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Tesla Model S Custom Steering Wheel by William Rau

by RAU AUGUST 26, 2013

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Pearlescent Tiger Maple 2013 Range Rover Sport (video)

by RAU JANUARY 17, 2013

2013 Range Rover Sport in Pearlescent Tiger Maple

This 2013 Range Rover Sport interior featuring pearlescent tiger maple is far beyond what is offered from the factory. Most people don’t know you can have an interior like this. The majority of Range Rover “Enthusiasts” don’t even know you can have a custom interior, but you can!

Porsche Panamera

by RAU on DECEMBER 28, 2012


For the past several decades, if you wanted a Porsche sedan, you were out of luck. That changed in 2009 when Porsche introduced the Panamera at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in Shanghai China….

Bentley Mulsanne Steering Wheel before (video)

by RAU SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

Bentley Mulsanne (before)

The Bentley Mulsanne is quickly becoming a very popular model for the famous car marque. Soon one smart driver will be driving with a custom piano black steering wheel. ..

The Saga of the 1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche Wood Trim and steering wheel (video)

by RAU JUNE 26, 2012

1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche Corniche Wood Trim (after)

For years now, we’ve repaired and refinished wood trim from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and we learn something new every time…

From Traditional Walnut Burl to a Radical Crimson Fiber in an AMG

by RAU SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Custom Mercedes-Benz M63 Crimson Fiber Interior

After 17 years, much of our clientele has worked with us on previous projects and most of our work is for customers outside the Los Angeles area; whether they are dealers, automotive specialists or private enthusiasts. Once in a while, a “local” engages us in a new challenge. A Mercedes ML 63 AMG owner got [...]

Talbot-Lago T150C Wood Restoration – Grand Elegance of the Tear Drop Style

by RAU OCTOBER 13, 2010

Talbot-Lago, exterior

Just two years before this stunning T150C was built and a year after the C27 Voisin was built, Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi, Italian expatriates, formed a partnership that would lead the design revolution of 1930s into the 1950s...

Voisin – New Wood for a Classic French Beauty

by RAU NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Voision at 1997 Pebble Beach

1934 Voisin C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet with special coachwork by Joseph Figoni. Joseph Figoni arrived in Paris as Giuseppe, a three year old with his family from Piacenza Italy in 1897...

Bentley Borrows from the Art Deco Era for a Limited Edition GT Speed Model and William Rau makes a Custom Steering Wheel to Seal the Deal

by RAU SEPTEMBER 5, 2010

Exotic Amboyna Burl is perfect for Luxury car like Bentley

The darling of Art Deco designers, amboyna is a marvelously luxurious burl from the tree that is commonly known as padauk. It is a rare, exotic hardwood that grows in Southeast Asia and varies in color from yellow to golden brown to red and demands a price as high as $500 / bd ft. It [...]

1959 Mercedes Benz 220s Walnut Burl Steering Wheel (video)

by RAU APRIL 19, 2012

Mercedes-Benz 220s

Pre-airbag steering wheels offer a unique design oppotunity as seen with this 1950 Mercedes Benz 220s Steering wheel…

1959 Mercedes Benz 220s Walnut Burl Steering Wheel (video)

by RAU JUNE 14, 2012

Pre-Airbag Bespoke Steering Wheel

A trio of bespoke wood and leather steering wheels from 1959-2009 displaying a few design possibilities for airbag, and pre-airbag steering wheels...

RAU Customer Cleans up at the 2012 RROC National Meet

by RAU JULY 08, 2012

1988 Continental

On Sunday, June 24th 2012, we received an email from a recent customer telling us that his 1988 Bentley Continental, the very 1988 Bentley Continental we restored the wood on, won not only one but TWO awards at the 2012 Rolls-Royce Owners Club National Meet in Louisville, Kentucky…

Bentley Azure – MEGA WHEEL! (Video)

by RAU SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Bentley Azure

It’s no secret to fans of our blog that we make many custom steering wheels. This Bentley Azure steering wheel is just one example of the several very unique custom steering wheels we’ve made recently, but this wheel is more than just another custom William Rau steering wheel…

Modern Lady Article: As the Wheel Turns

by RAU OCTOBER 04, 2012

Modern Lady: Corniche

A customer was so happy with his new steering wheel that he wrote an article for the “Modern Lady” Magazine…

Modern Lady Article: Interchangeable Parts

by RAU JUNE 25, 2012

Modern Lady: Interchangeable Parts

The development of interchangeable parts is partly what made the Industrial Revolution so revolutionary. Interchangeable parts are very important in the automotive industry. The latest “Modern Lady” article written by William Rau explains why replacing a wood trim part is rarely the best option…

Modern Lady Article: Picnic Table Repair Overview

by RAU APRIL 17, 2012

Modern Lady: Picnic Tables

When we say Picnic Tables, we’re not talking about tables down at the park, we’re talking about the folding tables in the back of Rolls-Royce automobiles. We are proud to have an article in the current issue of “Modern Lady” covering the topic of picnic table repair… by RAU JULY 8, 2012

Rolls-Royce 1972 Silver Shadow gets Personalized (video)

by RAU JULY 08, 2012

Wheel with Ebony and Beeswing Satinwood Inlay

Based on our extreme before and after photos, some may think William Rau Automotive Woodwork only does makeovers on wood that’s badly damaged, but this is not true. We often work on wood that looks almost as good as it did when it was brand new. Some owners grow tired of their wood, some want something new, or on the rare occasion, they have another car and they want the woods to match. The wood from this Silver Shadow (later named the Silver Wraith) with the long wheelbase was in good condition but the owner wanted a personalized interior with more visually interesting wood treatment…

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