Shop History

” The Cord Custom Coupe”

A Family Tradition.

Meares Paint and Body got its start back in the early 60′s.  Joe Meares also known as “Pop” was one of a few true hot rodder’s cruising the streets of Charlotte NC, and a founding member of the Rod Exclusive Car Club.  The name said it all, no lead sleds or late model cars allowed!  During the late 50′s Joe was a tool and die maker during the day and a rod builder at night.  His personal car at the time was a 1936 Ford convertible with a Carson top and a Cotton Owens Pontiac engine under the hood. He drove it to and from work and took weekends off to race it at the Chester Drag Strip. In 1961 Joe took a chance.  He sold his beloved Ford and quit his job as a tool and die maker to open Meares Paint and Body.  Instead of building custom rods he shifted his focus to restoring antique and classic cars.  One of those cars , a very rare 1937 Cord Custom Coupe, is seen in the photo here.  This car is on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.  Joe with the help of his son Mark, who now runs Meares Paint and Body, have built some of the most beautiful cars that have ever cruised the Carolina streets.  Joe retired in the mid 80′s, his son Mark took over, moved the shop to York SC, and has turned Meares Paint and Body into one of the Southeast’s premier collision repair centers.   Pop passed away on May 18, 2002, but not before passing down all the knowledge and passion for his profession to his oldest grandson Bryan Meares.  Mark and Bryan run the shop to this day.  They still find time to fit the classic rods and choppers in between all the insurance and local repairs, and they still do it all as a family!  They still strive for perfection and follow the lesson and legacy that Pop Meares left behind, wheather it is in the collision field or laying down some custom paint on rods and motorcycles.  Customer satisfaction and chasing perfection will always be the standard at Meares Paint and Body.  So if you need a custom paint job or an insurance repair, stop by the shop and talk to Mark or Bryan.

"Pop and the Cord Custom Coupe"

“Pop and the Cord Custom Coupe”


"Mark and the Cord Custom Coupe"

“Mark and the Cord Custom Coupe”

"Bryan ready to follow in Pops foot steps"

“Bryan ready to follow in Pops foot steps”