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March 2014

Car and Driver Magazine: All That Glitters is Les Gold

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by John Phillips:  As I shuffle into a sunset that promises daily crashes on my Hoveround while wearing orthopedic socks—all the while shedding body parts like a Lotus Europa—I’m at least watching less TV. These days, it’s either car racing or Anthony Bourdain. But two years ago, my wife and I were drawn into the truTV reality show Hardcore Pawn starring Les Gold—a sinewy string bean of a man, shirt open to reveal prodigious chest hair as well as a gold hand grenade of a jeweler’s loupe. At Sam’s Loan in Detroit, Gold made his first sale—when he was seven. Today he operates American Jewelry and Loan in a 50,000-square-foot store that used to be a bowling alley. He’s an over-revving slot machine of a salesman, alternately compassionate, profane, hysterical, generous, stingy, insightful, but always relentless about pawning, loaning, and redeeming.

During one episode, a customer tried to sell his Shelby GT500KR, demanding fairly strong money. “That’s not a real Shelby!” I shouted from my La-Z-Boy, regaining composure at the same moment Gold said, “That’s not a real Shelby.” Gold offered $20,000, which irked the seller, although it was exactly what I’d have offered, too. “I think Les is a car guy,” I told my wife.

“So, give him a call,” she said.

Read the full article at Car and Driver Magazine

Spring Forward into our Watch Sale

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Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. At 2am on Sunday, most of the United States will spring forward an hour and the correct time will be 3am.  Mark the time by investing in a quality timepiece from our incredible collection.

Use Coupon Code ‘springforward’ to save 15% on any timepiece (men’s watches, women’s watches, pocket watches).

Check out the latest edition of our email news for more information. 

American Jewelry and Loan to display Mustang at Detroit Autorama 2014

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Detroit-Flyer-2014According to a recent article from MLive, “The 2014 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama is revving up to bring some classic horsepower back to the Motor City for a 62nd year.

The annual custom car show – dubbed “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show” – is returning to Cobo Center this weekend with new attractions and more than 600 custom and classic vehicles.

“It’s a whole new show every year because the cars are all-new,” said Peter A. Toundas, president and owner of Championship Auto Shows, which puts on the traveling event.  [see the full article at MLive].

This year, American Jewelry and Loan proudly presents a remarkable automobile that fans will recognize from the show. Planning to attend? We’d love to see YOUR photos from the show floor!