Thursday, the 1958 Ferrari 335 Sport n.0764 was featured as one of three cars chosen for the restoration seminar. After an explanation of the development and history of the car, and the restoration process, the audience was invited to ask questions of their own about the car.
This year, event chairman John Barnes highlighted the big displacement V-12 sport racers from the late 1950s. All three of the surviving 335 Sports were center stage on the putting green at Cavallino.
Back in 2014, this extraordinary 335S participated in the track events and concorso at Cavallino, when it was awarded the Ferrari Spirit Cup. Since that time, the car has been completely and authentically restored to it’s Daytona winning livery, resulting in numerous Best of Show awards.
The 335 Sport of Andreas and Frederike Mohringer won a Platinum Award in their class. And then, among the Testa Rossas, TdFs, SWBs, Californias, Superamericas, etc, went on to be chosen for the "Best in Show" Cavallino Cup.