Tex Earnhardt Wiki – Tex Earnhardt Biography
Tex Earnhardt who was Iconic Arizona car dealer, has passed away at the age of 89 from natural causes, Earnhardt Auto Centers announced on their website Sunday.
Tex Earnhardt Age
He was 89 years old.
Tex Earnhardt Death
With great sorrow, Earnhardt Auto Centers announces the passing “Tex” – whom so many know to be the founder of Earnhardt Auto Centers – at the age of 89.
Tex Earnhardt Nationality
Tex Earnhardt is an American
Tex Earnhardt Early Life, Family
Tex Earnhardt was Born on December 9th, 1930 growing up in rural Texas, near the Rio Grande River Valley, he (along with his family) moved to Chandler, Arizona as a teenager.
Tex Earnhardt Parents, Family, Early Career
Son to Hal Earnhardt, Sr, Tex became a rodeo cowboy and worked at the family’s gas station located in “old town” Chandler, off Arizona Avenue. Seeing an opportunity to sell the very cars and trucks that he filled and serviced, Tex Earnhardt became the youngest person to ever receive a Ford Franchise – just before his 21st birthday. Earnhardt Ford (the first of many Earnhardt Auto Centers) was founded on September 4th, 1951, right here in Arizona.
Tex Earnhardt Career
The 89-year-old was famous for his TV ads where he would sit on top of a steer and say his phrase: “That ain’t no bull.” Here are two ads featuring Earnhardt:
Selling one vehicle at a time, Tex built the business by hand with hard work, integrity, dedication and sweat equity; the cowboy way. In the process, Tex raised a daughter and 2 sons. His sons and several of his grandchildren today are involved in running the thriving businesses of Earnhardt Auto Centers and Earnhardt Ranches.
In the 68+ years since 1951, Earnhardt Auto Centers has grown from 1 to 23 dealerships, representing 17 brands, with locations in both the Phoenix Metro as well as Las Vegas Metro markets. In recent years, Automotive News has continually ranked Earnhardt Auto Centers among the top dealer groups in the Nation (among more than 150 dealer groups).
Earnhardt’s sons Hal and Jim Babe Earnhardt said, “It’s a time to remember and grieve, but the company – and the mission to serve its surrounding communities – will continue to grow and expand; ensuring the legacy and spirit of Tex Earnhardt is felt and present for many, many years to come.”