THE MANUEL ARTECHE TRIBUTE PAGE
MANUEL ARTECHE was one of the Rod & Custom Industries most respected upholsterers. Based in Woodland, California, just a few miles from Sacramento, his work and cars were featured in Rod & Custom, Custom Rodder, and many other magazines throughout his career.
Sadly, Manuel passed away in October of 1999. One year later I purchased his personal '61 Invicta Custom...which you see as our logo in the upper left hand corner of the HOF Legends Pages.
Manuel's story is one of courage coupled with his expert craftsmanship. Listen to two of the Industries leading figures commenting on Manuel & his work: John D'Agostino, and, Jerry Weesner...plus, my own personal comments on this wonderful builder, upholsterer, and, family man: Manuel Arteche. JK
SPECIAL NOTES: The INVICTA has been on permanent display at Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame Museum since January, 2004.
Manuel was Inducted Posthumously into Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame on June 5th, 2004 at the 9th Anniversary Ceremonies.
(Above left: Manuel's clone of Watson's Original "Grapevine" Chevy; Above right: Manuel's Radical '41 Ford Custom with paint by Gene Winfield)
(Above left: The September,1998 Super Issue of Custom Rodder that started it all ! ; Center: Manuel building the grille for the INVICTA in his workshop; Above right: Manuel's "Hall Of Fame" Induction Plaque)
(Above: Manuel's beautiful Pearl White Upholstery work on the '63 Riviera interior he installed in the INVICTA !)
(Above: The INVICTA featured in a Cover Story in the November, 2004 National Buick Club Of America Magazine; Center: a rarely seen rear-quarter view of the INVICTA; Above right: another Cover Story featuring the INVICTA, this time in the January, 1999, Issue of Rod & Custom )
SPECIAL INFO: For information on body mods, drivetrain, paint, awards info, magazine coverage, and other specs, Just Click-On-Here and it will take you to "THE INVICTA" feature page. JK
PLEASE NOTE: All photos / images on this page are courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks.