Central Valley Classics was established in 1992, originally as a classic car dealer.
Over time we started consigning classic cars, the practice of consigning cars started to become the bulk
of our business. Now we are strictly a consignment business and our business has become one of Internet
classifieds to help individuals sell their cars. We specialize in the marketing of classic cars for
our clients through a number of methods. We have sold over 500 cars thru our website just since
2004 and we have sold classic cars to enthusiasts all over this country and in over 20 other countries.
As our business grows, we continue to increase what we have to offer our clients.
A used classic car parts department was added a few years ago, currently we offer Mopar A-body parts
as a specialty. As time permits, more makes and models will be added. Since we don't actually have a
salvage yard, we purchase the donor cars, part them out and the parts are inventoried and warehoused.
One of the customer favorites, our California car show calendar is still an important
part of our site as are the cruise night listings. These are a couple of features we've put
together on our site so that your able to find an event near you to enjoy your ride or a group of like minded
enthusiasts to share your passion. We get a large number of enthusiasts from other countries that use
these listings to plan car show trips to California as vacations and some have stopped by just to visit
with us when there here.
Our website will constantly be evolving and you will be seeing updates and changes as they occur.
Please take a little time to look around, we hope you enjoy!
Meet the Owner
My name is John Beneditz, the owner of Central Valley Classics. I'm
one of those "car guys" and you probably won't be surprised to know that
my interest in classic cars began at an early age. When I was about 7 years old, I had
an uncle that lived with us after he got back from Viet Nam and worked on cars
in our garage. I was always hanging around so I ended up running tools for him
and asking questions along the way. I grew up on and around farms in Wisconsin
so I learned to drive when I was old enough to reach the pedals, we had a 61
Ford pickup and I drove quite a few tractors. By the time I was 14 years old I'd purchased my first
car, a 1970 Nova SS 350 four-speed. Another uncle had Mopars and I got my
drivers license with his borrowed 66 Dart GT and got hooked on Mopars. Most of my life I've found cars to be my
entertainment and the source of my social network... I think that's what makes a
I have evolved from a budding enthusiast into an experienced restorer and
eventually a classic car business owner. My early years were spent learning about cars,
after college I became a
mechanic where I ended up doing service writing and managing a shop. I worked for
about a year in a body shop, I learned a lot about rust repair (living in
WI) and learned to paint. After moving to California I started selling cars at dealerships,
there I also spent time as a manager and learned about Internet marketing of cars. After that
I spent some time as a crash parts sales representative to body shops where I was recruited
into writing estimates and managing a body shop for a couple years prior to getting into this
business. I purchased this business in 2004, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have my
passion as my profession.
I have owned many classics, muscle cars and rods and have restored several
trophy-winning cars over the years. Mostly I like to have nice drivers, these are the cars
you can enjoy. I always have an ongoing project, seems like I'm never satisfied with one until
I tear it apart and put it back together again.
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