Frank Sr. started the legendary and locally famous business in Pasadena California in 1949. That's when the first MG-TC's were starting to arrive in the USA and few mechanics would work on them. Frank Sr. felt it was just a car "so how hard could it be", and as a family, we have been working on British cars ever since. Frank Jr. started working in the shop full time right out of high school only missing time at the shop while he was serving in Vietnam. Greg, a third generation Monise started repairing and maintaining British cars right out of high school and during that time, learning the now diminishing art of restoring English cars .
Over the years, the business has evolved as the cars have gone from a mode of transportation to passion of the owners and an appreciation of classic cars. Racing has always been a huge part of the shop with Frank Sr. racing various Lotus cars such as the 6,11 and 23's then moving to LOLA's in the late 70's to race in C sports racer. Frank Jr. raced formula cars throughout his career driving cars from Lotus, Brabham, March and RALT. Both sons of Frank Jr. followed in the family business of racing cars both vintage racing BMC Spridgets and both being very successful winning several vintage championships in their first seasons.
Today at Frank Monise Motors, Frank Jr. manages the shop with his son Greg along with a team of skilled employees capable of providing a full range of services. Restoration has become a very large part of the business as the collectability and value has increased dramatically on many British cars. Vintage and Historic racing along with race car prep have also become a substantial part of business. Frank Monise Motors offers a wide range of services for your special car. Contact us today to discuss your needs.
Frank Monise Motors
8975 Vernon Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: 909 608-1600