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Our History

With a history that stretches back more than 50 years, Eckler's was one of the pioneers in classic cars restoration.

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Our Team

Meet the talented team members behind Eckler's. It's your opportunity to get to know our company – and the people who work here.

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Our Vision

To become the first choice and trusted source for automotive and restoration enthusiasts.

 

We Invented Restoration

With a history that stretches back more than 50 years, Eckler's was one of the pioneers in classic cars restoration. In those 50 years, we've never lost our passion for cars and our appreciation for our fellow enthusiasts who restore them. Because we have been around longer than anyone else, we have more experts in our company than anyone else, from the specialist Tech Reps available to answer your difficult questions on specific parts, to our marketing and purchasing team, who knows how to check out a part to make sure that it not only fits, but is as good or better than the original.

The Best Parts at the Best Price...

More than just a slogan, we are committed to providing only the highest quality products at competitive prices. We select your parts exclusively from the world's leading auto parts manufacturers to provide you technically correct parts of the very best quality. Whether you need a single repair part or are undertaking a major restoration project, all our parts, including original GM and Ford parts, are individually selected for quality and value.

The Largest Selection of Parts Available Anywhere

With over 300,000 products offered, Eckler's has the broadest range of restoration and performance products and accessories available anywhere. We strive to ensure that we offer any part you need for your restoration project. Our sales representatives and tech staff will help you locate hard-to-find parts with limited availability. For every model we support, we offer the most complete selection of technically correct parts, latest reproductions available, including OEM and Officially Licensed Restoration Parts from GM and Ford as well as parts built to our specifications is plants in the US and around the world. Because brand names matter, we have parts from all of the leading brand name manufacturers and we tell you on the web and in our catalogs which brands we sell.

The Best Web Site and Catalogs...

Our catalogs and websites are focused on individual makes and models to make it easy for you to find exactly what you need. Unlike some companies claiming to have classic car parts, you can be assured that each and every part listed on our web sites and catalogs truly fits your car. For the best shopping experience on the web, enter your year and model on the web and only see parts that fit your specific vehicle.

The Best Service and the Best Support

Having the biggest parts selection doesn't help if you can't decide which part you need for your specific project. Eckler's team of experienced Tech Reps is available to answer any questions you have – both before and after you buy. Once you order, it is important to get your parts as fast as we can. Most of the parts we offer are ready to ship when we receive your order, allowing us to ship 90% of orders within 24 hours! We strive for 100% satisfaction on every order. On those rare occasions where everything doesn't work right, our customer service reps are trained to put the customer first and make sure you are happy.

From Humble Beginnings

Ralph EcklerEckler's traces its origins back to 1961 when founder Ralph Eckler fabricated a one-piece hood for a crash-damaged 1960 Chevrolet Corvette in his father's Moline, Illinois, gas station, and subsequently opened a one-man body shop in nearby Rock Island. At that time, he had no way of knowing that his fiberglass molding efforts would be the start of a business empire.

Throughout the 1960s, the company built a notable reputation by offering high-quality, hand-crafted fiberglass body panels for the repair and customization of Corvettes.

Eckler's CatalogThe customization craze of the mid-'70s added more customers and more requests, prompting Eckler's Corvette to produce everything from fender flares and spoilers to full body kits (in Can-Am wide-body and shooting brake configurations). Later, he negotiated a deal with GM allowing Eckler's to reproduce discontinued parts for Corvettes that were necessary for the restoration and preservation of the cars.

In 1972, the company published its first catalog and distributed it to approximately 2,000 Corvette enthusiasts.

A Mississippi River flood in the early '70s destroyed inventory, along with a few customer cars, nearly bringing an end to the operation in Illinois. Looking for a location where he could indulge in his passion for Corvettes as well as his second passion, fishing, the company relocated to its current Titusville, Florida, location in 1973.

Eckler's WarehouseDuring the next two-plus decades through the '70s, '80s and mid-'90s, Eckler's built a strong reputation and sizable loyal customer following that would establish the company as the premier provider of aftermarket restoration and performance parts and accessories for Corvettes.

In 1997, Mr. Eckler retired and sold the company. In the years that followed, Eckler's implemented initiatives that converted the company into a sophisticated, industry-leading direct marketer. The company also began to establish itself as an acquisition platform, acquiring and successfully integrating Classic Chevy International and Late Great Chevy. Both acquisitions focused on Chevy lines and expanded Eckler's customer offering beyond Corvette.

Over the next five years, the company continued to successfully add product lines such as Rick's Camaro (2007), Danchuk's Chevelle (2007), The El Camino Store (2008), and Dearborn Classics (2010, mid- to large-body Fords).

During the past 10 years, Eckler's has been a leader in the ongoing consolidation of the direct-to-consumer automotive aftermarket. Management has successfully acquired and integrated numerous businesses ranging in size and product offerings as the company continues to leverage its scale and experience to absorb new titles.

MAC's Auto PartsIn 2012, Eckler's aquired MAC's Antique Auto Parts. Founded in Lockport, New York, in 1978 by Douglas McIntosh, MAC's is the dominant source of parts for Model T, Model A, and Ford V8 vehicles. With the acquisition of MAC's, Eckler's became the leading source of restoration parts and accessories for Ford and Chevrolet vehicles. Read the history MAC's at www.macsautoparts.com/store/company_bio

Eckler's WarehouseIn 2013, Eckler's celebrated the completion of its 180,000 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse facility at the Grissom Centroplex in Titusville, Florida. The new fulfillment center allows Eckler's to stock a wider range of product and process orders faster and more efficiently than ever before. It is part of Eckler's continued effort to drive improvements in customer service.

From those humble beginnings, Eckler's Corvette has grown to become one of the largest suppliers in the industry, today delivering restoration parts and accessories for a range of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Ford models under various divisions.

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