OUR STORY

Located in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Walt Grace Vintage is a unique gallery which showcases and sells the finest investment grade automobiles and guitars. While internationally renowned for our vintage collections, we also offer new instruments, accessories and other related merchandise and services for all ages and budgets.

We are facilitators of dreams; a place where discerning collectors and casual admirers can experience the beauty and artistry inherent to what moves us— sonically, mechanically and emotionally.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Well, aside from the obvious fact that we needed one to put on the sign out front—our name is our inspiration.

Unless you’re a telemarketer with a really bad call list, please don’t call asking to speak with Walt Grace. He’s not a real person—well, at least not real in the literal sense of the word.

The simple answer as to where our name came from is this: Walt Grace Vintage was named after a character from a song by John Mayer, called Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967.

The long answer is best told by our founder, Bill Goldstein, who was inspired to— as the character from the song—follow his own dreams and, well—build his own submarine.

MY STORY IS NOT UNIQUE

"After nearly 25 years in the advertising business, I found myself in desperate need of change. No matter how “successful” I was, or how great things seemed from the outside, true success—and my own happiness— continued to elude me. Sure, I had all the spoils of a successful career, but the further I progressed professionally, the further I was moving away from my own fulfillment. I guess it’s just the nature of the beast—the more successful you become at what you do for a living, the further away you get from the thing that inspired you to do it in the first place.

So here I was, at 44 years old—I was healthy, had a beautiful family, an amazing home; a bunch of cars (and even more guitars), and still, with all of that, was miserable. I (and everyone around me) knew something needed to change, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that it was work that was making me feel this way.

But what was I supposed to do? I was an ad guy—I had always been an ad guy—wasn’t I supposed to always be an ad guy?

I spent months feeling this way—falling deeper and deeper into my funk. It was bad, and was effecting everyone around me. To say I was unpleasant to be around is the understatement of the century. If you had an ear, you were pretty much guaranteed to get it filled with my quandary and just how lost and unhappy I felt.

Then one day—no, one moment—actually, one song changed everything for me. I was in the shower, feeling (as you probably already guessed) extremely down and racking my brain for what was next. And then, in an instant, everything changed, forever.

A song began playing. A song about a man. A song about a man, who, like me, was “desperately hating his old place” and “dreamed to discover a new space”. This sounded very familiar to me. Familiar, but not exactly like me. Because, unlike me, the man in the song knew that— despite what anyone else thought or said—all he needed was “a will to work hard and a library card” and he could change his world. In all fairness, this wasn’t an entirely new concept to me. After all, this was the story of my life—I was the guy with the crazy ideas, who always believed in himself when others didn’t, and ended up (for the most part) on top.

The one thing that I didn’t think of, and this is the clincher, was that “When you’re done with this world… the next is up to you.” Pretty simple concept, huh? Think about it for a second. We are all masters of our own universe, and if something doesn’t feel right—just change it. It really is that simple. The hard part is trusting yourself and just going for it. Don’t just settle because it’s what you’re supposed to do—or, because somebody (or everybody) tells you that you can’t.

Follow your heart, let passion be your guide—work hard and believe in yourself—find your submarine, and just go for it. Because when you’re done with this world, the next (really is) up to you."

“And for once in his life, it was quiet 
As he learned how to turn in the tide 
And the sky was aflare when he came up for air 
In his homemade, fan blade, one-man submarine ride”

- Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967 —John Mayer

BILL GOLDSTEIN

FOUNDER

We talk a lot about fulfilling your dreams at Walt Grace Vintage—well, Walt Grace Vintage, itself, is just that—the result of our founder, Bill Goldstein, finally fulfilling his dream. A successful advertising executive for the better part of 25 years, Bill decided to let passion be his guide for the next chapter of his life, and Walt Grace Vintage was born.

Bill's passion for vintage cars and guitars was never based simply on their utility, and instead, focused also on the beauty and artistry of each. Bill always felt that both vintage cars and guitars belonged in an art gallery of their own, and should be given the same weight and importance of any other works of art.

For as long as he can remember, Bill dreamed of one day making his vintage car and guitar gallery a reality, and now, years later—in the center of one of the most vibrant art districts in the world, Walt Grace Vintage is a reality—a dream realized.

TINA BRADY

VP of Miscellaneous Stuff

To put a title on all that Tina does at Walt Grace Vintage is like trying to figure out who the hell at Pontiac thought the Aztek was a good-looking design—try as you might, it just can’t be done, so we won’t even try.

Tina wears many hats at Walt Grace Vintage—part cafe manager, part master merchandiser, part…err…Partner…

She adds life, warmth and kookiness to our already unique atmosphere. The team affectionately refers to her as “Mother Hen”. Her kind words, engaging stories and magnetic energy are sure to make your experience at Walt Grace one you won’t soon forget.

RANDY MELSER

Manager

As a card-carrying member of the KISS Army since his early days in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Randy knew it was his mission in life to ROCK—and rock he did! Whether on stage or slinging gear to the masses, Randy has been a solid fixture in the music industry for over 20 years. Sharing his love and knowledge of gear and guitars with the world, Randy has earned the reputation for being—not only one of the most knowledgeable— but also one of the nicest guys in the biz!

JONATHAN LEWIS

The Car Guy

Having grown up and worked in the South Florida high-line automotive industry, Jonathan always knew that he would find a home within the car world.

After working directly with manufactures such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and others, he decided that he wanted to be involved in the industry on a more emotional level. This lead in him to the Vintage car world. His passion is evident in everything that he does, and he loves sharing it with anyone that is willing to listen. (He’ll probably tell you regardless).

VINCE CASTILLO

Director of Operations

This is Vince, he is a true lover of both cars and guitars alike. Growing up in Puerto Rico, Vince got up-close and personal with the Porsche culture around him, so close that his first job was detailing cars! He quickly began developing a lifelong passion for the beauty, intricacies, and mechanics of these amazing machines. However, it was a Gibson Les Paul, at the age of 15, that changed his life.

From the first strum, Vince knew music is what he wanted to pursue. He has pursued many angles in the music industry such as performance, production and business throughout the years developing extensive knowledge. Upon relocating to Miami, Vince found a home at Walt Grace Vintage, where he could use all that knowledge and passion to help others make their dreams come true.

PATRICK CORVO

Guitar Guy

As a child, Patrick grew up watching his father run Volkswagen Dealerships. It was only natural that he began fixing cars as a young teenager and developing a passion for the industry. At 15, Patrick began buying and selling cars himself, and by 18 had a small dealership of his own.

Over the past few years Patrick has spent his time with his cars, his guitar, and exploring Germany. Now that he has returned, he's been spending his days here at Walt Grace Vintage. Patrick can either be found in the back room, tuning up a vintage Porsche, or out on the floor playing a Les Paul through a cranked Marshall half stack.

SEBASTIAN LANES

Guitar Guy

Originally from Cuba, Sebastian moved to Miami by way of Barcelona and picked up the guitar at the age of 13. We're still waiting for him to set it down. Transfixed by the blues, his passion for music and vintage gear led him to stumble into Walt Grace Vintage and quickly fit in as one of our most knowledgeable guitarists. Sebastian also works frequently as an artist and session musician throughout the Miami music scene.

LASZLO KRISTALY

Boutique Guy

Laszlo (“The Laz”) was born and raised in South Miami and is a true Renaissance man.

He has a passion for all things classic and is sure to bend your ear telling you why. While spinning classic vinyl and admiring street art around Wynwood, Laz found Walt Grace Vintage and fell in love with the vintage cars and aesthetic charm. His sense of fashion, love for art, and knowledge of vintage classics make him a genuine asset to Walt Grace. By day, Laz can be found managing our boutique and by night, hosting local music events at his own venue—The Boombox. Don’t let his age fool you, this old soul knows where it’s at, and is sure to make an impression.

ELI FURMAN

Tiny Dancer & Guitar Guy

Growing up in Fairfield, Connecticut; Eli has been pursuing the arts passionately from a young age. He began teaching himself guitar at the age of 13, learning all the metal and pop punk covers he could, while also developing a love and skill for what would become his life career; dance! That’s right, this Strat-playing, metal-riffing punk rocker can dance circles around anyone. In 2018 he attended the university of Miami, where he quickly fell in love with the dance culture of the city and decided to stay. Currently, Eli spends his days facilitating dreams at Walt Grace Vintage and at dance studios around the city at night.

Alex Jones

Guitar Repair Dude

Alex Jones is the resident guitar whisperer here at Walt Grace Vintage. A Miami native, Alex first got the inspiration to start tinkering with guitars in 2001 when he saw the techs working at his first job with Guitar Center. Since then, he’s gone on to develop an extensive career as an expert Guitar Technician, boasting an impressive list of clienteles such as the Marley family, Roger Daltry, JLo, and many others. Rest assured: if you get your guitar “Jonesified”, there’s no going back!

P.S. Be sure to inquire about his equally impressive BBQ skills. The man knows how to use a smoker!

DANNY GUAICO

Barista & Guitar Guy

Growing up in Miami with a family of musicians, dancers, and artists, Danny has a HUGE passion for music of all kinds! At only 5 years old he began performing on stages with his father and has not stopped since. His musical journey has included all kinds of styles, genres, and instruments giving him a well-rounded understanding of musician’s needs. He has spent the last 5 years as a creative director for music, dance, and production teams all over Miami. Currently, Danny is writing albums out of a state-of-the-art studio in Doral and making mean cappuccinos at our Walt Grace Cafe! Oh… and ask him to sing you a song.

LAYNE PATRICK

Car Guy

From Marquette, Kansas to Miami, Florida, Layne has traveled a long way to be a part of our team. Just a small-town boy— No really, his town has a 1000 people… — and former wheat and cattle farmer, Layne also modestly considers himself a “bedroom shredder” guitarist. Not only that but at his young age, Layne has collected, restored, and cared for over 15 vintage cars, pursuing his passion all the way this tropical paradise. His knowledge, appreciation and dedication make him the perfect person to talk shop with next time you stop by.