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Ode to Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories (AMG West)

I so miss this place. It was the ultimate w126 customization place, and the closest a West Coast'er could have gotten to Affterlbach.

I frequented the Laguna Seca Historics in the 80's (beginning in '81, '82, '84, '85, and '88), and always frequented their booth there. Even had a SL go-kart with a gas engine and a working clutch/2 spd trans and reverse!

Now, how did this all get into Barry Taylor's hands??


Someone mentioned from the Alfa BB:

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apologize that this is a little late to your conversation but I just happened across your forum this evening and thought my years at BHMA ('84-'93) might shed a little light on the subject.

BHMA covers were manufactured by Covercraft Industries. What set them apart was they were 100% cotton vs. the poly cotton blends used by other companies (including Covercraft's own brand). In the 90s, California Car Covers was using 100% cotton (in gray instead of the BHMA signature blue).

Polycotton covers tend to last longer than 100% cotton but the poly fibers *could* scratch a very delicate finish. If you have a good wax job, you probably aren't going to hurt the paint.

I'd look for any Covercraft custom fit (not their universal fit) cover, and decide which fabric means your needs. Covercraft patterns are the best fitting around.

For the curious and history buffs -

Jim DeFrank (California Car Cover) left to start CCC a number of years prior to the change of ownership of BHMA.

Andy Cohen eventually sold BHMA to an investment group and started a new business, Beverly Hills Classic Cars, an exotic car sales company.

BHCC is located at 209 S. Robertson in the old BHMA AMG showroom which locals will remember was across the street from the BHMA retail store. BHMA was the west coast distributor for customized Mercedes AMGs before MBZ bought AMG and folded AMG into their line.

The "new" BHMA struggled on for a couple of years as a catalog and website before finally going under.

Thanks for sending me down memory lane, lol. My years at BHMA were some of the best of times and Andy Cohen was like having an extra big brother.

Here's pics of cars purportedly out of BHMA (including my very own 300CE!)
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I understand that the metal-only ducktail conversions were Westmont-exclusive items, even in collobration with BHMA. Seems that only one guy knew how to do the job.

Also that after 1986, the 3-piece requirement for AMG badges went "out the door" and anything was for sale then.

I KNOW someone here had a full PDF scan of the BHMA catalog (1984 or 85) care to post it here?
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David... here's the link to the Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories catalog from 1984 (I think) that Cascade and Justinwrock scanned and posted.
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I understand that the metal-only ducktail conversions were Westmont-exclusive items, even in collobration with BHMA. Seems that only one guy knew how to do the job.
Is that the ducktail which is sort of integrated in/on the W124's trunk? Doesn't look like a spoiler, just a different model trunk right? I've only seen it on two cars I think, a red and a silver W124 300E 6.0 and I see your CE has it too. Nice!



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- a direct link to the scans!

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126...talogue-3.html

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David... here's the link to the Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories catalog from 1984 (I think) that Cascade and Justinwrock scanned and posted.
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My Hammer has the smoothed in Ducktail. POS's 300E 3.2 AMG had it as well. They were both done @ Westmont.

Trunk lids are stock as are the rear fenders..you can see where the bits are spot welded etc...

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These are photos of the welds on my old 300E 3.2 AMG:




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POS, I've been looking for pics of that car for awhile now, but never could seem to find any live due to expired photobucket accounts.

Yes the CE's ducktail is all-metal. It has an m103 out of a TE wagon, yet has a LSD, so had to have something exotic. The car came originally out of L.A. for Chip Ganassi (Target F1 team owner), as his personal ride back in 1989 - thats how the car got its BHMA provenance. The thing is, Westmont/BHMA co-peration on cars (i.e. Westmont does the ducktail, but who does the rear fenders? BHMA or Westmont, too?)

The front spoiler bugs me as it is not correct for a '89 though. Unless they used off the shelf parts (earlier version).

BTW, no need to mention - the ///AMG is coming off for a painted period-correct AMG emblem on the left side

(btw thats cascade at the wheel...someone HAD to be the one to take the pictures! )

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Your car is super nice.
My 300 CE took me down to the KS road.
A dream to have one, one day!

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