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L.A. Auto Show: Hot rods, custom cars and Hollywood vehicles on display

November 20, 2013|By W.J. Hennigan

While many visitors were falling over themselves to see the newest cars at the Los Angeles Auto Show, more than 60 historic and unique vehicles were displayed outside.

Hot rods, custom rides, and well-known movie cars filled the parking lot in front of the L.A. Convention Center to celebrate Southern California’s car culture.

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“We’ve made a lot of changes to the 2013 show, and we feel the Motoring Invitational is one that recognizes the city’s unique car culture and unofficial title as the automotive capital of the world,” said Lisa Kaz, president of the L.A. Auto Show and Connected Car Expo.

There were old Hollywood cars, including the hell-for-leather 1949 Mercury dubbed "Hell's Chariot" from "Grease," along with the Petersen Automotive Museum's maroon 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Ghia Coupe once owned by actress Rita Hayworth.

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Famed “King of Kustomizers” and industry legend George Barris of North Hollywood showcased replicas of his iconic TV cars: The Munster Koach and Batmobile.

There were also hot rods. L.A. Porsche 911 collector and restorer Magnus Walker showed off his modified 1971 Porsche 911T. A So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona was on hand with a 1932 Ford "Deuce Coupe."


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