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February 9, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
A secluded treasure of downtown Los Angeles is to be dispersed before the bankers, brokers and cops on the beat even knew it was there. It's the Thomas Collection, a coven of 100 Cadillacs formed by one man's passion into a general chronology of the marque and an echo of America's belle epoque . For 25 years the museum has been hidden on the sixth floor of the venerable Thomas Cadillac building on West 7th Street at Bixel.
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May 5, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
LaRue C. Thomas, who founded downtown's Thomas Cadillac and amassed a collection of about 100 classic luxury cars, has died. He was 93. Thomas died Friday in Rancho Palos Verdes of unspecified causes. A native of Plattsmouth, Neb., who grew up in Southern California, Thomas began buying old cars, refurbishing them and selling them when he was a teenager. At 21, he went into the garage and car sales business with his father, Cecil, in San Pedro.
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May 5, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
LaRue C. Thomas, who founded downtown's Thomas Cadillac and amassed a collection of about 100 classic luxury cars, has died. He was 93. Thomas died Friday in Rancho Palos Verdes of unspecified causes. A native of Plattsmouth, Neb., who grew up in Southern California, Thomas began buying old cars, refurbishing them and selling them when he was a teenager. At 21, he went into the garage and car sales business with his father, Cecil, in San Pedro.
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February 9, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
A secluded treasure of downtown Los Angeles is to be dispersed before the bankers, brokers and cops on the beat even knew it was there. It's the Thomas Collection, a coven of 100 Cadillacs formed by one man's passion into a general chronology of the marque and an echo of America's belle epoque . For 25 years the museum has been hidden on the sixth floor of the venerable Thomas Cadillac building on West 7th Street at Bixel.
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