Complete Console Kits for 1966-1972 Chevelle & El Camino

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There are few aspects of car restoration that are more satisfying than returning a worn-out interior to its original factory fresh appearance. One area of interior restoration that has always been of prime importance is the appearance and function of a classic car’s center console. Serving as an interior centerpiece and housing for the shifter, the console is both highly visible and an essential control component. It is also one area of the interior that can really look outstanding when restored to original specs. Cars with worn-out or damaged center consoles as well as those that came from the factory without center consoles at all, will both benefit from the installation of a complete new console assembly. That’s why Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI) now offers complete center console reproduction kits to fit the 1966 to 1972 Chevelle and El Camino.

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Big Summer Savings

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New 2014 summer sale catalogs from OPGI now available with savings up to 30%!

Original Parts Group Inc., the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars, now offers five new 2014 summer sale parts catalogs that are available online and feature thousands of in-demand restoration parts and accessories up to 30% off their regular price.

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Celebrating Collector Cars – National Collector Car Appreciation Day

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The U.S. Senate working in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) councils, have announced that the U.S. Senate has passed Senate Resolution 493 (S. Res. 493) designating July 11, 2014 as the fifth consecutive “Collector Car Appreciation Day.” The date marks the commemoration of a relatively new nationwide event designed to raise awareness of the important role automotive restoration and collector cars play in American society today.

Senate Resolution 493 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). The Senators, who have long been advocates for the automotive restoration and collector car hobby in Washington, formed the non-partisan member Caucus to emphasize the cultural importance of collector cars and to help pay tribute to America’s ongoing love of all things car and motorsports related.

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1970-72 Super Sport Dash & Gauge Conversion Kit for Chevelle, El Camino & Monte Carlo

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The Chevelle, Monte Carlo and El Camino of the early 70s are among the most popular GM A-bodies ever produced, and when ordered with the Super Sport (SS) performance and appearance option packages, those three vehicles represent some of the most desirable and valuable muscle cars ever produced. When it comes to restoring and upgrading any of these great early 70’s classics, it is not surprising that many owners would prefer to fit their cars with SS option parts. Thanks to the availability of the Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI) Super Sport Dash & Gauge Conversion Kit, it’s now possible to replace your standard 1970 to 1972 Chevelle, Monte Carlo or El Camino dashboard with a complete, factory-accurate, reproduction SS-style dashboard.

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Black is Back

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A recent update from the California Division of Motor Vehicles regarding the state’s Legacy License Plate Program should make owners of vintage iron dating from 1963 to 1969 very happy. The California DMV has received the mandatory minimum 7,500 pre-orders necessary to kick start the production and distribution of retro-styled, black with yellow character license plates. The black plates were originally issued in the state between 1963 and 1969, and owners of cars from that era will probably be the most appreciative purchasers, but owners of any California car from any year can purchase and run the plates if they so desire.

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Electric Muscle?

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Classic car enthusiasts have taken many different approaches to building, restoring and maintaining vintage iron in order to keep older cars on the road today. Although it seems most enthusiasts are content to restore their vintage cars back to original factory specifications, there are also those who feel the need to “improve” their cars a bit and it is not totally unusual that some would desire to put a modern chassis and drivetrain underneath the skin of an otherwise vintage vehicle. A classic car with a vintage appearing exterior and modern running gear underneath it could provide both classic looks and modern performance.

Considering that many of today’s newest vehicles utilize electric, or hybrid electric powerplants, it is not surprising that a few creative enthusiasts would want to update their vintage cars with electric power under the hood. More electric experiments have begun to show up at car shows, club meets and of course, on the Internet lately. So far, the movement toward electrifying older cars has been small and mostly confined to vintage vehicles of lesser values, as few owners would consider committing the sacrilege of hacking up a perfectly good classic car from the 60s or 70s in order to install electric motors. It almost goes without saying that the owners of truly valuable muscle cars like classic Chevelles, Camaros, Mustangs and Challengers would never ever consider replacing their treasured stock drivetrains with low-performance modern electric running gear. However, it now appears one shop in Oregon is proposing just that.

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The Grand Old Man of Detroit

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As most classic car enthusiasts enjoy studying the history of the automobile and the people who built them, the name Henry Leland should be a lot more recognizable today than it probably is. This becomes apparent when one considers that Henry Leland founded both of the two biggest American luxury car brands that exist today. Although many students of early General Motors (GM) history might remember that Leland was the man responsible for creating the first Cadillac, fewer will likely remember that he was also responsible for the first Lincoln automobiles too.

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Do You Need a Classic Car App?

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Reports of a new smart phone application designed to help classic auto enthusiasts determine the “correct” price to pay for a vintage vehicle have been popping up around various news sites on the Internet lately. The new app is called “The Fuelist” and its parent company is identified as The Chancellor Group, described as a conglomerate that owns various oil, gas, technology and media properties.

The Fuelist app is aimed at individual auto enthusiasts as well as collectors and investors who have all discovered that investments in vintage cars have been appreciating faster than many other types of luxury asset investments today. The reasoning behind the app is that people can never have too much information when it comes to investing in classic cars. Proponents of the app say it employs extensive data collection to help determine what price should be paid for a specific classic vehicle by comparing the data from past sales and loading those results into a mobile-accessible database that includes location, price, vehicle specifications, and a few other available details.

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Ten Years after the End of an Era

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Ten years (and a few weeks) ago, the last Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line at General Motors Corp.’s Lansing Car Assembly plant. Oldsmobile was named after founder Ransom E. Olds, the man who started the Olds Motor Vehicle Co. back in 1897, making Oldsmobile the oldest automotive brand name in the U.S., and second oldest in the world only to the Daimler nameplate in Europe.

The Olds Company became part of General Motors (GM) in 1908 when it joined the collection of pioneering carmakers that included Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet. Oldsmobile was a leader in the early auto making business. It was the brand that first used chrome-plated trim and eventually built some of the most recognizable cars in the U.S. auto industry. Oldsmobiles were very popular through the 60s and 70s, and by the 80s, the brand was selling more than 1 million vehicles per year. It was near the end of that decade however, that Oldsmobile sales began to slump. Company executives observed that the cars had somehow become “old and ordinary” to much of the buying public and analysts worried that the brand’s image problems might be insurmountable.

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Buick is the Biggest and Best Selling Brand (in China)

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As the oldest active American brand, Buick has been around since the turn of the twentieth century, but the true heyday for Buick cars on American roads has passed. Classic car collectors know that the best-selling Buicks’ were the big, broad-shouldered cars’ of the 60’s and 70’s. Times and tastes change, and over the last four decades Buick has had its share of ups and downs, but the brand still survives and sales in the U.S. have been trending up a bit.

However, the car market is quite different on the other side of the world these days, and the brand is enjoying a new life in China (currently the world’s largest auto market) where Buick’s are now seen as highly desirable luxury cars in a country where having a large, foreign car is a big status symbol. In fact, Buicks’ may now be that country’s hottest brand by a good margin.

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