60 Years New
Super Chevy|February 2020
60 Years New
Taking the old and making it new again needs just the right dose of nostalgia
Joe Greeves

When your hobby is your job, it’s always fun to go to work in the morning. When your job is to build cool custom cars, having fun is not only good for your soul but also for the bottom line! That’s how it works at Streetheat Customs in Melbourne, Florida. Gavin Broome and Matt Verzi worked for others for many years before teaming up to create their own business. Boasting more than 30 years of combined automotive experience, this pair of master craftsmen transforms rusted hulks into pristine show winners, exhibited and enjoyed with an active fan base around the world.

Their latest, this beautiful 1958 Chevrolet Impala, had a humble beginning. Located on Craigslist, the car was fairly presentable, equipped with its original V-8, Powerglide, and drum brakes. It was a good driver-quality car and the guys knew with a little work it had the potential to be a top-ranked restomod. Getting started meant following their fairly strict code. In the last dozen or so years, the Streetheat approach has been the same; build a car to a definite standard with a modern powertrain, crisp suspension, big brakes and wheels, air ride, and a custom interior. You can drive their finished products anywhere without concern because reliability is built-in. As a result, when it’s time to begin, every build starts essentially the same way.

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February 2020