Colton Amster owns Redline Restorations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he and his team restore rare vehicles with concours-quality craftsmanship. Redline and Colton Amster often participate in local fundraisers and charity events to support the Connecticut community.
In early 2016, Redline Restorations and the Make-a-Wish Foundation came together to make a Connecticut teen’s dream come true. The young man, who lives with a potentially fatal kidney disorder, had been a car lover for his entire life. He wished to have his Ford F-250 restored, and Redline came through for him. The teen was speechless, and extremely grateful for the special gift.
This was not the first time the Make-a-Wish Foundation had granted a vehicle-related wish. In 2013, an aspiring firefighter wanted his Ford Ranger to be equipped with firefighting gear. A local dealership fit the 17-year-old’s truck with emergency lights and other gear, giving him a rig suitable for a volunteer firefighter.
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.
Through Make-A-Wish Connecticut, Nick’s wish to have his truck “jazzed up” was granted, with the assistance and leadership from Red Line Restorations of Bridgeport.