About Classic Automotive
Classic Automotive History
40 Years of Service Excellence
In October 1981 Larry Lape officially opened for business as “Larry’s Garage” next to his home on Spring Street Extension in Mars. Larry started small in his two-car garage beside his home until he acquired enough business to build his first auto body shop on the property. Throughout his initial years in business, he found that there was a need for a towing service in the area. After purchasing his first tow truck in 1982, Larry started working with the Mars and Adams Police Departments on emergency calls.
The first garage at Larry’s home worked well for a few years, encompassing approximately 2400 square feet and employing four technicians. In 1991, space was at a premium, and a new shop was underway next to the outgrown building. The construction of the new building allowed for more work and employees, and Larry needed full time office help, so family member Aimee Thompson stepped in to help. Aimee quickly picked up on the industry, received her Pennsylvania Appraiser’s license, and started growing the business with Larry. As time passed, growth on the Route 228 corridor was starting, and Larry and Aimee knew that if they wanted to stay competitive they needed to be easily accessible. They found property on Route 228 in Mars, became business partners, and Classic Automotive, Inc. was born.
Classic Automotive’s employees over the years have truly contributed to the company’s success. The Classic Crew has expanded to 19 employees and evolved the company into a 16,000 square foot facility. With an average of 10+ years of service overall, every member of the Classic Crew sincerely cares about their service and quality of work, and realize that you are putting your family’s safety in their hands.
Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through our commitment to customer service and our utmost attention to the safety of their vehicle. We pledge to continually support our community and employees as they are the reason for our success.