Meet Owner, Phil Spahr!

You could say that Phil Spahr knows his stuff.  Especially Car Stuff.

Phil Spahr at Russell's Auto Salon.

After a brief stint as an Ohio Buckeye at Ohio State University (he’s still a huge fan), Phil made his move to Boulder in 1974 and began a career as an auto painter working for Continental Coach Rebuilders.  Since then he has perfected and refined his skills, working across the country on every make and model available – Toyota, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Dodge,  Audi, Ford, Chevrolet, Mitsuibishi, Ferrari – you name it.

So it’s no surprise that Phil found the beautiful town of Steamboat Springs to both find a home and further his career.  He gained a position at Russell’s Auto Salon, and soon after purchased the business, along with partners Terry Paulsen and Don Gittleson, in November of 1990.

Phil has helped grow business into what it is today, one that many locals would rightfully term the “best auto body shop in Steamboat.”  If you want your car back into the condition it was “pre-accident,”  Russell’s Auto Salon is the place to go.  Phil has a staff of experts who have been with him for years (some, decades!), and their experience is evident in their work.

Needless to say, running the largest auto body shop in Steamboat means Phil is at the shop a lot.  But he does get away now and then, and when he does, he likes to fish and hunt (pheasant and turkey).  Often his hunting adventures take him to Kansas, which happens to be the home of his favorite restaurant: Big Ed’s Steakhouse in Bird City.

You will indeed find that, if you speak with Phil, he knows his stuff…something you want in the person in charge of getting your vehicle repaired!


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  2. Mr. Spahr is faithful and true and will do you good.

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