by Rafael Abramyan
For the past 2 decades, I have been involved with a couple Buick restoration projects, primarily to reupholster pre-war and 1950s Buick interiors to their original factory conditions, most recently a 1952 Buick Roadmaster from the 2009 film "Give 'Em Hell Malone".
I have earned much praise for my custom Buick upholstery skills.
Although the majority of my auto upholstery services still fall in the category of reupholstering European classic & exotic sports car interiors, with a specialty in Jaguar restoration, I still enjoy reupholstering classic American cars.
Buick auto upholstery and restoration projects, please contact:
Car Classic Interiors
15735 Strathern Street
Los Angeles, CA 91406
April 2012: I restored the full interior of this black pre-war 1938 Buick Special. The customer wanted the original colors of light brown/tan with high-quality upholstery.
This 4-door sedan, with its suicide doors and 322-cubic-inch 120 horsepower V-8, is truly a rare find when you consider it's almost 75 years old! I love its long, swept-back lines, scalloped hubcaps, and distinctive grille.
My pictures show each stage before, during, and after the restoration process.
February 2013: Although my specialty is reupholstering vintage European cars, once in a while I will restore a classic American car, usually from the 1950s, like a gorgeous 1956 Ford Thunderbird.
My client, who chairs a Los Angeles based company that produces and distributes international co-productions of English language motion pictures, hired me to restore his classic 1952 Buick Roadmaster.
Thomas Jane in the 2009 film "Give 'Em Hell Malone" drove a 1952 Buick Roadmaster. My client asked me to mount a custom engraved copper plate that mentions this.
When this car underwent its exterior restoration and mechanical/electrical work offsite, I reupholstered its interior parts at my upholstery shop. My client chose custom pumpkin orange interior.
The client has asked me to mount new 245/60R14 tires by BF Goodrich and OUTLAW I machined silver wheels by American Racing.
I estimate the value of this fully restored 1952 Buick to be over $70,000 USD. To read more, read my post on my Google+ Profile. Click "Add to circles" when you visit.