Accessories are a great way to enhance the look of your classic car. A custom horn or stereo will make your car stand out at the next car show or cruise night you attend. We have compiled a list of some unique accessories for vehicle. These accessories will enhance the look and appeal of your car. Before installing any of these accessories be sure to read some car restoration manuals to see if your car has a 12-volt electrical system.
Some older cars do not have this type of electrical system. If that is the case, electrical system modifications will need to be made before installing some of these classic car accessories.
Car Gauges/Instruments – Custom speedometers and tachometers are a great way to enhance the interior of your classic car. A lot of gauges come with features such as LED lighting and nostalgic instrument layouts. Look for custom gauges that compliment the overall look of your vehicle. SpeedHut and Black Cat Custom offer a variety of custom car gauges.
Custom Horns – A custom horn is a unique accessory for a car. Custom horns are great for car shows and afternoon cruising. Car Cover Kingdom sells a wide variety of car horns. eBay Motors is another good site. Popular horn sounds include Dixie/Dukes of Hazzard, La Cucaracha and the God Father theme. Be sure your classic car has a 12-volt electrical system before installing any custom horns.
Stereos/iPods– Who says your car has to be limited to an AM radio or an 8-track cassette player. Adding a custom stereo to your vehicle will allow you to listen to an iPod. Vintage Car Radio is a company that specializes in custom stereos for classic cars. Companies such as Belkin and Griffen offer power and cassette adaptors that allow you to connect an iPod to your car’s stereo.
Car DVD Player – If an iPod is not enough for your classic car, you may want to check out a DVD player. Most of the major car stereo manufacturers now sell stereos that allow you to watch DVD movies. If you plan on installing a DVD player in your vehicle, be sure it has a 12-volt electrical system. Just Car DVD Players has a large selection.
Navigation System – Adding a navigation system to your car is a great accessory, especially if you easily get lost. For classic cars, you have two options. You can install an in-dash system, which is similar to a car DVD Player. Or you can purchase a hand-held unit. Hand-held units are great if your car doesn’t have a 12-volt electrical system. Garmin and TomTom offer a variety of GPS navigation options with rechargeable batteries.
Car Alarms – Installing an alarm in your vehicle provides some extra protection when you’re not around. Adding an alarm is important because it’s easier to pick locks on older vehicles. This is especially true if you have not changed the original key and lock system on your vehicle. If you decide to buy an aftermarket car alarm, be sure your classic car has a 12-volt electrical system.
Floor Mats – Custom floor mats may not seem unique, but a nice set of custom mats will really enhance the interior of your vehicle. Many auto carpet specialists will embroider Ford, Chevy and other logos onto the mats for a custom look. Auto Carpet Originals as well as eBay Motors sell a variety of custom floor mats. Of course, there’s the added benefit that floor mats protect the interior of your car from dirt and mud.