When he was only 16 years old, Vinnie completed his first restoration, on a 1932 Pontiac two-door coupe, marking the beginning of his passion for cars and his life-long journey toward Muscle Cars of Texas. Vinnie moved to Texas in 1980 from New York and opened his first shop in Houston, Universial Car and Corvette, he quickly became one of the most well-known Corvette restorers in the state. However, Vinnie aspired to something greater. He soon expanded his knowledge base to include all things muscle car and opened Muscle Cars of Texas in 2000.
With hundreds of completed builds under his belt, Vinnie can diagnose a problem by simply listening to it. Learning the inner workings of classic car restoration the old-fashioned way by touch and test, much of Vinnie’s training was acquired by hands-on experience. For more than 40 years, Vinnie has served classic car enthusiast from all over the world, building custom and classic cars that have helped raise the bar for today’s restoration expectations.
“I dream of Jeannie” is a ‘car girl’ and has proven herself to be one of the Team! Jeannie has lived in some of the biggest cities in the U.S. and learned how to drive her first which was a Muscle Car, her Sister’s 1969 Camaro SS. Jeannie also got to test drive her son’s very first vehicle he bought out of pocket which was a 1991 305 TBI Camaro RS, which he might have regretted!
Jeannie is family, and we needed someone in the office that we could trust ‘right here at Muscle Cars of Texas’ and so we called her to come on down. Then before we knew she did what family does and listed her home outside of Chicago and sold it within days, packed up her car, and drove down to Alvin, Tx. Jeannie began working for us here at the shop a week later, kicking it in gear and hitting the floor running! She sure can hold her own with the guys even with all the dirt, grease, exhaust and al! Jeannie tries to get us to ‘step-it-up’ here at the shop, bringing with her many years of multi-industry Executive Business and Human Resource Management for International and Domestic Hotel Groups such as Hotel Inter-Continental - Chicago, Starwood Hotels and Resorts & Acquisitions (Westin & Sheraton), Mandarin Oriental - DC, and more.
Jeannie handles the front/back office duties of the daily operations of the business. From phones, to placing orders, ordering and receiving parts, bookkeeping, coordinating car shows and event planning, makes travel plans, coordinates drop off and delivery of customers vehicles, and helps keep projects on schedule. Oh yeh, she makes a lot of lists too!
“I am originally from Houston, Tx. I basically started out by taking things apart to see how they worked. This was a good thing considering my first few vehicles started out as junk. The first real shop I worked with was an Auto & A/C shop. I walked in with a cardboard box full of tools and went to work installing A/C systems in Fieros.
I have worked with several off-road and hot rod shops. This allowed me to tune my fabricating skills. After that, I spent nearly 20 years in auto dealerships. Then, I met Vinnie and we have been restoring & resto-moding American muscle cars since then. One of the most difficult aspects of a resto-mod project is to not fall into a pattern. Each project must appear to be a one off car. That is what we take pride in here at MCT, constantly raising the bar and challenging each others capabilities.”
“Born and raised in Houston, Texas, and being raised around cars since I was knee high to a grasshopper. One of my first cars was a 1967 Mustang. After that I knew I was hooked. Being a self taught mechanic I have worked all over the state, building my skills building everything from street cars to giant monster trucks. As time went on I decided to go to several technical colleges to attend classes for fabrication, sheet metal, welding, and automotive technologies.
At Muscle Cars of Texas family we take great pride to bring the finest cars on the planet to our customers.”