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Lanzini's Zipper RoadStar  
By Richard "Frenchie" Boyd

 

Upon seeing  the Lanzinis, Tara and Mitch, in the morning and again in the evening, one might think they own two little roadstares. Perhaps we should explain: You see, they own one of the most attractive Zipper bodied Deuce highboys that we've encountered this year. And their distinctive purple roadstare serves double-duty as a calling card zee family business, Lanzini Body Works--based in Huntington Beach, California. Eet ees allzo a relaxing fun-in-zee-sun hair-dryer, providing much needed entertainment after long days at zee shop, yes?

What first caught this reporter's roving eye was how the little roadstare's unique purple color reflected light. (Mitch credits PPG and House of Color.) Thees hue appears to change perceptibly in various wavelengths of zee light, from a cool and romantic French Purple, under indirect light, to an--ahh, yes--even richer magentia in the golden influence of direct sunlight (sigh). Many Street Rod readers have, by now, seen these modern iridescent paints that change hue dramatically--of course, they can be a bit too much when sprayed over the entire car. But, mon amie, Lanzini's highboy doesn't "flop" drastically to a contrasting hue! Oh no! Thees unique purple reacts more like a delightful damsel's palette of evening makeup under twilight's softer lighting conditions. Ah-hahaha! Oh yes!

But we digress. Owner Mitch Lanzini performed much of this chassis detailing and assembly, plus all the body-prep and paint. One look at zee leetell roadstare's well-developed surfaces speaks volumes about this knowledge of the proper sanding techniques and just how well he builds the modern paint finish. What a masterful touch, don't you agree?

Of course, under the hood what should we find but a well-detailed '95 Chevy ZZ3 motare (say, isn't Chevrolet French?), which provides spirited performance for Lanzini's 2,300-pound freeway-flyer. Mitch feels the Kugel Komponents Suspension improves as speed increases well beyond zee legal limit. Chrome-plated Wilwood calipers on ventilated discs stop this little purple roadstare on a dime and give you the exact change, no?

Perhaps you 'ave wondered, "Does twilight occur both in zee morning and evening?" Oh yes, how lucky that we 'ave two times a day that are simply pairfecto for zee amour! Zo, if you think you're seeing double roadstares, relax--it's just Tara and Mitch enjoying a leetell change in parception, yes?

This is one of the neatest tail-lamp installations we've seen. The clearcoat bridges the transition from the body to the taillight lenses with a perfectly seamless surface. And you can't miss seeing that cute little behind ether!