Bob Knight, owner of Knight's Classic Auto, has a lifetime of experience in classic car restoration. With his first project being the shell of a 1956 Chevy at the age of 15 to his current 1941 Willys Coupe project at the age of 65, Knight is a skilled, award-winning craftsman when it comes to custom-built cars and frame-off restorations as well as custom paint jobs and body work.
Knight pulled this 1951 Mercury from a junkyard in Michigan City, Indiana, during the 80s. He had always wanted to restore a Mercury, and it took him several years to find a body that would allow him to create his lead sled.
Also during this same timeframe, Knight was working toward building a successful auto collision repair shop, Classis Auto Body, in Gary, Indiana.
Therefore, this Mercury restoration project took nine years to complete because Knight could only work on it in spurts, with his business having to come first.
When this custom, chopped-top Mercury hit the streets, she was pink with teal accents and featured vintage Cadillac hub caps.
Knight, known for his cool custom paint jobs, got some flack from his car buddies for choosing this "risky" color, but it turned out to be a hit.
Everything was custom on this vehicle. Knight pretty much started from scratch, with every panel on the car being changed or modified in some way.
While owning this car, Knight won a slew of awards, including "Coolest Custom" at an Indianapolis Good Guys' show. It was also featured in a lead sled magazine and a national video called "Bad Rods."
1963 Chevy Impala
Knight found this 1963 Chevy Impala in southwest Arkansas, having had only two previous owners. He bought it, took it back to his shop, and performed a complete frame-off restoration on this rust-free beauty.
Today, everything featured on this Impala is either new or rebuilt, including:
- New GM 350 V8 Crate Motor
- Rebuilt 350 Transmission
- New Steele Rubbers
- New Rear Brake Hardware
- New Aluminum-coated Dual Exhaust
Ready to hit the road and relive its glory days, this 1963 Chevy Impala is now available for purchase.
1931 Ford Model A Pickup
Knight performed a full restoration on this 1931 Ford Model A pickup.
After building more than 29,500 of these 1931 pickups, the Ford company ceased Model A truck production in March 1932, putting a close to the popular Model A era.
Below are a series of before and after shots of this restored pickup truck, which has since been sold to one happy owner.