Hugo continues to seek out material on Russells and shares this. It is captioned as 1914, but could be 1913. Can anyone shed further light on this one?
Update from John:
The Russell is indeed a 1914. It was first collected and “restored” by Joe Gest, and I think he found it in Montreal. It probably went from him to Herb O’Connell, also of Montreal, then to a collector in Victoriaville, QC. He had a collection that included a two cylinder Ford, maybe a Hupmobile and several other early-ish cars, mostly poorly restored. After his death, a lawyer/old car guy who lived nearby sold the cars on behalf of the estate. The Russell was advertised in Hemmings at a time when I was between cars. I flew to Montreal and took a rental car to look at it. It was really quite a beautiful car with nice original upholstery, huge brass headlights (well, brass with nickel rims) and an impressive brass radiator. At my request, they had it running. It has a 24 volt Bijur starter-generator incorporated into the flywheel. It started noiselessly, then ran very quietly. There was some smoke, but it wasn’t horrendous. It had a working pressurized fuel system, Warner speedometer, and a bunch of other nice features.
I put in an offer which was promptly used as a starting point to get a higher bid from a member of the Russell family (a Mrs. Anderson, perhaps?). The car was professionally restored by someone who didn’t know a whole lot about early cars, but it looked nice when completed. It was subsequently donated to the National Science Museum in Ottawa, and it’s still there, in storage.
I really liked this car and was sorry when I didn’t get it.
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