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Clenet in the News
The Clenet Series garnered much press coverage in daily newspapers from 1978 to 1989. Here is a sampling of these articles.
A Neiman Marcus ad uses Clenet for Father´s Day in 1978 as their understated draw to shop with them.
Neiman Marcus Newport Beach starts the bidding at $50,000 for their Clenet silent auction in 1978.
Clenet Coachworks thrives while Detroit lays off thousands in 1980.
Alfred DiMora finds opportunity beckons as he plans to take over Clenet Coachworks while running the Classic Clenet Club in August 1982.
Alfred DiMora´s hometown newspaper in Gates Chili, New York, takes note when a native son excels, June 1984.
The new Clenet Coachworks reopens in June 1984.
The neighboring Rochester, New York, newspaper notes how Alfred DiMora rescues Clenet in a "rags to riches" story in June 1984.
Alfred DiMora works out final details for his new plant in Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara, California.
The new Clenet Coachworks gets rolling under Alfred DiMora June 1984.
In July 1984, Alfred DiMora buys the assets of Clenet Coachworks after its bankruptcy.
Julio Iglesias joins the many celebrities owning the Clenet Series II Cabriolet four-passenger automobile.
Clenet automobile deliveries continue around the globe.
The Clenet Series III Asha is the star of the Miami Auto Show in October 1984.
The public is invited to the opening of the new Clenet factory in Carpinteria, with the proceeds going to charity.
The Santa Barbara News-Press reports on the first car produced at the new plant in October 1984.
Carpinteria Herald talks about the new owner, Alfred DiMora, and how the Clenets are built, October 1984.
Santa Barbara rejoices at the rebirth of the Clenet Coachworks in Carpinteria in 1984.
Alfred DiMora´s Classic Clenet Club holds many joint rallies with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce owners, such as this one outside the Clenet Carpinteria factory.
Many Santa Barbara businesses used images of the Clenet in their advertising as a drawing card demonstrated here by this shopping center ad.
The Seattle International Auto Show features the Clenet Series II Cabriolet and Series III Asha (pictured) in November 1984.
Automotive News reveals plans for the Clenet Series IV Sportster designed by Alfred J. DiMora, February 1985.
The Classic Clenet Club invites 100 Rolls-Royce and Clenet owners to a rally through the Santa Ynez Valley wine country in February 1985.
San Diego´s Tribune covers Rose Toyota becoming a Clenet dealer and showing a Clenet at the San Diego County International Auto Show, March 1985.
In April 1985, The Wall Street Journal gives Clenet some free publicity in its Distinctive Autos section.
The Echo reports on the availability of Clenets in Humble, Texas, in April 1985.
Houston Chronicle features Clenet as the Houston Auto Show´s key visitor attraction in April 1985.
Automotive News pictures Clenet and Rolls-Royce owners at the end of a Classic Clenet Club tour of the Carpinteria facility in April 1985.
Albuquerque Journal covers the Clenet on its tour stop in Santa Fe, May 1985.
Morris Lincoln-Mercury in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, becomes a Clenet dealer in July 1985.
Ms. Luxury Lifestyles toasts the Clenet in Southern Pacific Exhibition Group´s newsletter in 1985.
The Tennessean reports on Clenet Sales Manager John DiMora´s arrival in Nashville with a new Clenet during the first cross-country tour in 1985.
San Antonio Express-News reports on Clenet´s stop there on the cross-country tour in July 1985.
Shopping centers, among others, use Clenet to attract shoppers.
Automotive News, the standard in automotive reporting, details how the 28-year-old Alfred DiMora takes command of the new Clenet Coachworks, Inc.
Posh car cruises Memphis during cross-country tour in August 1985.
Albuquerque Journal picks up on the buzz of the Clenet cross-country tour in August 1985.
A Scottsdale man gives himself the ultimate Christmas present—a Clenet Series III Asha.
The Rochester Times-Union reports on the DiMoras´ visit home during the Clenet cross-country tour in 1985.
The Amarillo Daily News reports on the arrival of a Clenet Series III Asha in August 1985.
The Oklahoma City Journal Record highlights the three local dealer finalists during the Clenet cross-country tour August 1985.
Alfred DiMora donates the use of four Clenets for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Carpinteria in August 1985.
On tour, The Daily Oklahoman reports that a California car company offers the American answer to the Rolls-Royce in September 1985.
Santa Barbara News-Press touts the Clenet´s role in Carpinteria´s 20th Anniversary Celebration, September 1985.
Gates Chili News reports on Alfred DiMora turning dreams into reality in October 1985.
Milwaukee joins the 1985 Clenet tour as Alfred and John DiMora make another stop.
Clenet plays polo, taking the lead.
Peter Hubbard writes that Ray Sykes Buick becomes the Clenet dealer in Humble, Texas, a suburb of Houston in 1985.
Clenet and its 28 global dealers have top sales despite an off year for the industry. Alfred DiMora poses by his newly-designed Clenet Series IV Sportster.
Most Clenets were built in a factory near the beach in California. This one was built on the beach and won first place!
Automotive News reports Alfred DiMora´s announcement of his plans for the rollout of the Clenet dealer network in 1985.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat praises the Clenet during its first cross-country tour in October 1985.
Automotive News compares the steel-bodied Clenet to the fiberglass-bodied Zimmer in October 1985.
Santa Barbara News-Press touts Clenet as the gift for your special Santa in November 1985.
Los Angeles Herald Examiner features the Clenet at the Long Beach Auto Show in November 1985.
The American-made Clenet receives more coverage as THE Rolls-Royce competitor in this December 1985 article.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers the Clenet as the most expensive automobile at the Greater St. Louis International Auto Show in January 1986.
The Pensacola News Journal covers a "traffic-stopping" Clenet and its new local dealer, Astro Lincoln-Mercury in January 1986.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat emphasizes the Clenet as the high-end and highlight of the St. Louis Auto Show January 1986.
Santa Barbara News-Press tells of the all-time best year for Clenet Coachworks, Inc. under the leadership of new owner Alfred DiMora in January 1986.
Farah Fawcett and Rocky enjoy their $100,000 luxury cars built by Alfred DiMora in January 1986.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Clenet is yet again the show stopper at The Greater St. Louis International Auto Show in February 1986.
Arizona Republic talks about Clenet bringing nostalgia back to the auto industry in March 1986.
Netherlands press boasts about the hand-built Clenet and its designer Alfred DiMora in March 1986.
Automotive News loves the formal dress of the Clenet staff at the Arizona Auto Show April 1986.
Automotive News pictures a proud Washington, D.C. Clenet owner preparing for the 1987 National Capital Area International Auto Show in July 1986.
Santa Barbara News-Press touts Clenet as the 1986 Official Centennial Motor Car in October 1986.
Two lucky winners in Lompoc, California win a charity drawing and enjoy a trip to Beverly Hills in a chauffeured Clenet in October 1986.
Carpinteria Herald shows Alfred DiMora supporting the local community by having the high school homecoming queen chauffeured in October 1986.
The Clenet is shown at the first Long Beach International Auto Show in November 1986.
Even a dining guide like Relax has to write about the automobile that "spells class in any parking lot" in November 1986.
Alfred DiMora shows his marketing creativity by getting coverage in Dining news by chauffeuring food critics in his Clenet Series IIs in December 1986.
The Kansas City Times lauds the Clenet during its second cross-country tour in December 1986.
Santa Barbara News-Press captures a proud owner taking delivery of the first production Clenet Series IV Sportster from Alfred DiMora in 1986.
USA Today spotlights the Clenet in the automobile market in February 1987.
The Los Angeles Herald Examiner critiques the Clenet in May 1987.
Lompoc Record writes about Frank DiMora using a Clenet to promote his selling of ZTEL phone services in April 1987.
Carpinteria Herald shows off Alfred DiMora´s latest design, the Clenet Series IV Sportster in May 1987.
Automotive News names Alfred DiMora the youngest automotive chief executive in May 1989.