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We've been involved in various projects from Classics to Exotics.
 
1965 Mustang Fastback


This 1965 Mustang fastback, an A code 289 4 speed car, was brought into the shop in pieces. The couple had parts stored in their garage and basement for many years, both hoping to someday have their dream car. After stripping the car and putting i...


 
1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL


The 300 SL was the fastest production car of it's day. With a 2995 c.c. six cylinder and direct injection, this car was based on the race car W194. Only 1400 coupes and 1858 roadsters were built between 1954 and 1963. The letters SL stand for spor...


 
1971 Hemi Roadrunner


This 1971 Hemi Roadrunner is true one owner car. With just over 60xxx miles showing on the odometer we have helped the owner maintain the car and keep it in top condition. Ready at any time to prove the stories you have heard about Hemi cars are m...


 
1934 Deusenberg Model J


The Duesenberg "Duesy" has been called the King Of Classics, Americas Mightiest Motor Car and The Pursuit of Perfection. It is the ultimate from the golden age of motoring. Brothers, Fredrick and August Duesenberg's company in Auburn, Indiana buil...


 
 
1937 Cord 812


E.L. Cord orchestrated the creation of the most revolutionary car of its day. Engineered with an electric-vacuum shift transmission, front wheel drive, and a 280 cubic inch Lycoming built L head V8. There were also supercharged models produced t...


 
Bobby Darin Dream Car


The Di Dia 150, also known as the Bobby Darrin Dream Car. This unique custom was hand built over the course of 8 years and completed in 1960 for the famous clothing designer Andrew Di Dia at a cost of $150,000 It was driven to the Academy Awards b...


 
1948 Crosley Hook and Ladder Kiddy Fire Truck


Crosleys were among the worlds smallest vehicles ever built. We completed this restoration in 2011 of what is certainly the rarest of all Crosleys. The hook and ladder was constructed from a Crosley pickup by an Ohio firm who marketed the vehicle...


 
1962 Oldsmobile 98


This was the highest end of the Oldsmobile division of GM. Another family heirloom restored to its former glory. This 1962 Oldsmobile was purchased new by the owner’s parents. With a 394 Rocket and air conditioning, this is an awesome highway c...


 
 
1955 Porsche 356


Restored to world-class competition level in 2009, this masterful sports car design was built through the years of 1948-1965; with design innovations through out the years around 76,000 were made. Two body styles were available, convertibles and ...


 
1960 Mercedes Benz 220 SE


This 1960 220 SE is yet another family heirloom. Restored as a birthday present for the customer's wife, the car had been passed down by her father. The car was dismantled and stripped of it's original peeling paint. Because this car is black, ext...


 
Austin Healey Replica


This replica was delivered in run down shape and was a typical 80's kit car. The interior was the first order of business. New seats and dash pad were stitched with top quality leather, new wool carpeting and a new canvas top surrounded a custom d...


 
1961 Volkswagen Beetle


Brought in by a true Volkswagen enthusiast, this would be the cream of the crop. Every nut and bolt would be original and the car would be detailed to perfection. Rust repairs were performed to keep all original parts on this unmolested car. The o...


 
 
1955 Chevrolet Nomad "55 MAD"


This 1955 Chevy Nomad was brought into the shop with the inside of the car packed with boxes of parts. The owner had acquired it from a family member after his brother passed away. With dreams of finishing his brother's creation we started by disa...


 
1971 Cuda "Orangasm"


This 1971 Plymouth Cuda is undergoing a major transformation into a complete custom. Everything about this car is over the top. Powered by a 6.1 Hemi from Chrysler's SRT cars with a MagnaCharger and backed by a TR6060 transmission this car will su...


 
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello


This awesome super car was brought in to correct some minor cosmetic flaws. One of only two painted outside of the Ferrari factory in a special Ferrari racing color, and the only one in the U.S., it is a rare piece of Italian art.


 
1970 Challenger Vanishing Point


This is a 1970 Challenger we reworked to look like the one in the movie Vanishing Point. The following is written buy our customer, the current owner of this beautiful car. This is a 1970 Challenger Vanishing Point entry, of which I've...


 
 
1972 Ford Bronco


This Bronco has an awesome presence. At home in the dirt and on the streets, it has the feeling of a real life Tonka truck, "every man's dream". We started with a Bronco so rusty that the whole body was discarded. The only original panels are the ...


 
1950 Buick Super 8 Woody


Immaculate restoration of a rust free California car. Used most of it's life by a park ranger, this car has a well documented history of maintenance and repairs. Restored by the internationally awarded crew at Manns Restoration, with unparalleled ...


 
1956 Oldsmobile


The proud owner of this 1956 Olds convertible purchased this car new and drove it to his high school graduation with his future wife. Through the years they put more than 300,000 miles on the car. Eventually it had deteriorated and was parked but ...


 
1933 Duesenberg


The Duesenberg "Duesy" has been called the King Of Classics, Americas Mightiest Motor Car, and The Pursuit of Perfection. It is the ultimate from the golden age of motoring. Brothers, Fredrick and August Duesenberg's company in Auburn, Indiana b...


 
 
1957 Dual Ghia


This is one of four Dual Ghia's we have restored. A rare car that was a partenership between Dual motors and Ghia, these were built on a Chrysler chassis and the bodys hand built by Ghia of Italy. Many were powered by Chrysler's famous Hemi and we...


 
1969 DeTomasso Mangusta


The DeTomasso Mangusta was a mid engine performance car built with a 302 c.i. ford engine and a 5 speed zf transaxle. Mangusta is Italian for mongoose "the only animal that can kill a cobra" and was an attempt to out do Carol Shelby. This example ...


 
1936 Pierce Arrow Model 1602 Salon Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster


In 2011 we completed restoration of this Pierce in its original shade of blue to world-class standards. This extremely rare twelve-cylinder convertible is one of three that were built and stands among royalty of American built automobiles. The c...


 
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car


Our most historically significant project of all time. This unique restoration was completed by Manns Restoration in 1995 and we are very proud of it. The Chrysler Turbine Car was the most secretive and lengthy engineering project of the autom...


 
 
1948 Chrysler Town And Country


These were a luxury-limited production that came in two models, sedan and Convertible. 8,368 were sold between 1946 and 1948. The convertibles were the most popular. The models were virtually unchanged through the years and the original price w...


 
1934 Rolls Royce   Phantom II


In 2011 we restored this legendary Rolls to world class show standards for a well known collector who knows his Rolls, he is a Judge for Rolls Royce at the world famous Pebble Beach Concourse De Elegance, "the worlds greatest car show". The Phant...


 
1928 Auburn Boattail Speedster


In 2008 this very rare classic was in for minor body repairs to retain its world class status.


   
 
1935 Ford


The1935 Ford Flathead V8 four-door sedan was the perfect car of its day. Our restoration in 2007 took this car to the level of being the best of its kind. The owner absolutely had every part of this car restored perfectly sparing no expense. He...


   
1928 Bently (4.5 liter) Speedster


1928 Bently (4.5 liter) Speedster In 2009 this very rare classic was in for minor body repairs to retain its world class status.


   
 
1929 Model A Ford


In 2010 this 1929 Ford Model A came to us for some engine repairs.


   
Batmobile


Here is something very unusual. This is a running and driving Batmobile from the 1989 movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nickolson. This car was brought in after it had been damaged in transit to St. Louis to be displayed for the opening of the ...


   
 
1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II


In 2010 this very rare classic came to us for minor body repairs to retain its world class status.


 
1949 Cadillac  " From the original Godfather Movie "


Before this 1949 Cadillac was restored at Manns Restoration it was used in the first Godfather movie.


 
1925 Isotta Fraschini


Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini started building cars in 1899 in Italy. They concentrated on luxury cars after World War I. This car was built in 1925, and it is a two-seat boattail with a tiny cockpit in the tail for a third person. Th...


 
1940 Chevy


A mildly customized 1940 Chevy. Classic street rod style and a family heirloom.


 
 
1919 Meisenhelder


Roy M. Meisenhelder's Sheet Metal, Auto and Body Works, based in York, PA, was in business from 1919 through 1924. They were primarily a coachbuilder and did body repairs. They produced four cars based on the Paige chassis. This is the only known ...


 
1962 GHIA L6.4


Built by Ghia for Dean Martin and customized by George Barris this stylish machine rides on a Chrysler chassis and has a 335 h.p. 383. We performed minor repairs and fabrication on this historic automobile.


 
Krispy Cream Truck 1937


Krispy Kreme Story When the first Krispy Kreme was opened in St. Louis, the President of Krispy Kreme flew in on the corporate jet “Donut One” for the Grand opening. The owner of the St. Louis store had commissioned Manns AutoBody to create an...


 
Edsel's Sport Phaeton


Edsel's Sport Phaeton · How do you put a price tag on something like this. · A true one of a kind car. · Built by the most famous car builder of all time. · It was lost for three quarters of a century. · A chance discovery in a barn that ...


 
 
1957 Thunderbird


1957 Thunderbird The Thunderbird ("T-Bird"), is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in the United States over eleven model generations from 1955 through 2005. When introduced, it created the market niche eventually known as the...


 
1936 Cord


E.L. Cord orchestrated the creation of the most revolutionary car of its day. Engineered with an electric-vacuum shift transmission, front wheel drive, and a 280 cubic inch Lycoming built L head V8. There were also supercharged models produced tha...


 
1963 Ford Thunderbird "Black Bullet"


What started off as body and paint work on a clean but tired 63 T Bird has turned into a full custom build. Stay tuned as we transform this into a pro touring legend with the addition of a new coyote 5.0 and full custom suspension from Heidt's and...


 
1964 Griffith


This 1964 Griffith is #001. This is in fact the first Griffith 200 which served duty as the test mule and was driven by Mark Donohue. Jack Griffith started with the TVR Grantura and set out to build a car that could beat Carrol Shelby's AC Cobras....


 
 
1939 Packard


This 1939 Packard has belonged to a very well known family since it was new. It was brought to us just as it was when it was parked, cigarettes in the ash tray and maps in the glove compartment from the 1950s. This off the frame restoration is s...


 
1950 Barris Custom Buick


This 1950 Barris Custom Buick came to Manns Restoration in 2013 for engine work. Coincidentally a picture of it when it was brand new was in the July Rod and Custom the same year. It is sometimes referred to as the "1950 Buick Sedanette"


 
1952 Devin Bandini


This unusual car came to us for some motor work, then the owners got excited and decided to do some body work as well. As you can see the difference is striking.


 
1939 Hudson Six - Custom Street Rod


This project came to us as a special gift from a husband to his wife. This car was literally in a field rusting away. The car now features a modern fuel-injected Chevrolet LS V8, backed by a four-speed Automatic trans with OD. It also has a ful...


 
 
1932 Packard


The customer purchased this Packard at auction and it had some flaws. Among these flaws, the body was not even mounted on the chassis. One turn and the body- with the driver- could have slid off. The drive train and chassis were fine, but the body...


       
   
1978 Trans AM


This beautiful second gen Pontiac Trans Am has undergone a real transformation. It's powered by the original 400 V8, but it has been bored and stroked to 455 cubic inches and features Edelbrock aluminum heads. The entire engine compartment retai...


 
1906 Cadillac


This rare 1906 Cadillac received a full cosmetic restoration. We smoothed the wood body, then painted it in the original paint scheme. The entire interior was painstakingly replicated in our upholstery shop. This included all new seats, carpet,...


 
1936 Cord 810 Westchester


This was a very unique and innovative automobile for it's time. It features front wheel drive, unibody construction, hideaway headlamps, suicide front doors, and a preselector transmission. It also lacks the running boards that were so very comm...


 
         
         
         
         
         
         
       
1966 Vespa Super Sport 180


We fully restored this 1966 Vespa SS 180 from the ground up. It features the original 180cc two-stroke engine, backed by a four-speed manual transmission with a twist grip shifter.