Didn't get an answer to my question. I may have to just email the reporter for the Miami New Times, or the other media outlets that the article says covered this: the Miami Herald, Car and Driver, the Los Angeles Times, Inside Edition, and the Associated Press.
This is what it's looking like to me:
1. George Levin buys Classic Motor Carriages in 1978.
2. By 1994, the State of Florida had amassed 900 complaints against Classic Motor Carriages, and the Florida Attorney General's Office sued them.
3. Classic Motor Carriages's sales plummeted, they were evicted from their headquarters, and they closed down.
4. George Levin launched a new company called Auto Resolutions.
5. In 1999, the case had made its way through the court system, and Classic Motor Carriages had to pay nearly $3 million in fines for fraudulent business practices.
6. At the same time, Auto Resolutions began selling kits under the brand name Street Beasts.
So, the exact same guy that owned Classic Motor Carriages started StreetBeast after CMC got busted by the State of Florida for fraud?