There’s a pretty good chance that if you have done customization or modernization to your collector car, you’ve installed air conditioning from Vintage Air. But it’s not only older vehicles that use Vintage Air systems.
Such modern supercars as the latest Ford GT, the cars produced by Swedish ultra-speed specialist Koenigsegg, and others have picked Jack Chisenhall’s company as their original-equipment supplier.
Since its founding in 1976, Vintage Air, based in San Antonio, Texas, has become the dominant player in supplying aftermarket air-conditioning systems to automotive hobbyists. So dominant that when someone advertises a car on ClassicCars.com they may report that it has Vintage Air, or they may simply say it has vintage air, the company’s name becoming synonymous with an entire category of products, much like Kleenex or Xerox.
And that comes as something of a surprise to the 71-year-old