Holiday gift ideas for car enthusiasts

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Got a car lover on your shopping list? The kind who lives and breathes internal combustion? Then there's actually a world of great gift ideas out there. (KABC)

Got a car lover on your shopping list? The kind who lives and breathes internal combustion? Then there's actually a world of great gift ideas out there.

"You come in the store and you see a little bit of everything. Our catalog comes to life," said Tony DeFrank of California Car Cover. "You can pick something up, touch it, look at it, and there's some that are like, 'I didn't even know I needed that.'"

The name can be a bit misleading, as California Car Cover in Chatsworth has all kinds of different gift ideas for all budgets. Things to make the ride shine, die-cast models, cool stuff to wear, or things for the ultimate garage or man-cave.

For the ultimate in car-themed reading material, a shopping trip to Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank could really pay off. Cars, motorcycles, planes, racing - they're all covered. There are plenty of other items, too, for the enthusiast who likes to surround him or herself with car stuff.

Here's something really practical that can keep that precious ride from getting stolen. It looks simple, but the Ravelco anti-hot-wire device has a great track record at foiling thieves.

Four million have been installed in cars around the world over several decades, and not one has been bypassed, according to the company. It's $469.95 to be installed in most cars and may count toward insurance discounts.

How about something that almost anyone who drives can use? JBL's new Trip is a self-contained Bluetooth speakerphone that clips onto a sun visor.

JBL has a long history with audio systems, and claims that its noise-cancelling technology provides superior sound quality, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and not on your phone.

There's also that "what if?" gift that should get any car enthusiast's motor running, even if very few people will ever own one - the 2016 Bentley GTC Speed. It is the ultimate four-passenger convertible, with a 600+ horsepower 12-cylinder engine and a hand-stitched leather interior like only the British seem to be able to do.

Santa may have a heart attack if you ask for the car - the base price is $253,000, and with a bunch of options and sales tax, it's a $300,000 automobile. But hey, that's what a "wish list" is all about.
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