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Cheech Marin's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Have you ever owned a car that was a true "chick magnet?" That term is not politically correct, but it most accurately describes my first car, a '55 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. Whenever I drove it, girls would follow me around and honk their horns at me. Some would pull alongside my cool ride and want to race. If you saw this machine at the time, you might be surprised that I got such a reaction from so many women. Let's just say this Tri-Five was far removed from concours condition.

Classic Industries' Supplier OER Wins 2 SEMA 2022 Global Media Awards!

OER, one of Classic Industries’ premier product suppliers, took home two Global Media Awards at the 2022 SEMA Show. OER won the two SEMA Global Media Awards for two separate products, from two different publications, located in two different countries! The SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognizes that automotive restoration, personalization, and customization is taking place, and expanding, on a global level. Classic Industries has been aware of this for quite some time, as we've been supplying American muscle car and truck parts and accessories to distant parts of the globe for many years.

Find Your C1-C6 Corvette (1953-2013) Parts at Classic Industries

General Motors car designer Harley Earl unveiled a two-seater 1951 LeSabre concept car at Watkins Glen racetrack in upstate New York in 1951. While watching the field of British and Italian sports cars careening around the track on that fateful day, Mr. Earl realized that American car companies weren't designing, engineering, and building anything like those fast, stylish, lightweight, and stunning vehicles that were flying around the track with such grace and ability. American cars were all ponderously large and heavy in comparison to the lithe European machines. Even his two-seat LeSabre, though low was wide, immense, and a heavy-looking beauteous beast of an automobile. 

1967 Camaro SS/RS - Reborn From the Flames

A lot can change in a few short years, and this 1967 Camaro convertible is proof of that fact. Back in 2014, we met its owner, Tim Bair, and took some photos of the car. However, the sleek, dark gray pro-tourer seen in these photos bears almost no resemblance to the bright red, chrome-accented car we photographed eight years ago. And the changes are much more than skin-deep — Tim's Camaro is now powered by a 750-horsepower supercharged LS9 engine, with numerous other modifications inside and out. Many of these changes were the result of a fire that occurred in 2019, leaving the car totaled and Tim hospitalized for 10 days.

Auto Enthusiast Influences Along an American Muscle Car Landscape

The sort of vehicles that someone gets exposed to in one's upbringing can lead to the kind of cars and trucks that the driving age person wishes to own. If the vehicle is old enough (and the car's would-be caretaker has sufficient spending cash), it could be the sort of car/truck that an auto enthusiast wishes to purchase as a project vehicle to maintain (if it's running), renovate, or resto mod. The various forms of media - a la radio, TV, the movies, the internet, video games, etc., all can contribute in a big way to this sort of automotive exposure and influence.

Video: Dylan McCool's Abandoned Challenger Rescue Project

"I have always wanted a Challenger," says Dylan McCool. "When I was a kid, I grew up with Dad having Challengers and 'Cudas around. I grew up watching Vanishing Point with the 4-speed, so my dream has always been to have a Challenger with a 4-speed in it. And now I have that! It's finally here." At Classic Industries, we love to see this level of enthusiasm and determination from young classic car owners like Dylan, so we were glad to help him get the restoration parts he needed to take his Challenger from a rusty yard ornament to a running, driving muscle car.

New Product: 1966-70 Dodge and Plymouth V8 Emblem

No designation is more directly tied to the history of muscle cars than the term V8. Although not every V8-powered car was a muscle car, every one of the most famous American muscle cars offered at least one V8 engine option. From the 318 to the 383, and the 440 to the legendary 426 Hemi, Dodge and Plymouth offered a fantastic selection of V8 engines during the late '60s and early '70s. Classic Industries recently unveiled a new product for owners of vehicles powered by these Mopar V8s: OER's authentic reproduction of the 1966-70 Dodge and Plymouth V8 fender emblem.

Lighting Up Your 1960-72 Chevrolet & GMC Truck's Cab

Whether you're building a show truck, a daily driver workhorse, or an occasional use weekend cruiser, sometimes you just need to find those parts and accessories that will finish off your ride. Even if they're small and inexpensive components, because of their engineering, design, function, fit, and finish they can form the basis for items that are categorized as must have automotive jewelry. Something as prominent as a Bow Tie grill or GMC emblem that adorns the center of your 1967-68 GM pickup's nose would be a glaring example of such an exquisite sort of trinket.

PLYMOUTH - Your 1968-72 Mopar's Badge of Honor

The Chrysler Corporation created the Plymouth automobile division to compete with Ford and Chevrolet in 1928 in the "entry-level" car market. Then Chrysler employee Joe Frazer, who later in his automotive industry career founded the Frazer-Nash car company, coined the Plymouth moniker. Many folks believe that the car brand is named after Plymouth Rock, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims landed on November 11, 1620, but that’s not the case.

Video: "Fully Torqued" Restores a '66 Impala with Classic Industries Parts

We always enjoy helping customers restore their classic cars, but it's especially fun when we get to see the results firsthand. So, when the TV production team for HISTORY channel's "Fully Torqued" reached out to us for some help with a local 1966 Impala restoration project, we were glad to assist. The episode, which recently aired, shows how new bumpers, trim, and other parts from the Classic Industries Impala/Full Size Chevy catalog revitalized this '66 Impala convertible.