Classic Limousine Inc. - 1984-present - Fountain Valley, California

    Classic Limousine*(E)
18315 Mt. Baldy Circle
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Many limousine builders were car guys; many opera­tors started by renting a limousine that was chanced upon. Uniquely, Fountain Valley, California, coach­builder Nick Giacobone was both. While at his custom body shop, Giacobone landed a 22- foot Lincoln stretch and began to rent it out. In demonstration of that some­thing that separates the minor and major leagues, he turned the company into a 35-car fleet in slightly more than one year. Noting the need for trained chauffeurs, Giacobone next launched a school with the aim to pro­duce "perfect chauffeurs."

Then, in 1984, Giacobone exercised every operator's dream: to build the perfect limousine. Applying the hard-earned lessons of the operator, Giacobone formed Classic Limousine with his friend, Ted Carlson, another car guy, Classic has since developed a reputation for innovative styling. Kevin Donovan of A-1 Limousine says of Giacobone, "hands down, his designs are beyond anyone else... every year, every show, his car will be the one everyone talks about." Carlson main­tains an engineer's perspective, while Giacobone lets his imagination go free. "I want a T-square, and he's all curves,.. we argue like cats and dogs," Carlson says. "Nick is extremely creative, All the cars he has created have been hands-on in the shop."

Classic is one of the few American builders who have been successful at marketing their hearses to the Japanese market. In southern California, they're better known for unusual conversions, such as their super-stretch Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes limousines.


    For more information please read:

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