I first visited Amos Minter in the spring of 1978. I was a senior in college and had saved enough money to take off for spring break. Since I didn't own a car, I rode the bus from Austin to Dallas, and had a friend drop me off at Amos' shop. I was in love with the early t-birds and wanted to learn everything I could about them. Amos spent several hours with me explaining all the differences between the year models, how to tell original colors, etc. It was an afternoon in heaven for a 21 year old girl with no prospects of buying one. I graduated, got my first job, and somehow talked my banker into loaning me the money to buy a t-bird from Amos...for my daily driver. Wat was I thinking? I called Amos to tell him that I was ready to buy a car...finally! He very nicely told me that I was making a big mistake, that I should buy something more economical to drive and maintain, and urged me to reconsider. Practicality has never been my strong suit, but I listened. He was right of course, and my Honda purchase was the right thing to do at the time.
Yesterday, my husband and I drove to Dallas and bought the most BEAUTIFUL 1956 Colonial White Thunderbird! We spent hours with Amos who showed us several different cars, explaining the differences between each one, helping me decide on the right car for me. Amy, Justin, and the other technicians were all so helpful.
It's been over thirty years, but I know that car will be worth the wait. If your dream is to own a vintage early bird, treat yourself and spend a few hours with Amos Minter. H's the best.
December 28, 2012
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