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Our History

Our History
1930
January 1

Kopriva Body Works was founder

Kopriva Body Works was founder
Kopriva Body Works was founded by Johnny and Evelyn Kopriva, opening for business in 1930. Houston was a community of approximately 200,000 residents. The East End neighborhood, where the company operated, was served by street cars along brick lined streets. After 78 years of business, many satisfied customers and loyal friends, as well as their children, are still using our services. Throughout the years we have developed a reputation for uncompromising quality and friendly service.
1940
June 1

Original Building

After a fire destroyed the original building in June 1948, the business moved to the corner of Lockwood and Harrisburg where we have continued to operate for 6 decades.
1950
January 1

50’s Many Changes

During the 50’s many changes in the construction design and mechanical improvements  brought about dramatic changes to Kopriva's, as well as the auto industry.  Auto air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, new innovations in paint composition that were a result of World War II, changed the way cars and trucks were repaired.  Foreign cars such as Mercedes and Volkswagon were introduced from Germany as well as Jaguar, Triumph, and Austin-Healey from England.  These new additions brought about a change in auto repair which Kopriva's adapted to effortlessly.  We have built a reputation for quality foreign car service.
1980
January 1

Financial Community

Financial Community
After spending 21 years in the financial community as a banker, Johnny Kopriva's son, John, joined the business in 1988.  Immediately, plans began to upgrade and renovate the existing building, as well as 7,000 square feet of additional workspace in order to accommodate the business steady growth.
1990
January 1

Third Generation Company

In 1997, Kopriva's became a third generation company when John's daughter, Lara and son, David, joined the firm. Please feel free to call or come by anytime for more information or a shop tour. Kopriva Body Works puts our family name on every product we deliver, so you can count on uncompromising quality…second to none.
2001
May 11

Chamber Of Commerce

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
Gallery Furniture Appreciation
October 11

Chamber Of Commerce

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
Annual Awards Dinner Chairman's Awards
2003
April 11

Chamber Of Commerce Member Golf Tournament

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
Battle Grounds Course April 2003
May 11

Kopriva Crawfish Boil

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2004
April 5

Kopriva Crawfish Boil

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
2006
January 1

The East End of Houston

The East End of Houston has steadily changed over the years but not as dramatically as recently announced. The area where Kopriva is located is scheduled for groundbreaking for the addition of Metro light rail. This rail system will run from downtown Houston to slightly south on Harrisburg at Magnolia and eventually on to Hobby Airport. Plans are now underway to convert the property directly across from the Kopriva's to a modern residential high rise lofts with convenient shopping similar to mid-town, Gulfgate and Meyerland shopping areas. Customers will have the convenience of dropping their damaged vehicles off for repair and riding rail back to downtown Houston or to the Medical Center.
August 1

Chamber Of Commerce

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
Chamber Of Commerce Networking Breakfast
2007
April 11

Chamber of commerce

Kopriva Body Works Expert Auto Body Repair
"Salud Law Enforcement Law" Constable Pet. 6 "Beat the Heat" April 2007