This year Edelbrock,LLC is commemorating their 75th year in business.Â QuiteÂ a deal for any company and especially great for one that focuses so much of their effort in staying “Made in America.”
Edelbrock, under Vic Sr.’s control, first started by making intake manifolds. The Slingshot was a 180Â° manifold for a Ford flathead using two Stromberg 97 carburetors. This was the first product to feature the famous â€œEDELBROCKâ€ name.
After World War II, Vic Sr. could focus again on improving the cars and designed his first aluminum racing heads for flathead Fords. Like the Slingshot, these heads were well received. The business was on the way to becoming more of a performance parts shop.Â Their first paper catalog was printed in 1946 with the name “Edelbrock Power and Speed Equipment” across the front cover. This catalog included not only Edelbrock heads and intakes but pistons, steering wheels and crankshafts too.
Edelbrock’s gear was in high demand as racers took to the salt flats surrounding the Los Angeles area.Â Vic Edelbrock Sr. left us way too early in 1962, but the company prospered under the guidance of Vic Jr. and others.
In the 1960s and 1970s. Edelbrock brought about the Tunnel Ram, Tarantula and Streetmaster manifolds. These were killer parts and in demand across the country.
For the ’80s and ’90s, Edelbrock Corporation expanded into carburetors, camshaft kits, valve train parts, exhaust systems, engine accessories, fuel system parts, and cylinder heads.
Edelbrock has seven California locations totaling over 500,000 square feet: four in Torrance, CaliforniaÂ and three close by in San Jacinto, where the aluminum foundries are located.Â In 2008 they builtÂ a new Permanent Mold and Heat Treat facility next to their existing sand cast foundry, which has been called “the most state-of-the-art sand cast foundry west of the Mississippi.”.
They are always a strong presence at the SEMA show in Vegas and can’t wait to see their exhibit this year!
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