– New Zealand's Premier Home of American Muscle –

Founded by Gus Burke waaay back in 1957, Burkes have upheld a proud tradition of innovation and performance, with a team of master craftsmen among the best in the industry.  Headed up since 1999 by second generation Burke Jason.

With a passion for perfection, fueled by a maniac obsession to beat metal into wicked stylish form and wrap it round performance powerhouse parts, our team can create just about anything you can imagine and beyond. There are just two conditions – it’s got to be American and it’s got to turn heads because we don’t do things by halves.

Being based in New Zealand provides an attractive option for many of our international clients. New Zealand is synonymous with innovation and quality, and a favorable exchange rate means build costs are highly competitive. Just ship it to us and we’ll take care of the rest.

Burkes has the talent and facilities to manage any job including restoration, performance modifications, one-off fabrication, and custom panel & paint. A Burkes ride comes with a unique combination of power, performance and style.

Those in the know agree: Nothing beats a Burkes.


Jason Burke - Director and Master Fabricator

Jason Burke is a master fabricator and designer who has been the talent behind numerous award winning projects both in New Zealand and the US. Jason is the owner of a '66 fastback and '70 Cuda which can be seen in the Gallery section of this site.

Steve McLachlan - Director and General Manager

Steve looks after the business end of Burkes Metalworks. Prior to his current management role, Steve built a reputation as a high-end automotive painter. (Steve's mother was a Burke so building high performance muscle cars is in his DNA). Steve is the owner of '69 fastback which can be seen in the Gallery. He is also working on the badest GT40 you will ever see!

Claire - Administration Manager




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