About Knight's Classic Auto

Based in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Knight's Classic Auto has more than five decades of experience restoring, buying and/or selling classic cars.

 

Owner Bob Knight has held an intense passion for rods, customs and classics before he could even drive, restoring his first car in 1966 at the age of 15. With $25 and countless labor hours invested in the junkyard-pulled 1956 Chevy, he sold it for $200 in less than 30 minutes of slapping a "For Sale" sign on it.

From that moment on he became hooked on vehicle restoration and eventually built an entire career around his love of cars. 

 

For more than a decade, Knight owned and operated a successful auto body repair business in Northwest Indiana that specialized in heavy-duty collision work. In what little spare time he had available, he worked on restoring classic cars, making a name for himself in local and regional car club circles for his award-winning creations.  

 

Among his most notable projects was a 1951 chopped-top pink Mercury with teal accents and vintage Cadillac hub caps. A true lead sled, this custom car was Knight's side project while growing his collision repair business and providing for his family.  

He had always wanted a Mercury and, after several years of searching, he finally found a body in a Michigan City, Indiana, junkyard.

 

As it turned out, Knight pretty much rebuilt the vehicle from scratch because every panel of the car was changed or modified in some way.

Knight sold his prized custom when he retired from collision work and moved from Indiana to an off-the-beaten-path location in Arkansas where his low-riding beauty would succumb to the uneven gravel roads.

 

Not one to trailer his cars or leave them to sit idle, he felt it was time to let someone else enjoy the fun of cruising down the road in the eye-catching pink classic.   

 

Today, Knight spends his time doing the work he loves most, specializing in classic cars and giving them a new lease on life. He is also an active member of various car clubs in Northern Arkansas and Northwest Indiana, including the Regional Streeters, where he often serves as a vehicle inspector at events.

 

Read more about Knight on HotRod.com.

 

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