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OCTOBER 2021 THE SHOP 37 He and his son, Dave, love and col- lect FoMoCo cars, but will restore just about anything for a good customer. For instance, Ross built the body for one of the very few sports cars that Briggs Cunningham built in the early 1950s. Obermeyer stresses that a low shop rate doesn't mean cheap fixes. "It takes many hours to do a car, and it's expensive," he says. "A lot of people don't know what they're getting into when they take a car to be restored." He warns that it is nearly impossible to predict what you're going to find when you take a car apart and "there's no way to cut corners." GROWING A LITTLE AT A TIME One of D&M Corvette Specialists' ( keys to success was growing a little bit at a time. Another was offering a wide range of automo- tive services, from collector car sales to services such as body shop work and mechanical repairs. Dave Glass, who owns the Downers Grove, Illinois business, operates in a whole row of adjacent buildings pur- chased one-by-one as D&M grew. Each building takes care of a different aspect that was added to the operation. There's a parts department, a sales showroom, a body shop, a fabrication shop and a service department. The showroom is done in '50s style and includes an old filling station, a malt shoppe and a sales boutique. D&M's reputation is built on decades of experience and growth. Corvettes are the specialty, but it has expanded into servicing and selling street rods, muscle cars and other classics as well. Corvettes that were sold or restored by D&M have earned Gold Certification, Top Flight Awards and Gold Spinner Awards at 'Vette shows. "There are no shortcuts when we restore a Corvette," says Glass, who feels that his customers place high value on the level of perfection and performance reflected in the final product. "Our combined experi- ence in body work, custom paint, service, restoration, fabrication, engineering and design exceeds 100 years." A rural location near a large highway brings business to Ross Obermeyer. Dave Glass added one building at a time to grow his D&M Corvette Specialists shop. Dave Glass behind the counter in D&M's parts department. D&M's boutique showroom sells cars, T-shirts and other automotive gear.

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