The American Story – Made in the USA
Our first product, the Mustang Humphugger Console, began its life late one night in 1997 when Jeff Will (Classic Consoles Founder) upholstered his design for a console with drink holders for his 1965 Mustang Fastback. He wanted a console that was attractive and useful. How many times had he worried about his coffee spilling on his new carpet when he went cruising in his fastback. He could also see that his Classic Mustang was in need of additional storage for items such as cell phones, ipods, CD’s, maps, and sun glasses. Eyeing the blank space between the bucket seats, it became obvious that this was a perfect place for a “Classic Console.” …After all, “Why can’t an older car have an armrest, drink holders and storage console like modern cars?
Having a history in upholstery – both as a parachute rigger in the military and from owning his own furniture upholstery business, he decided to use his skills to make a console out of automotive vinyl that would actually match his car’s interior. Then he decided to attach Velcro to the bottom so it would secure itself to the car’s carpet. The Velcro would hold the console in place while cruising and also allow to him take the console out when his car competed in car shows. This way he wouldn’t permanently change the interior and thus his car wouldn’t lose points on originality.
Once he showed his creation to the local Mustang Club, he realized he had a hit on his hands. The club members had a similar need, and loved the way his console blended in with the Mustangs interior. The console looked like it could have been a factory option. (See above picture) He left the meeting with 12 sales. Soon Mustang owners and aftermarket distributors wanted the product for their cars and customers. So Classic Consoles was born.
Classic Consoles design team continues to create and produce a series of products that provide practical functionality (drink holders and armrests) along with excellent looks for antique and classic car/truck interiors. Our products are fully upholstered in automotive grade vinyl that closely matches or compliments the original colors.
In addition, our staff fully understand our customers do not want to permanently alter their classic car interior. With this thought in mind, our design team focuses on creating designs that can be installed and uninstalled in seconds with no permanent alteration needed. This step has proven to be significant in customer interest in our Bench Seat, Humphugger™ , Saddle™, Cruiser™, Low Rider™, Vagabond™ and Wingrider™ consoles as well as the Plug & Chug™ drink holders. All these products can be used and enjoyed while cruising to car shows all over the country. . .then removed in seconds for the original look! Then reinstalled in seconds for the cruise home.
From the beginning our mission at Classic Consoles was to create a high quality product line centered around the antique and classic cars of the 1920, 30s,40s, 50s, 60s and ’70 and beyond. Over the years, our customers have continued to positively comment to us on the attractive hand-stitched quality and functionality of our products. With the encouragement of other types of classic car owners, we have created over 82 different console and drink holder designs. Since 1997, Classic Consoles has built a reputation of professional service and quality in the automotive aftermarket industry . We are always looking for new opportunities to make a console and/or drink holder for any interested antique/classic car and truck enthusiast.
If you own a classic, we look forward to providing you with the comfort of a padded armrest, the flexibility of additional storage and/or a place to eliminate the frustration of a spilled drink. If you’re interested in our products, you can find a distributor near you by visiting the distributor list on our website or call (229) 377-6240 for more information.