Larry Alexander

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Larry and Mike of the Alexander Brothers duo.
Larry with the Deora.[1]
Larry and Mike Alexander in 2004. Photo courtesy of Custom Rodders.[2]

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]




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