It might come as a surprise to find that some of the most rare cars in the world are being brought back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas.
Jeff Snyder and his team at Jeff’s Resurrections have been doing just that for the past two decades – undertaking the painstaking restoration of some of the most significant cars ever built. The business is housed in a pre-war Dodge dealership in the historic downtown district of Taylor but serves clients from across the country and as far away as Europe and Asia.
Current projects include the 1966 Bizzarini featured in the movie Bullitt, a Jaguar XK140 that was once owned by King Hussein of Jordan, a factory road racing 1963 Corvette Z06 and two of only a handful of XJ220s in the country, Jaguar’s one time supercar.
Snyder, Owner and lifelong car enthusiast, founded Jeff’s Resurrections in 1990, as an auto restoration facility specializing in prestige, pre-1975 classic and antique vehicles. Coming from a family of funeral directors, he attended Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and looked set to follow in his grandfather and father’s footsteps, but the lure of the car won over. Today, he is one of those fortunate people whose passion and business are one and the same.
“We’ve been privileged to have had some very diverse projects pass through our doors in the past 20 years, including a 1902 Oldsmobile, a 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible that was originally bought by President LBJ and an awesome 1971 4-speed Hemi Coupe, that broke records when it sold for over a million dollars at auction,” he said. “The goal is always the same; restore every customer’s car to the highest standard, regardless of marque, age or condition and make it historically correct in every detail, right down to the last nut and bolt.”
The business also undertakes work on antique motorcycles, with recent projects including the paintwork on the 1932 Python Sport featured in the October issue of Cycle World magazine, the only example in the U.S. and the oldest Vincent motorcycle in America.
Jeff’s Resurrections employs a full-time team of eight skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers. The company’s work has won numerous awards and has been featured in renowned motoring magazines like Hemming’s Motor News, Muscle Car Enthusiast and Jaguar Journal.
The historic properties that house the business have appeared in a number of movies and form the backdrop for Harley Davidson’s European bike and apparel catalog. They are in the process of being further extended and renovated to accommodate ever-growing demand.
– Story by Jo Snyder, photos by Ace Tobak