Vintage Air Filter Housings Remind Us of Simpler Times
What’s the first thing you notice under the hood of a car? If it’s a big sheet of plastic with simulated intake runners, you’re looking at a modern car—and why are you doing that, exactly? The correct answer, at least for the classics still equipped with them, is the air-cleaner housing.
From a time when engines were carbureted, these housings served not only an important functional purpose, but one of underhood aesthetics as well. Usually round, usually painted in a bright, eye-catching color and frequently featuring interesting graphics and logos, they looked great topping old motors, and they look great today hanging on a garage wall.
Here’s a small selection we found browsing eBay, but an equally good (and definitely more fun) source would be your local junkyard.