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Legendary Customizer Lorenzo (Larry) Vignola Alexander Passes Away
 Feb. 22-1931 - Aug..25. 2010

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After a mini stroke Larry Passed away in the hospital August 25, 2010. He was 79 years old. When he died, Larry was an active member of the Downriver Model Car Club. He was living in Westland, Michigan.

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Larry Alexander Photo Courtesy Kustomrama

Larry was the first of four brothers, and together with his younger brother Mike Alexander he formed the duo known as the Alexander Brothers

Larry and Mike Alexander in 2004. Photo courtesy of Custom Rodders and Kustomrama

In 1948 Mike joined the army. He had messed with cars long before he got drafted, and after his discharge he studied body and fender work at the Wolverine Trade School. In 1954 Mike was discharged from the service, and Larry convinced Mike to also study bodywork and paint theory under his GI Bill. The brothers began to work in their father's one-car garage after hours, shaving trim, filling holes, and doing regular repairs. Larry's burgeoning family prompted him to buy a house, and the brothers quickly reestablished the shop in its two-car garage. At one point they realized the work coming in was enough to sustain a full-time endeavor, so in 1957 they quit their day jobs and concentrated on growing their business. In 1957 Mike and Larry opened up the Alexander Brothers Custom Shop on Northwestern

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The Alexander Brothers at their shop. Photo by Bill Neumann

Highway near Evergreen Road in Detroit. During that time they built some of the more well known custom’s of our time.

After loosing their shop for the second time in 1968 due to highway expansion Larry was tired and went on to work at Ford as a model builder.

We have lost two great Customizers this year, Larry Watson and now Larry Alexander. Our condolences to the Alexander family....He will not be forgotten!

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