Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Vintage Classic Specialist. Orange, California

This past Saturday I visited a good friend of mine, Rafael Gutierrez of the infamous Vintage Classic Specialist shop in Orange, California. I haven’t been to Rafa’s new shop and what a surprise! I got rubber neck from just walking in. His shop is the average VW gear head’s dream shop. Seriously.  The first thing I noticed when I entered were the original paint pre 1963 rear hatches, and one super patina’d Barndoor Deluxe rear hatch. As I kept walking I’d discover something new. So this kept going on each time I walked about 4 feet or so. He also has signs hanging all over the place, and lets not  forget all the small nostalgic trinkets laying around. During my visit he had a few customer vehicles on site, but his personal rides were more impressive. My favorite was his original paint with logos, 1957 Palm Green / Sand Green European Standard. That is one beautiful bus. Sitting right next to his impressive 57 Standard is yet another Standard. A 1960 Double Door Sunroof Mango Standard. This thing also had the original double flipper seat. RARE! Another of Rafa’s personal projects is his early 1956 Low Light Karmann Ghia with tons of NOS parts awaiting to be mounted.

 

Rafa is the main guy at West Coast Classics. He assembles all the major restorations taking place there. Rara is known in the industry for his detailed craftsmanship. A true artist on a league of his own. Rafa is all about perfection and not cutting any corners. He told me every car he assembles, he does it as if it were his ride. Chances are if you love a certain magazine featured ride, Rafa had something to do with it. Rafa’s doors are always open, whether it be for a specific job or just to come and visit his shop. Visiting his shop alone is worth it.  So if you are an out of towner, come by Rafa’s shop for a chat, or a beer.

 

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Que sitio guapo tio, cuando viajemos al sur de CA. me gustaría visitarlo!

Posted by: Fer | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Si hombre! Te cagas! El Rafa es un crack. Cuando llegas tiramos a su navé. Rafa es un Mejitano y le gustan mucho las chelas, y habla Castellano :)

Posted by: Johnny | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Awesome shop ! PGSG killed me ;-)

Thanks for sharing Johnny

Fred

Posted by: 58Fred | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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Johnny te aventastes con toda la historia, that was nice man, y tu sabes que eres bien benido tu y tus amigos. Cuidate chilango!!!

Posted by: Rafa | Sunday, February 09, 2014

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Right, iremos a tomar unas chelas!!!!!

Posted by: Fer | Sunday, February 09, 2014

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58Fred - Oui amigo. This is a killer shop to visit. Rafa's doors are always open.

Simon Pinché Rafa. Cuando llegan unos amigos, vamos a tu navé para una carne asada y chingo de chelas. Ponte de pilas mendigo!

Fer - cuando llegas Primo, vamos con el Chilango del Rafa. Es un crack este tio y su navé es muy "guapa". JODER!!!

Posted by: Johnny | Monday, February 10, 2014

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Loving the shop! Ace trinkets everywhere

Posted by: Chris | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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