All American Classics, Inc. opened its doors for
business July 5th, 1989. In 1985, ten acres were carved out of what
used to be the family dairy farm since 1947 and converted to what would
ultimately be the storage area for classic autos and trucks from the
1930s through the 1980s. The picture above shows the farm with its
prior owners as it looked around 1930. The barn where cows were once
milked, was extended and converted to our showroom and storage facility
for new, used, and reproduction parts. We had approximately 250 cars
and trucks when we opened the doors for business, and by the end of
the year we had over 500. We were told that the sources for older
vehicles would dry up, and that we would never fill 10 acres with
the years of vehicles we wanted to specialize in. Just a few years
later, our 10 acres were filled and it was time to expand. In 1996,
we doubled the size of the wrecking yard to 20 acres and it was
once again filled within several years.
We knew that to succeed in this business, we
not only had to stick to the things that we knew - classic
vehicles - but we also had to be technologically up to date as
well. In 1989, we were one of the very few wrecking yards in the
Northwest that had the Hollander Yard Management System installed
for complete computerized control of our vehicle parts inventory.
Today, the Hollander System is the standard by which most wrecking
yards run. The same Hollander System allows us to be connected
with thousands of other auto recyclers through their EDEN part
locating service, and to the millions of Internet users around
Many parts are no longer available from the
dealership and are often very hard to find used. Along with our
extensive inventory of used parts, we also have a large supply
of New Old Stock (NOS) parts that were purchased from dealerships
in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of these parts go back to the 1920s
In 2018, with city expansion and the rising
property values and taxes, we decided it was time to downsize.
With 7 acres, we are still able to have an inventory of 800
vehicles, focusing on the most popular classic American
cars and a few late model vehicles.
All American Classics was started because
of our passion for older American vehicles. We have come a long
way from the days when milk was delivered to local homes from
the family dairy. Today, we ship our parts to American car
owners around the world, and we hope to continue to do so for
many years to come.