D & D Specialty Cars started in Denver back in 1978. To be closer to family, Dale and Stacy Johns moved the operation to Van Buren in 1985. “We’ve designed and built award-winning cars,” said Stacy. “And we do some collision work on high-end cars.” So, when Aunt Bessie slams into a tree with her 1959 Jaguar XK150, take her prized possession to D & D Specialty Cars. When these people are finished, the Jag will look and run better than when it was new. “Many cars are brought to us by family members,” Stacy added. They want to restore an older car to the way they remember it looked years ago.
Currently undergoing restoration here is a 1948 Cadillac. “Sometimes, people want the original look, but they want power and efficiency (under the hood),” she said. They come to D & D because it is known far and wide for custom building and quality fabrication. “We go to shows all over the country,” Stacy added. Scottsdale and Tulsa are coming up, followed by a full schedule across the United States.
They concentrate on restorations of cars dating from 1929 to 1976. Corvettes, Mustangs, muscle cars and others can be seen on the website. Parts for older vehicles can present a problem. It depends on the part, she explained. Some are found in salvage yards or businesses that stock old parts or they might be fabricated and remanufactured. Vehicles are the mainstay here. But D & D also has built custom bikes.
For more information, call 479 474-1114 or visit DDspecialtyCars.com. It is located at 1026 E. Uniontown St., Van Buren. Hours are 7 to 4, Monday to Friday.