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.
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 his service, and Larry convinced Mike also to 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 losing their shop for the second time in 1968 due to highway expansion, Larry was tired and found a straight job at Ford. A job that gave him a chance to work in the body engineering department as a metal model maker.
After a mini stroke, Larry Passed away in the hospital on August 25, 2010. 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.
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