A well-established Bridgeport, Connecticut, entrepreneur, Colton Amster guides Redline Restorations and focuses on the restoration of vintage automobiles. Colton Amster recently oversaw the move of his vintage car showroom from Fairfield Avenue to a larger-scale Black Rock warehouse that dates back to the 1930s.
The historic, nearly breaching 90,000-square-foot brick facility initially held a Ford dealership and was most recently an ABC siding and roofing business. Prior to its re-opening, it sat boarded up and vacant for six years, and Mr. Amster described being drawn to its “character and charisma,” despite the decay that had set in. An extensive process of renovation included clearing out dumpster loads of debris and even moving out a family of raccoons that had made a home on the site. Particular efforts were made to preserve the original brickwork.
The spacious warehouse now encompasses two floors, including a 12,000-square-foot showroom for vintage restored vehicles and a storage space designed for car owners wanting a secure spot to park their wheels. Also incorporated are a client’s lounge and six separate mechanic’s bays for restoration work. The upper floor houses a quieter area that is available for events such as weddings and corporate functions.