July 30, 1998 |
Old masters of classic automotive arts worked with rich Morocco leathers, hand-rubbed walnut woods and thick nickel plate. They were the coach builders, carrosiers of the '30s who crafted custom cars. George Barris is more mainstream San Fernando Valley, creating with fiberglass and metal-flake lacquers over buffed Bondo.
November 7, 2001 |
If it can be added to, fastened on or installed in a car or truck, chances are it can be found at the automotive aftermarket extravaganza known as the SEMA show, which ended its annual four-day run at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week. The trade show--which draws exhibitors and buyers of automotive performance and appearance parts from around the globe--is a prime indicator of trends.
September 21, 2005 |
Henrik Fisker's business plan revolves around peeling off the exterior of a new Mercedes-Benz or BMW and ripping out most of the interior, then creating a head-turning exotic car from what remains. The limited-edition luxury-performance models from Fisker Coachbuild will ride much like the originals but will cost $128,000 over the sticker price. That's right: A Fisker will run you a cool $200,000 to $300,000 -- with a $50,000 down payment required.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 |
"Companero, how do they treat you here?" The stranger addressed Manuel Varela, a worker at Nary's Hand Car Wash on Beverly Boulevard, in Spanish. "Badly," Varela answered, continuing to pass tickets to motorists as they pulled in. Curious, Gabriel Chavez crawled out of the car he was vacuuming. Keeping his gaze on the small window that the owner used to peer at his workers, he stepped toward the visitor, out of his boss' sightline. "Do you know you have rights?" the stranger asked Chavez.
July 30, 1998 |
They were artisans and artists, men who crafted to order and gave beauty and elegance to cast-iron, clunky and almost ugly motorcars. And as surely as Tiffany created art nouveau and Chippendale begat rococo furniture, these so-called bespoke, or custom, automobile designers were the roots of a chic industry within an indulgent era and keepers of a phrase that still says it all: carriage trade.
May 23, 2007 |
When 7-foot-1, 325-pound Shaquille O'Neal couldn't fit into his new ground-hugging, $200,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, the former Laker center turned to an Orange County family to do a little magic. The Gaffoglios of Fountain Valley meticulously extended the doors, roof and side windows so the towering O'Neal could drive in comfort in what is now one of the longest Lamborghinis in the world. Bending and twisting cars into all kinds of shapes is nothing new to the Gaffoglio family.
July 16, 2006 |
Like they have most every Saturday morning for the last 40 years and more, the Ruelas brothers are just getting down to work, bent over one primer-gray ghost of a car or another. The cluttered, grease-stained yard is filled with them--relics that are sensuous arrangements of curves, spheres and dovetailing angles; a scatter of grilles from Buicks and Bentleys and late-'30s and -'40s Chevys; carriages and front ends all rusted out in tones of aging sepia photographs.
November 26, 1989 |
First Interstate World Center in downtown Los Angeles opened last week with Arthur Andersen & Co. as its first tenant--marking completion of the tallest tower in the western United States. The $350-million project boasts 73 stories and about 1.5 million square feet. An astounding 80% has been pre-leased, with tenants such as First Interstate Bancorp, law firm Latham & Watkins, Pacific Enterprises and Arthur Andersen taking the lion's share.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1993 |
Mario Zavala thinks he would have avoided joining a gang even if the Salvation Army's anti-gang program didn't exist. But you never know, he said. "When we were freshmen, we would hang out with the gangs and dress like them," said Zavala, a 16-year-old junior at Gilbert Continuation High School. "We didn't get very good grades. People would drink. They would want us to drink. I know three or four guys who got lost in the gangs. I had a cousin who got run over and killed by a rival gang.