The automotive heart of the American West Coast beats in Burbank, Pasadena or Glendale. Nowhere else in the USA are there as many specialist workshops. Around half an hour’s drive to the north of the suburban sprawl of Los Angeles, accident-damaged cars are turned into classics, hot rods are created and recent classics are brought back to showroom condition.
One of these specialists is J. G. Francis, aged just over 40 and decidedly casual in appearance, with a five-day beard, jeans and a vintage shirt. He fell in love with Mercedes-Benz cars just under 15 years ago and ever since has devoted himself to turning older and more recent models bearing the star into sought-after classics. And the customers certainly keep him busy.