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    Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:15:32

    James Hetfield-Built Black Pearl Car to Be Featured at Los Angeles Auto Show - It takes place November 18 through November 30

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    James Hetfield, frontman of Metallica, is a gearhead. His love of cars and hot rods is well-documented. If you are a gearhead and live in L.A., then get thee to the car showery (we're totally paraphrasing Hamlet in a ridic way there!) at the end of the month, since a car that Hetfield designed and created will be making an appearance. Huzzah!

    The award-winning Black Pearl is cruising on over to the Los Angeles Auto Show, set for November 18 through November 30. This sweet, sweet set of wheels was built from the ground up and designed by Hetfield and world renowned custom car builder Rick Dore.

    "The Black Pearl is one of those things that…we initially had been taking other vehicles and cutting and pasting, making your own prototype in a way," explained Hetfield. "This one we actually started from scratch. We started with a '48 Jag and basically tried to work it, work it down to frame and build it up from scratch from a drawing. It took it to a whole new level of car building: from a drawing."

    Fascinating stuff!

    Details for the car nerds:

    With its fastback roof and sleek lines, Black Pearl was inspired by some of the early concept cars of the 1930s, while the chassis is based off of a 1948 Jaguar.

    The body was completely hand built and shaped by Marcel and Luc De Lay under the direction of Rick Dore, who's Rick Dore Kustoms built the rest of the project before the lustrous black finish was applied by Daryl Hollenbeck.

    Take a look:


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