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Darryl Nance of D&P Classic Chevy has a well earned high level of respect in the car building industry!

Darryl Nance of D&P Classic Chevy has a well earned high level of respect in the car building industry!

D&P CLASSIC CHEVY HAS BUILT A GOOD FOLLOWING

I’ve known Darryl Nance for more than 20 years.  And during that time he’s grown his street rod, custom and restoration business — D&P Classic Chevy — into one of the most recognized and well-respected full-service shops in the entire country — if not the whole world.

 

Now that’s a lofty appraisal for any business.  But in this case, one well earned.  During the many years I’ve spent producing “ink & paper” performance enthusiast publications, I’ve crossed paths with Darryl and his wife, Peggy, hundreds of times.  And I’ve seen the results of their efforts even more.  Whether it was viewing their stable of cool rides at a car show or looking over their shoulder while doing myriad tech stories in their Huntington Beach, California, digs, there was always something exceptional for the camera to record.

 

Classic Chevys are the staple of D&P's creations.  From 100-point original restorations to ultra-trick modern modifications, there's literally nothing that the craftsman at D&P can't apply to an iconic Tri-five or a box Nova.

Classic Chevys are the staple of D&P’s creations. From 100-point original restorations to ultra-trick modern modifications, there’s literally nothing that the craftsman at D&P can’t apply to an iconic Tri-five or a box Nova.

The business is a “family affair,” explains Darryl, whose two sons and wife have been there since the beginning.  “We’ve always worked 150-percent to build the best cars we can for our customers, and help them receive what they’re looking for in a classic car,” he said.

 

The Nance’s have made a respected name for D&P in more ways than just spraying paint and turning wrenches.  They’ve been a visible force during the expansion of TV coverage, too, as they’ve done numerous on-air projects including many for the former reality show “Chop, Cut & Rebuild.”  This exposure has provided a real-world look into their specialized shop.  But make no mistake about it; D&P is no one-week wonder builder as other “Reality TV” shops are often depicted.  Deadlines are deadlines, but when it comes to building a car to a certain level it’s more a matter of doing what it takes to reach the goal.  And that’s where Darryl and staff really shine.

Darryl and his staff created this new "Yenko" Camaro. This is as "late-model" as you can get!  The finished car is a fitting tribute to its original brethren!

Darryl and his staff created this new “Yenko” Camaro. This is as “late-model” as you can get! The finished car is a fitting tribute to its original brethren!

 

One area that’s most important for Daryl and family, is to keep ahead of the curve and to adapt and incorporate the latest technology to their world of classic Chevys.  “We don’t cater that much to the do-it-yourselfer,” said Darryl.  “Most of our customers come to us and write a check.  They tell us what they want and we try to accommodate them within their budget.”  With the way Darryl explains it, customers can’t always afford what they want, but they always want what they get when the classic is complete.  And the proof is in the pudding, as the old saying goes, as Darryl and company have produced more than their share of award winners and magazine trophy cars.

 

There’s so much to this renowned classic car shop, that it would take a book the size of War and Peace to cover it all.  But suffice it to say, a simple walk through their moderate offices provides a great thumbnail to their success.  Walking through the door you’ll find a warm welcome from Peggy and her pooches, and from there a quick look on the walls speaks volumes of what they’ve produced over the years.  The best thing is, there’s no end in sight for the projects they kick out.  With numerous buildings housing a hundred or so projects in varying stages of completion, Darryl will surely have work to keep him busy.  And so, we imagine, will his family.

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