KTL Restorations

“The Cougar Specialist”


KTL Restorations is a nationally recognized facility in Southern Virginia for premier auto restoration and custom car builds. They use their skills, experience, and passion to transform old school cars into new pieces of art to drive and enjoy. Every single car that comes to their facility has one important thing in common — history. Over time, they may have lost their shine, power, or comfort. It’s their goal to bring vehicles back to their former glory, and maybe even get them looking better than they did the day they rolled off of the manufacturer floor. With comprehensive services for every aspect of classic cars, their team is the one-stop shop for prestigious restorations. Their experts perform everything from frame and chassis repair to professional painting, they take care of everything on-site to completely transform a car into its best condition ever. They use only the best in high-quality products and parts to ensure a vehicle will be looking and running well for many years to come! They’re proud of their part in maintaining the history of these cars and preserving the memories that come with them!

Award-Winning Restoration Service


Listening to your favorite song on the radio, feeling the sunshine through the car window, and enjoying a smooth ride on a newly paved road. This might sound like a far-fetched dream to many, but not for the clients of KTL Restorations! Their team in Danville, Virginia, provides expert classic car restorations that take vehicle owners back in time so they can enjoy the same — or better — luxury and performance their classic car offered as the day it left the dealership. Whether your car is forty or sixty years old, thier team can provide the structural and mechanical repairs to bring it back to life, so you can get back on the road and enjoy it like the good-old-days. They perform repairs, painting, and upgrades in-house, so you know that your car is only being worked on by trained and vetted professionals. Their team works with each of our clients to create specific goals and plans, ensuring you get what you ask for from your auto restoration.

KTL Staff & Cougar

The Industry’s Repair and Restoration Experts for 1967-1973 Mercury Cougars

KTL Cougar Restoration

The name KTL Restorations is nearly synonymous with Mercury Cougar restoration. No one has a greater connection or passion for these vehicles than their team in Danville, Virginia. It all started with their founder, Tom Lawrance, who loved Cougars and spending his time and money restoring them to their full glory. He saved his money while stationed in Vietnam to buy a 1968 Cougar with a 6.5-liter engine and 4-speed transmission. That same passion translated to his son, Kurt Lawrance, who spent his summers as a student working in the family garage on his dad’s next Cougar, a Yellow 1970 Eliminator with a 428 engine. When it needed work, Kurt sought out solutions. Along the way, he learned everything about mechanical repairs, electrical diagnostics, auto paint and body, and more. The duo’s passion for at-home restorations grew into a reputation for quality accomplishments. Soon, they were the leading resource for anyone who wanted to see their cat brought back to life.

The Cougar Specialist


They focus on returning cars to their original factory showroom condition, which involves careful preservation and restoration. Their attention to detail has won them great respect in the Cougar community. Whether you’re scrolling the CCOA’s database, flipping through Legendary Cougar Magazine, or viewing the world’s best muscle cars, chances are you’ll see the renowned work of KTL Restorations. In 2019, their restoration of the infamous “Lethal Cat,” a 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, went on to win Muscle Car of the Year!

Give Your Cat All Nine Lives Back


KTL Restorations in Danville, Virginia, helps Cougar owners see their dreams come true with exceptional restorations that bring vehicles back to their original glory, power, and prowess. While they don’t only work on these vehicles, there’s no denying their place in their hearts and specialty services. No one can transform, protect, and restore Mercury cats better than them! To learn more about what they do, how they do it, and what they can do for you, please reach out to their team by calling 434-201-4144. They are always eager to take on a new challenge and know that their clients will be floored with the results. Your restoration project is as unique as your vehicle, and their experts will be happy to discuss the timeline and details with you. Your passion project is their life’s work, and they can’t wait to start the process together!

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The Cougars

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible – Jim’s “Cayenne Cougar”

“Cayenne” traveled to SEMA 2021 and was displayed in the Por 15 booth, in part assembly, to showcase vendor product and refinish

Set to premiere at Detroit Autorama, March 4-6th

Modifications include: Custom “Candy” overlay Glasurit 55 line refinish in KTL “Cayenne”; Original bumpers have been shaved to body and re-chromed by Advanced Custom Chrome of Erie, PA; shaved and modified hood scoop; Chassisworks 4 link, Varishock, coil over suspension; IDidIt tilt away steering column: Baer Brakes T4 in “Black Ice” finish and Baer brake booster; Schott Performance 18″ Venom series wheels in Polished finish; Mickey Thompson Tires; Dakota Digital custom built gauge cluster to mock original style with analog and digital upgrades; Sparc Industries, Stallion steering wheel, wrapped with Moore and Giles Tribeca Black leather, Vintage Air upgrades, CVF black and polished combo pulley system, Holley Terminator X fuel injection on top of the rebuilt, original 390 FE engine, Dougs headers, Promaxx heads, CVF Valve covers and hood hinges; XS Power Battery; Painless wiring; Dewitt’s Custom Radiator; Boom Mat by DEI sound-deadning; Titanium header, heat wrap by DEI.

Interior by King’s Auto of Roanoke and Speed & Design of Nashville: Speed & Design: Custom seat covers from Speed & Design, with Moore and Giles in Tribeca Black and Quarry; King’s Auto: modified vehicle and trunk floors, custom convertible boot; Convertible canvas top by Kee Auto Top; Lokar shifter; remaining interior has been fully restored and dyed by KTL Restorations.

1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible Cayenne Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar XR-7

KTL Work performed
  • Minor paint correction
  • 351 Clevelend rebuild and full engine compartment overhaul
  • Custom leather seats
  • Full interior restoration
  • New vinyl roof 
  • A/C upgrades from
  • New floor pan, torque boxes and frame rails from
  • LED conversion
  • Front vacuum delete
  • Front grill restoration
  • Paint detail, buff and polish
  • Undercarriage overhaul
  • Emblem restoration
  • Refinished style steel wheels
  • King’s Auto Upholstery of Roanoke, VA – Upholster for original style XR-7 seats
KTL Restorations Diablo Gato

1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 “G” (rare packaging option)

Paint Code T – Cardinal Red / Candy Apple Red

100% Concours restoration

1968 Mercury Cougar XR7-G

1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Mod

Custom built for a client’s teenage dream-come-true!

Back in highschool, Mike owned a beloved 1968 Cougar, but was not able to keep the car for financial reasons and had to sell it a short time later. In 2017, his long-time goals of having his dream-ride came true. KTL Restorations spent 2 cars building and designing the car he had always wanted. It was unveiled at Carlisle All-Ford Nationals and resides in Georgia with Mike and his family. It will one day be passed down to his grandson.

  • Exterior: Custom “GT-E” inspired 2-tone. Deep Black with Silver bottom
  • Interior: Black
  • Engine: 347 Stroker
1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Mod

1969 Mercury Cougar – Dan Gurney XR7 Gifting Car

The gift that keeps on giving…

This ’69 Cougar was the gifting car in the Canadian – American Challenge Cup Series (Can-am) from the famous American racer, Dan Gurney.

Bruce McLaren took home the win and the ’69 Mercury Cougar.  The car was later found in New Hampshire and fully restored by KTL Restorations in 2013. Later the vehicle was featured on Legendary Motor Car and is now owned in a private collection.

  • Exterior: Paint code T: Red (later known as Cardinal Red / Candy Apple Red)
  • Interior: Red
  • Engine: 428 Cobra Jet, Ram Air induction
  • Transmission: C6
  • Other noted features: power windows, tilt-away column, style steel wheels, XR-7 package
1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible Dan Gurney Special Gifting Car

1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible / Light Mod

Goodguys Rod & Custom Award of Excellence, Raleigh, NC 2019

  • Exterior: Indian Fire Metallic / Burnt Orange ~ Glasurit 55 line
  • Interior: White
  • Engine: 351 Windsor with MSD Ignition
  • Transmission: FMX
KTL Restorations 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible Lazarus

1969 Rare Mercury Cougar Convertible

  • Engine: 428 Cobra Jet / Non- Ram air
  • Transmission: Top Loader 4 speed  / Center force clutch
  • Exterior: Dark Ivy Green Met. / Black Jade
  • Interior: Saddle

100% full rotisserie restoration / concours restoration.

Appox a 20 month restore. Featured in RM 2019 Calendar (BASF Refinish)

KTL Restorations 1969 Mercury Cougar 428 CJ Mercury Cougar Convertible

1973 Mercury Cougar Convertible “Diablo Gato”

Modified – Triple Black with custom, fabricated, inlay bumpers

  • Engine: 414ci Cleveland Ford, powered by the Holley Terminator X Stealth 4150 EFI system from Holley features 4, 100LB/HR Fuel Injectors complete with Trick Flow Specialties CNC heads and March Performance front pulley system.
  • Transmission: Tremec TKO 5 speed
  • Suspension: Chris Alston’s Chassisworks. Coil-Over / A-Arm Conversion Suspension System – Ford / Mercury 60-77. Baer Brakes
  • Paint: Glasurit, a brand of BASF. Deep Black with custom “ghosted” Eliminator stripe in custom mixed “Ghost Pepper”
  • Interior: Stock appearance with ’70 style high-back seats. Stock appearance dash with digital conversation instrument cluster by Dakota Digital. Custom, KTL edition Cougar steering wheel by Con2R
1973 Mercury Cougar Convertible Diablo Gato

1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator “Lethal Cat”

  • All number matching, all original ~ Burnt in June 2013. 4 year restoration by KTL Restorations Inc.
  • Engine: 428 CJ
  • Transmission: Top loader 4 speed
  • Exterior: Competition Yellow ~ Glasurit
  • Interior: Houndtooth
KTL Restorations Lethal Cat

Other Cougars Restored / Light Mod