Here at Honest Charley Speed Shop, we’re proud of our heritage, as the world’s first mail order speed shop. A lot of people have heard of our shop, but may not know the story behind it, and what makes it so special. The shop isn’t special because of what we’re doing TODAY–it’s special because of…

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The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is the world’s leading vintage car rally, and we are big supporters of it! A few years ago, Corky Coker bought the Great Race organization, and revived the event, so we’ve been heavily involved in the production of the event and the race itself. Shop Manager,…

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In the grand scheme of these things, the collector car community is a small world. Car enthusiasts cross paths often, and when old cars change hands, it can sometimes come full circle. In the case of this 1947 Chrysler Town & Country, it was restored by Harold Coker in the early ’70s and proved to…

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The season finale of the Backroad Gold TV show on the Travel Channel featured not one, but two Chrysler Town & Country barn finds. How’d we pull that off? A little bit of luck goes a long way! We spotted an old Chrysler station wagon, and when we arrived at the barn, Corky ended up…

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Around here, it’s not too hard to find an old Ford or Chevy sitting in a barn, but a Packard? Yeah, that’s a whole different ball game, and it’s a rare day in the life of a barnstormer. We found this one in Flintstone, Georgia, and jumped on it, because it came with enough parts…

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The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the project, right? Yep, that pretty much sums it up! We stumbled across this vintage bus during the filming of the Backroad Gold TV show, and had intentions of a quick clean up, but that morphed into a full on restoration. Isn’t that how it always goes? Anyway, we…

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There are thousands of barns here in the Southeast, and you just never know what might be hiding inside. For our most recent Barnstormin’ adventure on Backroad Gold, we didn’t have to travel too far, as our lead sent us to Lafayette, Georgia. When we got there, we didn’t have to wonder what was in…

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Even though some of our staff here at Honest Charley might be from other parts of the country, we’re all country boys at heart. That’s why this ’55 Willys Jeep reached out and grabbed us, when we found it during the filming of Backroad Gold. It had certainly seen better days, but the core parts…

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Have you ever wondered how and when the big fins of the late ’50s originated? You’re looking at it! You might’ve thought finned quarter panels got a kickstart when the 1957 Chevrolet rolled off the showroom floor. However, in 1956, Plymouth revised its Belvedere model to include stylish new fins on the quarter panels. It’s…

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Honest Charley handles a lot of different tasks on a day to day basis, from a tune up on a Model T to a complete restoration of a 1976 International Scout. An International Scout? Yes sir, but it’s not just any ol’ Scout. It’s called the Spirit of ’76, and it’s a special edition that…

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