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In photos: Classics, customs and quirky creations from LA

In photos: Classics, customs a...
The 2015 LA Auto Show offered something for everyone
The 2015 LA Auto Show offered something for everyone
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Porsche 919 Hybrid at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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Porsche 919 Hybrid at the 2015 LA Auto Show
Porsche 919 Hybrid race car
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Porsche 919 Hybrid race car
Dodge's supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8
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Dodge's supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8
Nissan NV3500
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Nissan NV3500
2016 Wrangler Willys Wheeler
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2016 Wrangler Willys Wheeler
This Willys Wheeler includes hood and tailgate decals, a high-gloss black grille and 17-in aluminum wheels
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This Willys Wheeler includes hood and tailgate decals, a high-gloss black grille and 17-in aluminum wheels
2016 Jeep Wrangler Black Bear
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2016 Jeep Wrangler Black Bear
Ford GT race car
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Ford will return to Le Mans in 2016 with this GT car
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Ford will return to Le Mans in 2016 with this GT car
Ford revealed the GT race car at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Ford revealed the GT race car at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans
Ford Explorer Platinum from the Explorer Platinum Adventure Tour across Western North America
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Ford Explorer Platinum from the Explorer Platinum Adventure Tour across Western North America
The Explorer is thoroughly signed and stickered
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The Explorer is thoroughly signed and stickered
Ford F-150
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Ford F-150
Ford F-150
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Ford F-150
Ford Transit vans at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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Ford Transit vans at the 2015 LA Auto Show
Wahoo's Fish Taco Ford Transit Connect
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Wahoo's Fish Taco Ford Transit Connect
Ford Focus RS
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Ford Focus RS
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Ford Focus RS
Mustangs at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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Mustangs at the 2015 LA Auto Show
Ford Mustang GT
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Ford Mustang GT
2015 Ford Mustang Fastback by Bojix Design
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2015 Ford Mustang Fastback by Bojix Design
Alongside the new Clarity Fuel Cell car, Honda shows this Power Exporter 9000 fuel cell generator concept
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Alongside the new Clarity Fuel Cell car, Honda shows this Power Exporter 9000 fuel cell generator concept
Honda didn't roll the full HondaJet into the LA show, but it has this model on display
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Honda didn't roll the full HondaJet into the LA show, but it has this model on display
2015 Rahal Dallara Honda IndyCar
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2015 Rahal Dallara Honda IndyCar
Honda CBR1000RR SP
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Honda CBR1000RR SP
It wasn't the sexiest vintage car at the show, but this 1975 Honda Civic did look damn good in yellow
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It wasn't the sexiest vintage car at the show, but this 1975 Honda Civic did look damn good in yellow
Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept
Volkswagen Passat R-Line
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Volkswagen Passat R-Line
Bucky Lasek's Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
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Bucky Lasek's Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Volvo had this eye-catching wooden bicycle on display as part of its Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection exhibit
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Volvo had this eye-catching wooden bicycle on display as part of its Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection exhibit
Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake display
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Volvo Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake display
Toyota mobility concepts
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Toyota mobility concepts
The Toyota iRoad has been around for several years, but it still makes an impression
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The Toyota iRoad has been around for several years, but it still makes an impression
2016 Prius c Persona Series Special Edition
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2016 Prius c Persona Series Special Edition
Land Rover Discovery
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Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Disco at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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The Land Rover Disco at the 2015 LA Auto Show
Lexus GS F
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Lexus GS F
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ 2
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Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ 2
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 on display with the new Giulia Quadrifoglio
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Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 on display with the new Giulia Quadrifoglio
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
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1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Possibly the most beautiful car on show, Alfa Romeo's classic 33 Stradale
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Possibly the most beautiful car on show, Alfa Romeo's classic 33 Stradale
What say you: the Giulia TZ2 or the 33 Stradale?
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What say you: the Giulia TZ2 or the 33 Stradale?
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
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1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Mercedes-Benz AMG
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Mercedes-Benz AMG
Mercedes-Benz AMG
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Mercedes-Benz AMG
Lexus shows its hoverboard
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Lexus shows its hoverboard
In case you are wondering, the Lexus hoverboard was designed strictly for a promotional campaign and will not be sold
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In case you are wondering, the Lexus hoverboard was designed strictly for a promotional campaign and will not be sold
Mercedes G-Class
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Mercedes G-Class
BMW i3
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BMW i3
BMW i3
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BMW i3
2017 Acura NSX
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2017 Acura NSX
Acura recently revealed more details about the NSX
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Acura recently revealed more details about the NSX
Acura RLX
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Acura RLX
Audi A3 e-tron
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Audi A3 e-tron
Audi A3 e-tron
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Audi A3 e-tron
Barris Kustom Calico Surfer 1960s Show Rod
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Barris Kustom Calico Surfer 1960s Show Rod
This surfy hot rod in the hallway proves one of the more memorable cars of the whole show
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This surfy hot rod in the hallway proves one of the more memorable cars of the whole show
Palm Springs-based DiMora Motorcar combines a lightweight, 1930s-style carbon fiber roadster body, a 430-hp LS3 engine and original artwork by Master Lee Sun-Don in 25 examples of the $1.2 million Vicci 6.2 Emperor Series limited edition
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Palm Springs-based DiMora Motorcar combines a lightweight, 1930s-style carbon fiber roadster body, a 430-hp LS3 engine and original artwork by Master Lee Sun-Don in 25 examples of the $1.2 million Vicci 6.2 Emperor Series limited edition
Dimora powers its 2,820-lb Vicci 6.2 with GM's 430-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8
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Dimora powers its 2,820-lb Vicci 6.2 with GM's 430-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V8
One of the most striking vehicles of the show, the DiMora Vicci 6.2 is quite literally "rolling art"
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One of the most striking vehicles of the show, the DiMora Vicci 6.2 is quite literally "rolling art"
Hot rod at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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Hot rod at the 2015 LA Auto Show
This one has some very vibrant color
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This one has some very vibrant color
Some wild sights in Galpin's Hall of Customs
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Some wild sights in Galpin's Hall of Customs
1915 Ford-based "The Grasshopper" hot rod
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1915 Ford-based "The Grasshopper" hot rod
1971 Mazda Cosmo L10B
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1971 Mazda Cosmo L10B
1971 Mazda Cosmo L10B
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1971 Mazda Cosmo L10B
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?
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Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?
The Peel P50, world's smallest production car
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The Peel P50, world's smallest production car
A peek inside the tiny, one-seat cockpit of the Peel P50
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A peek inside the tiny, one-seat cockpit of the Peel P50
If you're going to make a tiny bubble car, why not make it look like a flying saucer like this Peel Trident?
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If you're going to make a tiny bubble car, why not make it look like a flying saucer like this Peel Trident?
The "original terrestrial flying saucer" is downright roomy compared to the related P50 - 72 inches (183 cm) long and two seats
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The "original terrestrial flying saucer" is downright roomy compared to the related P50 - 72 inches (183 cm) long and two seats
Galpin's Hall of Customs
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Galpin's Hall of Customs
2005 Galpin Auto Sports Ford GT
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2005 Galpin Auto Sports Ford GT
2005 Galpin Auto Sports Ford GT
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2005 Galpin Auto Sports Ford GT
Galpin Ford GTR1
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Galpin Ford GTR1
The Aston Martin DB10 was designed for the new "Spectre" James Bond film
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The Aston Martin DB10 was designed for the new "Spectre" James Bond film
Aston Martin built just 10 DB10 models, all for the movie
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Aston Martin built just 10 DB10 models, all for the movie
While it won't become a production model, the DB10 does provide a preview of the future design direction at Aston Martin, according to the company
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While it won't become a production model, the DB10 does provide a preview of the future design direction at Aston Martin, according to the company
Jaguar F-Type Coupe with a special look
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Jaguar F-Type Coupe with a special look
Gary Weckesser's MACH IV four-engine Mustang drag car from the late 60s
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Gary Weckesser's MACH IV four-engine Mustang drag car from the late 60s
We've seen Hot Wheels' Darth Vader car pop up at both auto shows and international toy fairs
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We've seen Hot Wheels' Darth Vader car pop up at both auto shows and international toy fairs
Barris Kustom Calico Surfer
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Barris Kustom Calico Surfer
1967 Morris Mini-Traveller by Madness Autoworks
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1967 Morris Mini-Traveller by Madness Autoworks
Zelectric electrified VW Beetle
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Zelectric electrified VW Beetle
Big, bad custom Bronco in the Aftermarket Hall
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Big, bad custom Bronco in the Aftermarket Hall
Big, bad custom Bronco in the Aftermarket Hall
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Big, bad custom Bronco in the Aftermarket Hall
We saw the newest red Lamborghini, but we still prefer this classic Countach
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We saw the newest red Lamborghini, but we still prefer this classic Countach
Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole in the LA Auto Show's Aftermarket Hall
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Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole in the LA Auto Show's Aftermarket Hall
Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
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Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
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Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
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Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
Elio Motors may be getting more press, but the Spira4U is an even more affordable ($6,000, plus shipping for the gas version), more efficient (company-listed 90 mpg) three-wheeler
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Elio Motors may be getting more press, but the Spira4U is an even more affordable ($6,000, plus shipping for the gas version), more efficient (company-listed 90 mpg) three-wheeler
Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
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Classics and customs in the Aftermarket Hall
Vehicular artwork by sculptor Baron Margo
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Vehicular artwork by sculptor Baron Margo
Mazda at the 2015 LA Auto Show
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Mazda at the 2015 LA Auto Show
Chevy added an all-new supercharged LT4 engine to a classic 1970 Camaro RS
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Chevy added an all-new supercharged LT4 engine to a classic 1970 Camaro RS
Chevy blends new and old muscle, updating this classic Camaro's powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes
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Chevy blends new and old muscle, updating this classic Camaro's powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes
Shown here in LA, Chevy originally created this restomod for SEMA 2015
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Shown here in LA, Chevy originally created this restomod for SEMA 2015
Chevy Volt
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Chevy Volt
Buick Cascada
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Buick Cascada
Maserati at the LA Auto Show
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Maserati at the LA Auto Show
Inside the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
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Inside the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
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Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
Dodge Viper video driving experience
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Dodge Viper video driving experience
The 2015 LA Auto Show offered something for everyone
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The 2015 LA Auto Show offered something for everyone
DiMora showed two different Vicci 6.2 Emperors
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DiMora showed two different Vicci 6.2 Emperors
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Beyond the brand new cars of the 2015 LA Auto Show, there are plenty of other notable rides on show. In fact, some of the most interesting cars there are decades old – or built to look like it. The LA show also gets a fair amount of spillover from SEMA, with customs and restorations galore. Take a tour of this side of the show in our feature gallery.

We missed DiMora Motorcar's press conference, but it was nearly impossible to miss its booth in the atrium. Many cars can be referred to as rolling artwork, but few of them so literally as DiMora's Vicci 6.2 Emperor. This retro-styled, rolling-fendered roadster features original artwork by Taiwanese artist Master Lee Sun-Don, who brushes a unique painting for each car in the 25-model Emperor Series, which DiMora spends 750 man-hours recreating on the hood and side panels. The process ends with the laying of 24-karat gold leaf.

DiMora showed two different Vicci 6.2 Emperors
DiMora showed two different Vicci 6.2 Emperors

The DiMora team also spent plenty of time building a 1930s-style roadster up around a 430-hp 6.2-liter GM LS3 V8. The car's body is constructed using the company's Carbon DFD technology, maintaining a curb weight of 2,820 lb (1,279 kg). With the standard GM 4-speed automatic transmission, it can hit 60 mph (96.5 mph) in four seconds, which isn't bad for an open-top, engined painting. Features like the Italian leather interior trim, English Wilton wool carpeting and included original wall painting contribute to the US$1.2 million price.

An unexpected but very unique car we ran into was the Peel P50, the world's smallest production car. We've covered a bit of the history of the original 1960s one-seater in the past, and it was fun seeing it alongside its larger sibling, the Trident, in Galpin's Hall of Customs.

The Peel P50, world's smallest production car
The Peel P50, world's smallest production car

A few other highlights worth noting:

A beautiful, curvaceous 1968 33 Stradale on display at Alfa Romeo's booth

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Aston Martin DB10 designed for Spectre, the new James Bond movie

Aston Martin built just 10 DB10 models, all for the movie
Aston Martin built just 10 DB10 models, all for the movie

It may not be Back to the Future day anymore, but Lexus's hoverboard still looks pretty cool on display

In case you are wondering, the Lexus hoverboard was designed strictly for a promotional campaign and will not be sold
In case you are wondering, the Lexus hoverboard was designed strictly for a promotional campaign and will not be sold

Take a tour of our concept car photo gallery for more timeless classics, wild custom creations, and other sights of the 2015 LA Auto Show, which runs through the weekend.

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