Car people know: When it comes to making a statement, it’s all about the classics. Can you imagine Ferris Bueller “borrowing” anything but a 1961 Ferrari? Or Steve McQueen car-chasing in anything but the green 1968 Bullitt Mustang? How about ZZ Top stepping out of anything but the 1933 Ford Coupe? And who can forget Vin Diesel shredding the road in his 900-hp, 1970 Dodge Charger at the end of The Fast and the Furious?
Jesse Montes gets it—he started restoring classic cars before he was old enough to drive. For the past 25 years, he and his family have found treasures in garages, scoured the globe for rare wheels, and have turned cobwebbed, forgotten metal into classic show cars. His Legendary Classic Cars complex in Brookshire looks like a Prohibition-era hotrod shop, where bootleggers souped-up regular cars into getaway cars. The cars range from a 1929 Model T (restored to glory by Montes’s dad), a 1932 Packard (owned by the former mayor of Fulshear) seen in Hollywood movies, a rare 1941 Willys that looks like it’s on fire—and even cars for celebs like former Astro Lance Berkman. From body work, suspensions and transmissions, to paint and interiors, the family crew at Legendary handles it all with the care of surgeon-archaeologists. Montes tells us how he gets Legendary results in making the old new again:
Today, it’s all about restomodding—and we’ll get you on the road:
Restomod is restoring a classic and adding newer parts to make it the perfect daily driver. (Jay Leno really made it popular.) We mod your engine or transmission – or anything you need – to make your car look like the classic, but perform like a new vehicle.
Forget paint—the most important thing to slap on your baby is powder. That’s how we make sure your baby lives forever:
Anybody can find old parts to mod your classic. We take every piece of your classic, strip it down, and powdercoat it in our special rotisserie powdercoating room. That means every piece of your car will last forever—no rust, no worries. That’s why we can offer a lifetime guarantee: Think of it as permanently sealing your classic.
Want fast? Compare their three years/$140,000 to our six months, $50,000 job:
We took a ’67 Ford GT350 clone Shelby Fastback, and in six months, we stripped it down, and redid the body work, paint, suspension and interior. That job at the popular shop Mustangs 2 Fear takes three years, and costs $140,000. We took six months, and the total cost came in under $50,000. I don’t know anyone who’s done that kind of work that fast—with a lifetime warranty.
What’s the hottest trending classic? We know what people want:
Right now, everyone wants the Ford Mustang Fastback—especially since Carroll Shelby died. We know where to find them, and how to make them street-ready. Classic Camaros and Chargers are really hot too. And we’re always restoring classic Ford pickups.
Stuck in park? We’ll take over your current restoration:
About 60 percent of my calls are people who have vehicles at other shops that just aren’t getting worked on. These people have sunk a lot of money into their car, but nothing’s happening. I’ll examine the car, give you a fair estimate, and take it over and complete it—usually in less time than it’s been sitting. The best part: You don’t pay until you see progress. We’re flat-fee: We don’t do hourly charges, and we don’t charge upfront.
Haven’t found your dream car yet? We’ll find it and restore it:
We’re a one-stop shop: My brother “Boo Boo” and I scour the whole world looking for Porsches, Ferraris, Mercedes, and anything here at home. We’ll acquire that classic and restore it. All you have to do is drive.
Forget the stock market, invest in classic cars:
You do this as long as I have, you hear some crazy stories about family cars in garages netting millions. That’s because classics only increase in value. I’m a car guy, so I love seeing people’s dreams come true when we unveil their baby and they drive it away. But I also love hearing how happy they are with the investment. I don’t want to get into trouble, but let’s just say I’ve made a lot of folks a lot of money!
Legendary Classic Cars
2229 Woods Rd., Brookshire, TX 77423
Your one-stop shop for locating, acquiring and restoring your classic dream car.
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