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Alan Lewenthal owner of Marquis Auto Restorations a.k.a. Car Czar TV Series on the National Geographic Channel

Automobiles have always been his passion. Alan states that his father always dreamed of owning collectible cars, and early on these aspirations became part of Alan too. Success in business allowed his father to make his dreams become reality and together they began to acquire a diverse collection of rare vehicles from famous Marques such as Auburn, Buick, Cadillac, and Packard just to name a few. The endless hours of research and restoration paid off with an incredible list of accolades and awards from events across the nation. The knowledge that Alan has acquired is deeply seeded in authentication, restoration and preservation. He offers his knowledge to collectors, and assists them in buying and selling rare and collectible vehicles. In 2003, Alan became head of acquisitions and curator of the Hendricks Collection on display at The Gateway Colorado Auto Museum. Realizing the difficulties of restoring and repairing collectible vehicles, he built Marquis Auto Restorations to assist collectors and enthusiasts with the challenges of restoring fine classic automobiles to Concours and Museum quality levels. Alan has been recognized in a variety of publications related to the automobile industry and in 2004 he made world news with the acquisition of the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car. F-88

He is well known for his passion and positive attitude and now looks forward to the future success for his new TV series. Alan has worked with clients such as Turtle Wax (commercials), and Orange County Choppers, along with many other famous collectors and companies in the automotive industry. Alan holds an undergraduate degree in Business Law and Accounting from Temple University. His family business and management expertise allowed Alan to be elected to the Wholesale Advisory Council for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). He is also a member of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

December 01, 2009
TV series, ‘Car Czar’, to feature barn-find restos

Combine great barn finds with meticulous restorations and you have the makings for a new TV series called “Car Czar”. The “factual entertainment” series begins Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. on The National Geographic Channel. It follows Alan Lewenthal of Marquis Auto Restorations, Philadelphia, Pa, as he rescues rare classic motorcars from dusty garages and barnyards from across America. His team of skilled restoration technicians then transform them into treasured pieces of automotive history.
Nazareth Dad and Sons to be on “Man Made”
Posted by Kathy Lauer-Williams at 01:42:43 PM on January 14, 2010

A Nazareth father and his two sons will be featured is a “Car Czar” episode of “Man Made”, in which the reality series focuses on the rebuilding and restoration of antique cars, at 8 p.m. today on the National Geographic Channel.

amphicarJames Klotz and his sons James and Jeffrey Klotz, are part of Marquis Auto Restoration of Philadelphia which restores a 1967 German Amphicar, an all-in-one novelty boat and car. The elder James Klotz is the shop manager of Marquis Auto, which is owned by Alan Lewenthal. The younger James is an auto-body restoration expert and Jeffrey is a restoration painter. All three men will be featured and interviewed on the episode.

The three Klotz men also will be featured on the “Car Czar” episode at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in which the team restore a 1969 classic Chevrolet Camaro from a rusted relic.

Philadelphia Man is Host of New Car Restoration TV Show by KYW’s Paul Kurtz
A Philadelphia area man who restores antique cars is now the star of a new reality show, the Car Czar.

Alan Lewenthal (above), a 45-year-old Temple University grad, holds a degree in accounting and corporate law, but he put that aside long ago to turn his passion into a career.

Lewenthal brings old cars back from the dead, and he’s now doing it every week under the watchful eyes of National Geographic TV cameras.

The Nat Geo show, “Car Czar,” highlights the challenges that Lewenthal and his crew face during the restoration process:

“Are we gonna make our deadline? Can we find the parts? You know, the difficulties in restoration. And what’s great is uncovering it once you get it. When we receive the car and strip it down, we see what was truly done to the car over the last 40 or 50 years.”

“Car Czar” debuted last Thursday night with a 1967 German novelty car that doubles as a boat. This week’s featured vehicle is a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

Nazareth family in a National Geographic “Man-Made” special airing Thursday
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
By TONY NAUROTH
The Express-Times

NAZARETH | They’re called the “Car Czars,” and the National Geographic channel will show this borough family of automobile restoration experts in action Thursday. James R. Klotz and his sons, Jimmy J. and Jeffrey Klotz, work for Alan Lewenthal, owner of Marquis Auto Restoration in Northeast Philadelphia. They commute from Nazareth to work their magic on rusted junkers given up by their owners long ago.

James R. is the shop manager. Jimmy is an auto body restoration expert, and Jeffrey is an expert restoration painter. It really all started with a good shine. “We did TV commercials for Turtle Wax,” James R. Klotz said Tuesday. Those subjects are a 1967 Amphicar, a beat-up Chevrolet Camaro and an Oldsmobile. They’re being shown in three “Car Czar” episodes of the National Geographic channel’s “Man-Made” series, which features skilled individuals building their dreams – everything from the Amphicar to the production of coffee beans. The Amphicar is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday; the classic 1969 Camaro Z28 is scheduled for 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. The custom 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car was shown last week.

The shows will follow the restoration crew through the process of bringing these classics back to life and on the road, according to the “Man-Made” Web site. “It was quite interesting to see how they put all the pieces together after shooting it,” James R. Klotz said. In a preview video of the Amphicar’s restoration, Lewenthal unveils the rusted car/boat and tells his crew it had been sitting in a garage since 1975.

He said restored Amphicars have gone for as much as $115,000 at auction. “I think it is amazing that my father has gone from growing up on a small farm in Nazareth to being featured on a national television network,” said James Klotz’s daughter, Julie Klotz, in a recent e-mail.

Lewenthal has built a worldwide reputation for the immaculate resurrection of rusty heaps that bring astounding sale prices at classic car auctions. In 2003, he became head of acquisitions and curator of the Hendricks Collection on display at The Gateway Colorado Auto Museum.

Staff writer Tony Nauroth can be reached at 610-258-7171 or at tnauroth@express-times.com.

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