COLLISION PROS HISTORY

Collision Pros San Antonio 1929

“Dandy” Sanders (posed center, wearing vest), the grandfather of present-day owner Bill Constable, just before the Great Depression hit. Back then, Collision Pros was known as Sanders Top and Bodyworks, and they acquired military contracts to stay afloat during those tough years.

In 1929 my grandparents Louis and Jessie Sanders opened SANDERS TOP and BODY WORKS in San Antonio… As a baby I nicknamed Louis, Dandy, and Jessie, Nonnie… Shortly after opening, the economy went thru the great depression… During this time to keep the shop productive they decided to make stretch cars by taking two 4 door cars and making one 8 door car…. These were for officers in the military… Hence the first stretch limos as we know today… As soon as Dandy would complete a limo Nonnie, would take off to deliver the limos so they could meet their payroll… The military would pay in cash and my grandmother would catch a train back to San Antonio… She delivered from California to New York City, from Florida to Washington State and all points in between….

In the 60’s Dandy decided he wanted to do something different… He moved to South Texas to become a farmer… He knew the shop needed a strong manager and found one in an Air Force pilot named Jack Fisher… Jack’s family was from up north…. Dandy and Nonnie paid his moving expenses and purchased his wife and kid’s a house in San Antonio….

Collision Pros San Antonio 1960s

A 1960s era photo of Sanders Top and Bodyworks, still going strong and eventually to become Collision Pros, a landmark that has provided nearly 90 years of quality service to the San Antonio area and is still proud to be a family-owned business.

At some point in the early 70’s the shop was incorporated and moved from “Down Town” San Antonio to 6308 San Pedro… It was now named Sanders- Fisher Auto Body Inc.… It thrived at this location for many years…

Dandy passed away in 1985… in 1992 Nonnie and Jack decided to expand the business and opened this shop on Nacogdoches Rd. It was named Jack Fisher Auto Body… I decided to join the family business in 1993 and ran this shop until Jack passed away in 1998. I purchased this shop from my Grandmother for a dollar….. Jack’s family took over the San Pedro location…. To save confusion and separate the shop, my shop was renamed Collision Pros…

Nonnie passed away as I held her hand in 2001… The only request she ever asked of me was “Always keep the old-fashioned customer service values” in a business that has become so corporate…

—William Constable

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