Classic Parts Locator

A New Way To Search For Classic Parts And Cars

The classic vehicle restoration marketplace is the biggest it has ever been. According to, auction sales of collector cars passed $1 billion in 2013. Owners are also spending big money to restore and / or upkeep their vehicles. stated owners spend nearly $1.9 billion a year on classic vehicle restorations.

There are a lot of classic replacement part options online - those parts that are reproductions, but not the real thing. But, finding OEM parts - the ones that actually come off the original vehicle - hasn’t always been as easy, until now.

The Locator has just launched its Classic Search and it is unlike anything else online. For starters, the parts are all original, i.e. from the original classic vehicle. Many restorers know OEM classic parts aren’t always inventoried and stored. These parts are still on the car, waiting to be found in a classic specialist’s yard - like a treasure hunt. With’s Classic Search, you don’t have to visit in person. Instead, the cars are all listed on, along with a photo of the exact car. We’ve taken the treasures and put them in one place, online, for hunters to find.

Vehicles can be searched by year, make, company, state or keyword. There are currently more than 700 parts on the search from nine auto recycling facilities that are longtime customers of The Locator. These facilities are:

  • All American Classics, Inc. in Vancouver, Wash., in business since 1989.
  • Browne & Sons Auto & Truck Salvage in Sunset, Texas, in business since 1997.
  • CTC’s Auto Ranch, Inc. in Denton, Texas, in business since 1985.
  • Dan’s Garage in Kennewick, Wash., in business since 1981.
  • Denny’s Corvettes, Inc. in Panama City, Fla., in business since 1989.
  • Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix, Ariz., in business since 1993.
  • FN Jeep in Colorado Springs, Colo., in business since 1997.
  • Gerdes Auto Wreckers in Cloverdale, Calif., in business since 1975.
  • Hidden Valley Auto Parts in Maricopa, Ariz., in business since 1961.

Companies that list classic vehicles on select the inventory they want to put on the search. They send it to The Locator in an easy Excel template that is set up with columns for year, make, model, part / description and photo name. Prices to post listings online are tiered based on the amount of listings, similar to listings featured in The Locator Magazine.

The Classic Search homepage highlights featured classics, short bios on each of the featured companies and links to classic articles published in The Locator Magazine and Locator UpFront. A cross section of the online listings is also published in the monthly Locator Magazine, taking the place of the former Classics Section.

According to, classic cars are gaining attention due to nearly 500 percent returns over the past decade. Classic vehicles are being treated as investments, rather than just hobbies. Collector car restorations aren’t going away any time soon. is visited by an average of 17,000 new users each month, 6,000 returning users and nearly 49,000 page views. Contact Cindy or Tina at or call 800-831-0820 to get your parts seen by members of this billion dollar industry.

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