2023 Started off with a bang for our team as it was the year of '66' at Cleveland Design .The 1966 Ford Mustang brought home 3 awards : The ISCA (International Show Car Association) Hagerty award for Outstanding Display, The Mothers Polish Radical SpeedSport First Place in its class award and Best restoration of show . The 1966 Pontiac Beaumont collected some serious hardware with 4 awards : The ISCA award for Most Outstanding Custom, The ISCA award for Most Outstanding Display , The Mothers Radical SpeedSport First place in its class and the prestigious Greg Turner "Style Award" which is judged by a committee using Colour, Stance, Ingenuity and Imagination as there measures for the vehicle displaying the "Best Style" . The award is open to all entries in SpeedSport and can only be won once .
Anyone who has inquired on a restoration of any sort has heard the horror stories with the shady workmanship, shops that disappear overnight with customer cars left unfinished, or never being able to get ahold of the shop after dropping of your car. There is no question that the commitment is on both you and the shop to ensure you get the best bang for your buck! High quality shops document everything and send photos with updates regularly/on request to customers. Keeping you involved during each step gives you peace of mind, showing you that you have the option to ask questions, visit the shop, and interact with the technicians working on your ride!
The bottom line for many is “how much will it cost?” The truth is, a high end restoration or pro touring build is not cheap. It takes a team of specialists and patience is a virtue. For example, the 1970’s standard of a supercar is not going to happen overnight. The handshake deal you see on TV with the car being pushed in on the first episode and then on the track or local car meet by Tuesday in the second episode is not a reality. A good chunk of time is spent on fabrication, body work, and paint. Hundreds or even thousands of hours can be consumed by these steps to achieve a flat and smooth finish. That is why most projects are intentionally open-ended and not quoted to leave room for the unexpected. Specialized restoration ships are not like your everyday body shops, the work is totally different in many aspects, and that is what you are paying for.
Cleveland Design is all about attention to detail, turning out high quality vehicles and providing the best customer experience possible. We build your dream car, and we truly take great pride in being a part of the experience with you. In the end, it is a huge investment in your money and the shops time, so building a strong and transparent relationship is key.
By: Motor Illustrated