Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Owner and lifelong car enthusiast Jeff Snyder founded the company back in 1990 as an auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic 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 a passion for cars won over. Now with a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers Jeff’s Resurrections offers complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our restoration work has won many awards as well as enjoying editorial coverage in renowned motoring and motorcycle magazines like Hemmings Sports & Exotic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, Jaguar Journal, Corvette Magazine and Cycle World. With premises encompassing 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership, the shop is located in Taylor, Texas, a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas.
Initially Jeff’s Resurrections specialized in Jaguars and the shop has restored numerous national champions, including the very first production E-Type Coupe and a 1962 E-Type OTS that won the Challenge Cup Championship and Williams Lyons Trophy in 2003. We were proud back in 2002 when a 1939 Jaguar SS Drophead, restored in 1998, received the ultimate accolade of an invitation to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and prouder still in 2015 when a 1937 Jaguar SS100 Roadster, cosmetically restored by the shop, triumphantly took First in Class at that same event. In 2016, a Jaguar XK140, originally owned by King Hussein of Jordan, was another award winner during Monterey Car Week, winning Second in Class at The Quail, A Motorcar Gathering. That same car took Best in Show in 2017 at the JCNA International Jaguar Festival with the only perfect 100-point score of the event. Jeff is an acknowledged marque expert and often serves as Concours Judge at national and international Jaguar events.
Jaguars are just part of the story however. We have been privileged to work on many diverse vehicles in the past thirty years. Notable projects have included a venerable 1902 Oldsmobile, a 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible, originally owned by President LBJ, a 1971 4-speed Hemicuda Coupe that broke records when it sold for over a million dollars at auction, a 1963 Shelby Cobra CSX2061 and a spectacular 1967 Porsche 906E that hammered sold for $1.65 million in 2015 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction. Among our other projects, the 1967 Bizzarini featured in the movie “Bullitt”, a multiple award winning 1936 Auburn Speedster, another recipient of a Pebble Beach invitation in 2016 and a 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker, the only 1963 Tanker to ever achieve a Duntov award. In 2016 a very rare 1940 BMW 335, extensively refined by the shop, won a class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We were proud to achieve another coveted NCRS Duntov Award at the 2019 National Convention for a 1969 L88 Corvette Roadster and very privileged to have restored the 1966 Ford GT40 that won Best in Show, American, at the 2019 Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance here at home in Texas.
Jeff’s Resurrections also undertakes work on antique motorcycles. The team was responsible for the paintwork on the oldest Vincent Motorcycle in America, winner of the May 2014 Quail Motorcycle Gathering and on a Vincent Rapide, aka “Hellboy”, class winner at the May, 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.
In spite of the pandemic, we’re honored that our restorations have continued to receive accolades and grateful that the classic car hobby continues to flourish. 2020 got off to a good start at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with another ground-up restoration project, an outstanding 1967 Bizzarrini Strada that once starred in the movie Bullitt taking Best in Class, as did an exquisite 1936 Auburn Speedster, previously restored in our workshop. A 1963 Z06 Tanker, already a Duntov recipient, pulled off much coveted Bloomington Gold certification in Indianapolis, finishing up the year with the MCACN Award. This may be the only 1963 Z06 Tanker to ever win the Triple Crown. In 2021 we achieved our third Duntov Corvette with a triple-black 1967 435 Roadster, awarded its Duntov in three shows, a nearly impossible feat.
In August 2021, a spectacular 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster restored at the shop made its debut at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, taking a Primary First Award. In 2022 it went on to take a Senior Award at the same event, as well as winning the prestigious award for Best Auburn. This March, 2023, it won Best in Class at The Amelia out in Florida. The 1967 Bizzarini Strada continues to turn heads. Invited to be on special display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, it was granted a weekend pass to enter the Eyes on Design Show in Michigan, winning its class. In 2022 the car was awarded Best in Show at the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance in Houston, taking Best in Show again at the Concorso Italiano out on the Monterey Peninsula. The shop continues to turn out the very best Jaguar restorations in the country, with a Jaguar XKE OTS winning Best in Show at the 2022 International Jaguar Festival.
However we appreciate that it’s not just about winning awards at concours and shows. Our cars aren’t trailer queens, they’re restored to be driven, whether on rallies or long-distance tours, or simply on a Sunday drive. One of our happiest moments was watching a customer drive his 100-6 Austin Healey straight out of the shop doors, to embark on a 3000 mile-round trip from Texas to California.
Here’s to the journey.