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April 21, 2014

Moal Coachbuilders – A Unique Custom Coachbuilder

by Mike –

Recently at the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance Moal Coachbuilders had their own class! Moal Coachbuilders is a rare breed of custom car designers and fabricators. They don’t just build the body – they do it all. Here are a few of their creations.

The company is in Oakland, California and is run by third generation owner Steve Moal. His two sons are active in the business so it is now a four generation business.

Aerosport by Moal

Here is how Moal describe themselves on their web site,

Steve Moal’s grandfather William, a skilled wheelwright, emigrated from France just after the turn of the century and began outfitting horse-drawn wagons with hand-crafted bodies and wheels. By 1911 Moal’s Auto Metal Works was doing a wide spectrum of coachwork and repairs and in the ’20s, he began applying his skills to race cars and showcase speedsters. The tradition moved forward in the ’40s when George Moal, Steve’s father, founded a body and fender business on the current site of these modern works. George Moal was a skilled craftsman who fashioned bold instrument gauges, elegant wooden steering wheels and sleek, aerodynamic aluminum cowls and fins for high performance speedboats. Moal’s was also a regular gathering place for race car drivers, hot rodders and painters like the legendary Tommy the Greek.

A few years ago I had the pleasure to meet Steve Moal and get a tour of his facility – what a place! Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of that visit.

1933 Falcon by Moal

Owned by Eric Zausner as are many cars here. I also met Eric Zausner one time and visited his shop.

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon engine

Airplane Engine

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

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Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

Moal Coachbuilders Falcon

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1936 Aerosport

Owned by Eric Zausner.

Aerosport by Moal

Aerosport by Moal

Aerosport by Moal

Aerosport by Moal

Aerosport by Moal

Seduced – ’32 Ford Roadster

This car is owned by a former colleague of mine, Paul Hansen, and it won the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award in 2005.

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

Seduced by Moal

1934 Zephyr

Owned by Eric Zausner.

Zephyr by Moal

Zephyr by Moal

Zephyr by Moal

Zephyr by Moal

Zephyr by Moal

Torpedo

Owned by Eric Zausner.

This Hot Rod has a Ferrari 550 Maranello V12 engine that the owner bought new from Ferrari.

Torpedo by Moal

Torpedo by Moal

Ferrari 550 V12 Engine

Torpedo by Moal

Torpedo by Moal

Gatto

Owned by Bill Grimsley. I have featured the Gatto by Moal before.

Gatto by Moal

Gatto by Moal

Ferrari V12

Steve Moal

Steve Moal In The Center

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Comments

  1. pablo romera says:

    hello: my name is pablo romera, i would like to point out that the designer of some of these cars is my friend Alberto Hernández. he is, to my mind, one of the most talented designers there is, too bad he’s got a very low profile and no too many people get to know his work. He has an office at Moal’s shop, i would be nice to see a piece on him!

    keep up the good work! many thanks for letting us speak!

  2. jim farrell says:

    hi im an east coast rodder who loves to see real talent not a cookie cutter car super detail flowing lines nice stance but also a driver on my bucket list to go out west to see these cars in person really cool thanks jim farrell

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