VP Autoparts today...
VP Autoparts (formerly Veteranprodukter) supplies quality maintenance and restoration parts for classic cars, mainly for 1947-1993 Volvos (models 444 through 240) and 1964-1973 Ford Mustangs.
We are a total staff of 30 today, running two warehouses in Sweden and one in USA.
2016 we are celebrating our 30th anniversary. (We are getting old but we are not getting lazy)
We are happy to announce we keep growing and are now expanding our support team for American Classic´s with another crew member.
We're no longer strictly a mail order organization, but offer a little bit of technical/mechanical support, have our own production of interiors as well as other components. We attend all major swap meets and gatherings that are within geographic reach.
Our inventory contains more than 100,000 different items today, and we have a total of more than 40,000 customers residing in 67 countries.
... and yesterday
VP Autoparts is founded, as a proprietorship called LJ Veteranproduktion. The first products to be made and sold were 444 rubber seals. Lennart Johansson ran the operation part time, initially out of his own home, and later on with a 40 foot cargo container as head quarters.
The company is restructured and becomes Veteranprodukter AB, a cooperation with one full-time employee, Karl-Erik Johansson. The business moves in to the family's agricultural facility, which has been rebuilt to serve as warehouse.
Lennart Johansson quits his job to dedicate full time in the company's business development.
More staff is hired. Door panel and headliner production is starting. The productions department will later grow to include both upholstery and carpets.
A 1350 m2 (roughly 15,000 sq.ft) industrial property in Fristad is purchased, and the operation is moved to its current location. This new facility offers required space for the even increasing inventory, as well as the production shop.
A branch is opened in Charleston, SC, USA. The standalone company is called VP Autoparts, and is operated by staff transferred from Sweden.
All sales to the US, Canada and South America is handled from here. The stock area is about 400m2 and there are appr. 5000 articles available.
The company's name Veteranprodukter AB changes to current VP Autoparts AB.
A paint line is added to our inventory, and paint is offered in spray cans as well as liter tins.
Spare parts for 1965-1973 Ford Mustangs are introduced, and with it comes a selection of parts for other american cars as well.
An additional facility is aqcuired, in Tämta 10 kilometers from Fristad, to serve as distribution center and main warehouse for Ford Mustang items.
A national network, TV8, broadcasts a series on a Volvo P1800. VP Autoparts is sponsoring a complete interior, among other things, and get to feature in an episode.
The company's ownership changes and Christer Johansson and Cecilia Liljegren are taking over after Lennart Johansson and Marie-Louise Andersson. Christer and Cecilia has been working for the company for many years and were responsible for the start-up of the branch in Charleston, SC.
VP Autoparts is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has grown to 30 employees in three branches. The production department has expanded with both new staffing and new equipment to accomodate the high demand for our interiors. During 2016 we invested in a new machine for making Volvo door panels and a cutting machine for further streamlining the production process.