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  1. epdowd

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    I was looking at a series of ads for Hollywood Sports Cars in some 1975 issues of Ferrari (the FOC magazine) and noticed they included an address of 1934 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills in addition to the normal 5766 Hollywood Blvd. Now Beverly Hills is in the 9000 block of Wilshire and the 1900 block is in the McArthur Park area of Los Angeles; not your typical Ferrari locale. Can anybody shed some light on this?
     
  2. rossodino

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    I was in the Beverly Hills store in 1973, it was located next to Hillcrest Cadillac on Wilshire Blvd. As far as the address is concerned, perhaps it was a typo and should have been 9340 Wilshire you knows? It was a small 3 car showroom.
     
  3. Jeff Kennedy

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    There was the main store in Hollywood then then the service department for the Ferraris on Gower.

    If I remember correctly the Ferrari of Beverly Hills was originally a Hollywood Sports Car entity but later FNA forced the sale to FNA to become a company store.

    Jeff
     
  4. epdowd

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    Sounds reasonable to me but there must have been a bunch of disappointed Ferrari owners wandering around McArthur Park in the '70's. The ad and address were the back cover of the Ferrari Owners Club newsletter for the year and a half of issues that I have.
     
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  5. jlonmark

    jlonmark F1 Rookie

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    I remember my dad put a deposit in 1985 down on the Testarossa and I think the dealership closed shortly after.
     
  6. dretceterini

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    Hollywood Sports cars (the Vandegraffs) was just east of the Hollywood Freeway on Hollywood Blvd in the 1960s.
     
  7. 410SA

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    Chick Vandergriff, the father, ran Hollywood. His son Chris Vandergriff opened the current Ferrari of Beverly Hills in early 1984 with Factory backing. He was promised the dealership for himself but the then FNA administration under Buitoni (of the famous pasta family) had other ideas. Chris was removed about a year later and the factory later gave the store to a a Ferrari family member.
     
  8. prance

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    I bought a 1987 328GTS in 1988 from Chris. As I remember the dealership was around for a couple of years after that. After my warranty expired, around 1990, I started going to Bruno on La Brea and lost contact with Hollywood Sport Cars. I do remember Chris telling me that he had a law degree and only intended to stay in the Ferrari business as long as the market was crazy and afterwards he would practice law. He mentioned that he had made a fortune buying and selling cars during that period.
    Morris
     
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  9. dretceterini

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    Yes, but both Chris and Skip both worked at the Hollywood Blvd store (which also sold some British cars) before the Wilshire Blvd store opened (it was foremerly a Fiat dealership!)
     
  10. dretceterini

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    Chris is a big shot at one of the vintage racing associations on the west coast. I think it's HMSA....
     
  11. Jeff Kennedy

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    I remember the dealership having the British range (specifically recall Jaguar) plus Ferrari and Maserati.

    Jeff
     
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  13. 410SA

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    I just noticed that I posted 1984 instead of 1994. That's when FoBH opened.
     
  14. Peter

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    The last time I was in L.A. was back in '94 and drove by to check them out and it had looked like they had just closed. The signs were still up, yet there were loads of graffiti on the walls of the building and was generally quite trashed (office chairs and filing cabinets strewn about the parking lot).

    I was quite saddened to see that. The first time I visited was back in '88 and I was 12 years old at the time. They were very friendly and showed me around the place, they let me take pictures (I nearly s*** my pants when I saw they had TWO 288 GTO's in the showroom!!!) and at at the end of the "tour" one of the managers gave me a poster of Michelle Alboreto driving one of the F1 cars... It was an experience I still vividly remember, even while typing this...
     
  15. of2worlds

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    Didn't Chris provide a 288 GTO for the story in the American magazine 'AUTOMOBILE' about 1985?
    CH
     
  16. Randy Forbes

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    The trip Dan Gurney took up Mrs. Orcutt's driveway; I have that issue and could verify...
     
  17. ferrariblex

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    I have an original Ferrari full-line brochure printed by Hollywood Sports Cars that covers the 365 GT 2+2, 365 GTB/4, and 365 GTC/4. There is a picture of a Ferrari 512 S race car on the cover of the brochure along with two of their addresses posted:

    Hollywood Sports Cars
    5766 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, Calif.
    (213)464-6166

    Newport Imports
    3100 West Coast Highway
    Newport Beach, California 92660

    The brochure is also stamped with a 3rd address with I believe is the name of a salesman that worked there at the time:

    Please ask for:
    Dave Lewis C/O
    Hollywood Sports Cars
    5768 Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood, Calif. 90028

    I think it would be really cool if someone could post some original photos of the dealership from the past!
     
  18. Jack-the-lad

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    At some point did the name change from "SPORT CARS" to "SPORTS CARS" or were these two different entities?
     
  19. davemqv

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    Hi Jack,

    I may be wrong but as far as I know there was only Hollywood Sport Cars.

    I don't think there was ever a "Hollywood Sports Cars". I think it sometimes gets written that way incorrectly because at least in the US that's how we usually say it - "sports cars".

    All best!
    Dave
     
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  20. Jack-the-lad

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    Thanks, Dave. I think you're right.

    Jack
     
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  21. bighitter2

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    I beleive, there was another store that belonged to this organization in Newport Beach Ca called Newport Sport Cars? I was selling Alfas at Beach Imports about a half mile south on PCH in 1973 saw / heard a mechanic doing a PDI with a Sliver Daytona comong down PCH at what sounded like 1 st gear,with the exhaust note echoing between the buildings ( never have forgotten that)i went in to apply for a job selling Ferraris...funny thing was they had a new 365 GTC/4 on the showroom but everything else was sold before it came in..i probably would have starved as the job was commission based...but at 24 i thought it would cool..grabbed a broshure with Daytona/dino/GTC with a 512 on the back and it was stamped " Hollywood Sport Cars" tapped it on the wall in my bedroom( still have it) eventually did buy a Daytona in 1999( still have it too) interesting how we are impressed,Chuck Coli
     
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  22. ferrari1971

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    Was there Ferrari Dealership at 9111 Wilshire Blvd in 1980 , corner of Wilshire and Oakhurst. There is a scene in American Gigolo that Richard Gere (Julian Kaye) is on a payphone and there is a Ferrari dealership in the background. It shows the street sign in the background.
     
  23. bernardo66

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  24. 375+

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    I have a copy of this brochure somewhere . . .
     

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