Larry Alexander

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Lorenzo Vignola Alexander (02.22.1931 - 08.25.2010) was a legendary customizer born in Detroit, Michigan. Larry was the first of four brothers, and together with his younger brother Mike Alexander he formed the duo known as the Alexander Brothers.
Mike posing next to their 1931 Ford Model A Coupe. This photo was taken by Lee Ewald or his buddy Walter Young. Lee lived on the next block over from Larry, in the Brightmoor section of Detroit. "My street was Blackstone, and that second garage they worked in was on Westbrook," Lee told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2014. The photo was taken on the side street of Westbrook and Eaton. "The garage where they worked would have been behind the house and to the left of the photo." Lee recalled Mike and Larry driving the coupe around the neighborhood. "I loved seeing that car driving around, and it prompted me to buy a Model A and fix it up." The car was in gray primer when Lee shot it, but he recalled that it was painted metallic green in the garage not long after he took the photo. The two-tone 1956 Ford in the street belonged to Lee's dad, and Lee drove it over to their place that day. Photo courtesy of Lee Ewald.
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Larry and Mike of the Alexander Brothers duo.
A photo of Mike and Larry from The Brad Masterson Collection.
Alexander Bros. Custom Shop - Specialists in Custom Painting and Metalwork. Styling consultants for AMT Corporation and Ford Custom Car Caravan. This card was donated by Lee Bailey, and it was given to him by Mike and Larry Alexander when he did an article on their custom shop for his high school newspaper in 1962. Photo from The Kustomrama Business Card Collection.
Larry with the Deora.[1]
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Larry and Mike Alexander in 2004. Photo courtesy of Custom Rodders.[2]
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Lorenzo Vignola Alexander (02.22.1931 - 08.25.2010)[3] was a legendary customizer born in Detroit, Michigan. Larry was the first of four brothers, and together with his younger brother Mike Alexander he formed the duo known as the Alexander Brothers.


In 1948 Mike joined the army. He ad messed with cars long before he got drafter, and after his discharge he studied body and fender work at the Wolverine Trade School. In 1954 Mike was discharged from his 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 Highway near Evergreen Road in Detroit.

After loosing their shop for the second time in 1968 due to highway expansion Larry was tired and went on to find a straight job at Ford. A job that gave him the chance to work in the body engineering department as a metal model maker.


After a mini stroke Larry Passed away in the hospital August 25, 2010.[4] When he died, Larry was an active member of the Downriver Model Car Club. He was living in Westland, Michigan but he had considered leaving the area to be with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.[5]


Larry Alexander's Cars

The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Coupe


References


Sources

www.customrodder.com




 

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