The History Of California Custom Coach Continues

It goes back to the 1930′s… 

Auburn, Indiana was a center of the automobile industry. The Auburn Automobile Company produced three of the most beautiful cars ever designed, the Auburn, the Cord, and the Duesenberg.

The Auburn Boattail Speedsters were a signature design of Al Leamy in the earlier days of the Auburn Automobile Company. Gordon Buehrig, designer of the revolutionary Cord 810, added his own interpretation after Leamy left the company in 1934. August Duesenberg adapted a supercharger to the quiet 8-cylinder side-valve Lycoming engine. That boosted the power-rating from 115hp to 150hp and gave it a satisfying musical whistle into the bargain. The ‘blower’ also to be the pretext for adding those superbly decorative exhaust pipes.

The new car was an immediate hit. Almost without realizing what he was doing, Buehrig had turned out an absolute masterpiece. The jet-set had never seen anything like it.

About 500 of the Auburn 851/852 Speedsters were built during 1935 and 1936.

The Genius Ideas – 1970′s/1980′s

Pasadena, California – The solid gold planet of Beverly Hills. Two veterans from the Hollywood studios found California Custom Coach Inc.

Back In Style – 2010′s

Fast forward to 2010. California Custom Coach was only remembered for the cars built in the 1970s and 1980s. What stuck was a reputation for being the best reproduction car maker in the industry.

Over a year was spent in research and development, designing a brand new chassis, modernizing the design, and setting-up production.

The result: a more rigid and better balanced chassis; modern powertrains fitted to the car; reliable and high-performing engines and transmissions; top of the line custom gauges; a/c comfort; and a premium sound system. All added to the beauty and quality of that splendid machine. Last but not least, unique and real functioning ceramic-coated headers, just like the original.

What was not changed is California Custom Coach’s tradition to use only the best materials: each made to order car uses several full hides of Connolly Leather, hand-stitched by highly skilled craftsmen; the 100% Wilton wool carpets are hand cut and installed. The soft top headers are hand carved and polished of solid pieces of oak. This attention to detail will never be matched by any production line.

California Custom Coach today operates out of North Texas with offices in Las Colinas, Texas and production in Cleburne, Texas. Marketing activities for North and South America are also located in Texas.

Western and Eastern European sales, as well as sales to the Middle East are conducted from the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

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Photo credit: Bugatti
Photo credit: Bugatti
Photo credit: Bugatti
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Auto China Beijing 2014 – World premiere for “Black Bess”

Here are the exclusive shots from the first Press Day at the Auto China in Bejing.

With its fifth model in the six-part “Les Légendes de Bugatti” (Bugatti Legends) Edition, Bugatti has revived the legendary Type 18 “Black Bess”, which went down in automotive history as one of the first ever street legal super sports cars. At the upcoming Auto China motor show in Beijing (from 21 to 29 April) the French luxury manufacturer will be presenting as a world premiere the modern interpretation of the Type 18, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Black Bess”.

As one of the fastest road vehicles in the world at the time, the Type 18 “Black Bess” is a direct forerunner of today’s world speed record-holding Bugatti Veyron.

Fuel consumption, l/100km: 37.2 in urban areas / 14.9 in extra urban areas / 23.1 combined; combined CO2 emissions g/km: 539; efficiency class: G


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