Minalex Extrusions Help Classic Cars Look New Again

The United States is the world’s largest market for classic cars with revenue of between 14 and 15 billion U.S. dollars generated in 2020. Many models from the 1950s and 1960s have earned cultural icons status. Recent industry estimates project that the classic car market in the United States will grow to some 18.77 billion dollars by 2024.

The car restoration marketplace is comprised primarily of the average “motorhead,” a car owner of modest means looking to restore their classic Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro and professional restoration companies throughout the United States, who have the capabilities to completely renovate an entire vehicle from transmission to trim, making it better than the day it rolled off the factory assembly line.

From Gen Z to Baby Boomers, their passion for automotive perfection and accuracy is fueled by well-known collector car industry auctions like Mecum and Barret-Jackson. These events are seen regularly on television by millions. More than 500,000 people attend these multi-day events, looking to witness auction action at its best, capture the car of their dreams, or simply get inspiration for the restoration of their own “ride.” The cars that cross the auction block are the pinnacle of perfection.

Achieving absolute automotive authenticity requires components that are identical to original specifications, and since manufacturers ended production of these parts decades ago it created a problem. Enterprising industry retailers like National Parts Depot and Classic Industries seized upon the opportunity to establish their own aftermarket reproduction parts companies. The Bronco Graveyard, a Minalex customer, and supplier of aftermarket parts to legions of classic Ford Bronco owners, orders interior trim parts on a regular basis.

The manufacturing capabilities of Minalex are ideally suited to meet their demands for a wide range of parts and accessories as well as components in multi-part assemblies. Window and door trim, exterior grilles components, interior parts, and countless more, can all be reverse engineered to produce a part with an appearance that says “back in the day” but with even better quality and performance with tolerances as tight as +/- .001” on one or more dimensions.

Minalex extrusions are unsurpassed when absolute authenticity is required. No minimum order is too small for us. So, if your need is a custom, one-off extruded part for a rare 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe or a six-figure order for the thousands of owners looking to restore their Mustangs of the 1960s, give us a call. We have been down that road before.

Learn how Minalex can support your business by providing standard and custom miniature aluminum extrusions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

 


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Specifications

We extrude and supply aluminum profiles up to 3.500 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter. Our aluminum extrusions can have tolerances as tight as +/- 0.001" on one or more dimensions of an extrusion, depending on the shape.

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Alloys

Minalex alloys are sourced in North America and feature a number of series, including alloy 1100, 3003, 6063, 6463 and 6061.

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Capabilities

Our capabilities include Lbs/Ft <= 1.500, kg/m <= 2.2322; Sections >= 0.003 in, >= 0.076 mm; and circle size, <= 3.500 in. <= 8.890 cm.

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