VINTAGE CAR SPECIALIST
& Vintage Parts
Disc Brake upgrades
LS and LT Swaps
Motor and Trans Rebuilds
A collection of cars we've renovated with passion
First and foremost we are automotive enthusiasts. We are a part of the culture and the fabric that make up the American automotive enthusiast. If you've ever got in your vehicle, whatever it may be, and gone for a drive other than to pick up milk from the grocery store or to drive to work, in other words other than to get from point A to point B, but instead for the joy and freedom of the drive itself with the ride you love, then you are an automotive enthusiast as well! If you wanted to summarize what we do, what we are all about, it would be best said that it is our job or better yet our mission to bring that experience of being on any one of America's great open roads with a vintage American classic or custom to life. We are third generation craftsmen and we love what we do!
We are a third generation family owned and operated shop. Dominic Forte, the founder of the company, moved down to St. Petersburg, Florida in the late 40's after the war ended. He served in WW2 as a mechanic. After the war ended he and his family moved down to St. Pete from Massachusetts, where he was originally from. After a decade working for Waldren Pontiac he developed quite a following. A regular customer of Dominic's at the time convinced him that he needed to start his own shop. That same customer believed in Dominic so much that he even loaned him the money to start the business on nothing more then a hand shake and In 1956, he and his wife Marion Forte, started Forte's Super Service. The business became very successful and in 1976 Dominic's younger son, Dom Forte, took over the shop. In the late 80's Dom began restoring some of the very same vehicles his father had worked on in years past alongside his successful auto repair business. Eventually, he renamed the business Forte's Auto Repair and Restoration. Fast forward to today, we decided to solely focus on vintage American classics and customs. Because we narrowed our focus, we are able to put all our time, resources, and efforts into better perfecting our craft. We are
Forte's Classic Garage.