KTL Restorations in Danville, Virginia, is home to some of the most well-trained and passionate auto restoration mechanics and professionals in the industry. Every member of our team has a story that connects them to the history and magic of classic cars. That’s why we’re able to take on any project with precision and vigor to bring old cars back to their former glory. Take a moment to learn more about the amazing individuals who make up our team and provide stellar results for our clients!
Kurtis Thomas Lawrance Owner & President
Building and restoring cars is in Kurt's blood. Starting alongside his father at the age of 13, they build a 1970, 428 CJ Drag Pack, Mercury Cougar Eliminator. That is when KTL Restorations, Inc. was born. The duo learned everything they needed to bring the old cate back to life. Together they completed the car in 1999 and went on to win every award on the circuit, leading to the car's retirement in 2004.
You'll find Kurt working everywhere in the shop from sheet metal, electrical, engine building to frame repair, but what he loves most is being in the paint booth. Kurt is a self-taught painter and with a SATA spray gun and Glasurit, he is a kid in a candy store. In 2013, he won the Best Paint Award for the Cougar Club of America. His meticulous attention to detail and paint skills were quickly turning heads and Modified Mustangs & Ford Magazine published a 4-page center spread, in what is now coined the "KTL Candy Car". This was just the beginning of what was to come, and he and the business now hold over 60 accolades.
In 2014, Kurt found himself standing alongside his father on the Barrett Jackson stage with their record-breaking Mercury Cougar Eliminator. It was then that Craig Jackson called Kurt "The Cougar Specialist", a name that has stuck ever since and now carries on as his official social media hashtag.
Kurt and his father proudly built KTL Restorations from the ground up. After battling pancreatic cancer, his father passed in 2014. Kurt decided to keep his memory, passion, and dream alive, and he and his wife, Crystal, began rebranding and rebuilding KTL Restorations.
Kurt may be known as the Cougar Specialist, but Kurt and his team are ready to help vehicle owners preserve history and memories regardless of the make, model, or year.
Kurt and the staff of KTL Restorations continue to be nationally recognized by multiple media outlets and press including the following, notable mentions:
Hemming Motor News Calendar Cover 2002
Legendary Motorcar Company TV appearance (3x over 2015-2020) - Motortrend
Featured BASF Vehicles - SEMA 2018, 2019, 2021
Featured 2019 Darryl Starbird's Rod & Custom, Tulsa, OK: First all original stock car to receive the Fine Nine award in the show's 55-year history, 1st place Muscle Car, 1st place - Best Original All Restored
Hemmings Muscle Machines as featured restoration in March 2019 (Lethal Cat)
Good Guys Rod and Custom 2019 Muscle Car of the Year Winner
Keeneland Concour d'Elegance, American Performance Class Winner
Outstanding Custom - Birmingham World of Wheels (Copperhead)
NSRA Builders Showcase featured vehicle (Copperhead) - 2021
Glasurit Best Paint Finalist - SEMA 2021
Designer and builder of "Project Artemis", owned by Hemmings Motor News
Designer and builder of "Pinnacle", the official Glasurit Paint truck
2021-present, design and building "Talent" for the Collision Refinish Education Foundation (CREF) in an initiative to bring awareness to youth opportunities within our industry
Publications include: Legendary Cougar Magazine, Modified Mustangs & Fords, At the Sign of the Cat, Good Guys Rod and Customs, and Hemmings Muscle Machines, and upcoming features in Hemmings Motor News and Modern Rodding
2021 KTL vehicle featured in pilot for TV Series "SEESAW"
YouTube Series "Project Artemis" on Hemmings Network
Documentary Filming via YouTube for KTL's "Copperhead"
Top regional company award and featured ad for Danville, VA River District renovation
Crystal Trammell Lawrance
Crystal brings unparalleled energy and vision to the KTL Restorations team. No one has greater pride in the work we complete for our customers or gets more satisfaction from seeing a beautifully restored vehicle. For Crystal, being in the auto restoration industry is all about the people and connecting them with their memories and family. We all have a shared joy for these vehicles, whether it’s because we remember our dads driving them home for the first time, or because we learned to drive on one. Classic cars are close to our hearts, and we love to bring out their best to help everyone see their beauty and power.