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Company History

A History of Success…

2021-Released an all new cluster for 1960-63 C/10 trucks, completing the lineup for squarebody trucks from 1964-87

2021-Owner John McLeod is inducted into the Daryl Starbird Rod and Custom Hall of Fame

2021-Released the all new cluster for 1933-34 Ford Cars

2021-Classic Instruments’ 33-34 Ford car package wins a new product award at Louisville show

2021-Classic Instruments Appoints Scott Avery to be the head of the Performance Division

2021-Released two all new styles for the 54-55 Truck Package

2020-Classic Instruments is awarded a Safety Award for zero lost time injuries and restricted time again

2020-Released two all new styles for the 1947-53 Truck Package

2020-Released our 1967-72 Truck package, in select styles, now including the new OLED speedometer

2020-Released our 1967-68 Mustang package, in select styles, now including the new OLED speedometer

2020-Released an all new cluster for 1966-67 Novas

2020-Classic Instruments signs on to attend several shows with the Arrington Performance Team

2020-Classic Instruments ads the 79-86 Fox Body Mustang to the Classic Dash kit offering

2020-Releases a Corvette retro-fit cluster

2020-Released a 51-56 Ford-O-Matic transmission pulse generator adapter

2019-Partnered with Classic Dash to offer Mopar dash insert kits

2019-Released a brand-new size clock, 2 5/8”, across all series

2019-Shop Tour featured in Rodding USA Magazine

2019-Released a brand-new cluster for 1966-67 Chevelles

2019-Classic Instruments signs on for sponsorship with NMCA

2019-Released a brand-new performance speedometer equipped with a digital information screen

2019-Added metric options to the 1973-87 Squarebody cluster

2019-Classic Instruments’ 1966-67 Chevelle cluster wins New Product Award at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH

2019-Owner John McLeod wins an HRIA Industry Recognition Award at SEMA

2019-Classic Instruments is awarded a Safety Award for zero lost time injuries and restricted time

2018-All new cluster for 1964-66 Chevy Trucks is released

2018-Classic Instruments’ 1964-66 Chevy Truck cluster wins a New Product Award at Louisville

2018-Classic Instruments partners with Bowler Transmission to release the All-in-One Harness

2018-First year to be the official sponsor for the GLSSA

2018-Classic Instruments private label series of Holman Moody gauges is expanded to include full-sweep gauges

2017-Square Body Cluster is recognized at the 2017 SEMA show with a runner up award for best new product in its category and a Global Media Award from Argentina

2017-AutoCross full-sweep sets are recognized with a Global Media Award from New Zealand at the 2017 SEMA show 

2017-Bell Era III brings home a New Product award for non-original interior from ARMO at the 2017 SEMA show

2017-Classic Instruments launches the 1973-87 Square Body Direct-fit Cluster

2017-Joined RideTech’s 48 Hour C-10 Build

2017-Partnered with Contingency Connection for the first time to promote Performance Gauges

2017- Partnered with NHRA to become a Contingency Sponsor

2017- The Bel Era III Package is recognized in ARMO’s Hot Product Showcase

2017-Relesed Brake Pressure, Cylinder Head Temp, and Exhaust Gas Temp gauges to complete Classic Instruments’ offering of full-sweep performance gauges

2017-Classic Instruments celebrates 40 years in business

2016-Classic Instruments exhibits for the first time at PRI 2016 in Indianapolis and SEMA Australia

2016-Bel Era III Packages is officially released

2016-Sneek peak of Bel Era III Package at the Tri Five Nationals brings home an award for Best New Product

2016-Released Air/Fuel Ratio, Outside Air Temp, and Stock Eliminator Temp gauges

2016-Relesed the Classic Series

2016- New full-sweep gauges win Goodguys’ Best Electrical Components and Accessories award

2016- 2 5/8” gauges are now available

2016- The Bronc Package and ’40 Ford win awards in ARMO’s Hot Product Showcase

2015- Fuel Link wins a Goodguys’ Best Electrical Components and Accessories award in Columbus

2015- Classic Instruments releases the first of an extensive lineup of performance gauges, two-in tachs

2015-Released Fuel-Link and the Six Pack, plus three direct-fit applications for the Six Pack including 66-77 Broncos, 49-50 Chevy cars, and 49-50 Ford cars

2015- Roger Mills wins Freshen Your 40 sweepstakes

2015- January 1st, John McLeod becomes Chair of HRA

2014- 1940 Ford Direct Fit Cluster & SN74Z Signal Interface launched at SEMA

2013- Esquire series win New Product of the Year at NSRA’s Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY

2013- Esquire series win People’s Choice Product Award at GoodGuys Columbus

2013-Classic Instruments breaks ground on an 8,000 sq. ft. addition

2013- Esquire series win New Product of the Year at Hot Rod and Restoration

2012-Classic Instruments receives Business of the Year from SEMA/HRIA

2012- Nostalgia VT wins 2 Global Media Awards and Esquire Series wins 1 Global Media Award at SEMA

2012- Classic Instruments wins Manufacturer of the Year at NSRA Street Rod Nationals

2012- Released Esquire series the first square gauge set in the hot rod industry

2012- Released Authentic ’57 Chevy gauge

2012- Released Nostalgia VT series and it won new product at GoodGuys, Columbus

2012- Released direct fit packages for 47-53 Chevy Truck, 59-60 Chevy Car, 53-55 Ford F-100, and 56 Ford F-100

2012- Sky-Drive/ Sky-Fence wins new product at Hot Rod & Restoration

2012- Teamed with and began building gauges for Holman Moody

2012- Released the Tom Gale designed Nostalgia VT series

2012- Released CI first line of watches

2011- V8 Speedster and Sky Drive win a Global Media Award at SEMA

2011- Released direct fit package for 63-65 Nova and 70-72 Chevelle SS

2011- The first CI line of So-Cal instrumentation was designed and built

2011- Purchased a new building in Boyne City, Michigan with state of the art design

2011- Released the 1st GPS sending unit manufactured Sky-Drive and won new product of the year at Street Rod Nationals and SEMA

2011- In June Classic Instruments’ A/SA Dodge Drag Pak 1st NHRA National even at Norwalk, Ohio qualifies 6th - .882 under index

2011- Designer Tom Gale designed the V8 Speedster and Red Steelie series

2011- Classic Instruments debuts the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak #30 at their first race in Indianapolis in April, which won Detroit’s AutoRama Best in Class Competition Stock

2010- Classic Instruments received 2 Global Media awards at SEMA

2010- Started the NSRA Classic Instrument Pros Pick at all the NSRA events

2010- Awarded as one of the up and coming 50 businesses to watch in the State of Michigan by the governor of the state

2009- John McLeod wins Super Pro race at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in his 1948 Fiat Altered

2009- Released the BelEra II package featuring a dual layer design and LED illumination

2009- 4th year of recognition as Inc. 500 top 5000 growth companies in the United States

2008- Awarded the Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award for outstanding leader ship in the Boyne Area Business Community

2008- Hired Bill Mullins as outside sales representative and expansion of the west coast shows is expanded

2008-3rd year of recognition as Inc. 500 top 5000 growth companies in the United States

2008- The 55-59 Chevy truck package, Tach-Force, wins best new product at Hot Rod and Restoration

2007- Began Trophy Dash award and sponsoring the Goodguys Street Rod of the Year

2007- Released the Ultimate Speedometer which is a 3 3/8’ speedometer featuring MPH and RPM with push button calibration, 1st 3 3/8” speedo/tach combination

2007- Had the honor to be part of the Ridler Winner “First Love” – built by Rad Rides by Troy

2007- Again awarded recognition as Inc. 500 top 5,000 Growth Companies in the United States

2006- Redesigned packages and kit pack, CI is known to be the innovators of package gauge kit packs

2006- Awarded Inc 500 top 5,000 growing companies in the United States

2005- Won Best New Product at Street Rod Nationals with the All American Package

2004- Released 67-68 Camaro and Mustang gauge packages

2004- Extended the warranty from 3 to 5 years

2004- Designer Tom Gale designed the All American Nickel and Tradition series

2003- Added state of the art graphics equipment

2003- Expanded custom and retrofit gauge division of the company

2003- Designer Tom Gale designed the original All American series

2002- Debuts direct fit applications starting with the 55-56 Chevy packages

2001- Moved to large facility in Boyne City, Michigan and offered 800# for tech support

2001- Released Silver Series- similar to Boyd’s’ Series without the logo or name

2001- Released 1200 RPM diesel tachometer with hour-meter for marine use

2000- Innovated special mounting bracket system for 1947-1953 GM Pick-Up

1999- Released five-inch speedometer, tachometer, and Quad-Clusters

1998- Released Quartz Clocks with Remote Reset feature

1997- Awarded the Golden Grill Award for Best Engineered New Product for the Deluxe fuel sender

1996- Released Designer Options to allow customers to choose style of dial-face, pointer, bezel finish, and lens

1995- Released real 24-carat Gold-Plated instrument bezels

1995- Released Stainless Fuel Tank Sensor; wins SRMA’s First Golden Grill Award

1994- Released first Quad-Cluster and Dual-Cluster instruments

1993- Released Boyd’s Series design

1993- Released 750 special sets of Moon Special Limited Edition

1992- Moved to new 4,000 square foot facility in High Desert of Central Oregon, U.S.A

1992- Released Transmission Sensor for Gear Selector gauge

1991- Released Pete and Jakes Series

1991- Released our exclusive Fuel Injection Pressure gauge for TPI systems

1990- Released our recreation of famous 1950’s style Tach Cup

1989- Contracts with Moon Equipment Co. to reproduce the famous 1950’s Moon-Eye Gauges

1988- Electronic Speedometer awarded “Product of the Month” by Hot Rod Magazine

1988- New electronic programmable speedometer selected as “One of Top12 Street Rod Products of the Year!” by Street Rodder Magazine

1988- Released Hot Rod Series- first design with Curved Glass Lenses since early 1960’s

1987- Unveiled the industry’s first electronic programmable speedometer

1986- Released dash panel inserts of CNC milled aluminum

1985- Released Gear Selector Gauge

1984- Released fuel gauges for GM and Ford stock Fuel Tank Senders

1982- Traditional Series is released. Quartz Clocks released same year

1981- Discontinues mechanical speedometers

1980- Unveils first electric adjustable speedometer with odometer

1980- Vintage Series in Brass or Chrome released

1979- Classic exhibits at NSRA-NATS-St. Paul MN

1979- First Advertisement appears in Street Scene Magazine

1978- Release of original Classic Series; first catalog is printed

1977- Classic Instruments Inc. is incorporated in Oregon