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  • Why We Love Our Land Rovers

    Land Rovers often require frequent mechanical tweaking and maintenance, yet they continue to maintain a huge fan base and support that continues to make them a beloved British car. For many people, the Land Rover dedication is a bit puzzling. But why is there a steadfast, broad appeal of the vehicles?

    ZZ3FB16433.jpgThe Land Rover was created for utility, serving both military and farmer, and was built to be able to go anywhere and do practically anything. Now, it has evolved in to a high-end luxury vehicle. But while it is considered a classic car icon for some, you can still find Land Rovers performing efficiently in the military, rural landscapes, and on adventure outings. For its ability to go rugged and look nice at the same time, Land Rovers continue to get a vote of confidence and approval from their drivers.

    At British Parts Northwest, we understand the devotion to Land Rovers, and because of that, stock up on parts and accessories for owners that feel the love with them. We have a variety of featured products for Series I-III, Defender, Discovery, and Range Rover.

    Of course, we sell for other British car classics as well, including Austin Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Triumph. And, unlike many British car parts businesses, we stock what we sell. that means if you see it, we have it, and we can ship it out to you asap.

    Check out our offerings and our prices, and how we can help keep your prized baby ready for show or performance.

  • We Make Your Hunt for British Car Parts Easy, Convenient, and Affordable!

    Let’s face it: this is the absolutely the perfect time of the year to be driving around your highly prized--and most likely pampered--British car. From performance, size, luxury and beautiful designs, lovers of British cars are quite loyal and passionate about their ride and take very good care of their vehicle.

    The only downside often lamented by British car owners is finding parts for them. Due to today’s continued tough economy, many car parts stores have downsizes their offerings in terms of stock, and only care the most common parts for the most ordinary cars. That sometimes leaves owners of British cars in a quandary when a part like a water pump, turn switch, fan motor, or similar needs to be replaced. Often, it meant lots of calls and runs to various stores and then a very long wait for the part to be located and shipped.

    British Parts Northwest has changed all that, however, and we’ve made ordering the parts you need simple, secure, and hassle-free. We stock what we sell, and the parts are shipped direct from us to your door. Shipping is free on all orders over $750.

    Not only do we pride ourselves in our customer service, but we promote that we are, “Big enough to serve, but small enough to care about your British car.” We are a family operated business with personal pride and experience concerning British cars, including Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey. Our goal is to provide you with fast, courteous, prompt service at reasonable prices. We feel confident that once you order from us, you’ll be a return customer the next time your car needs some attention.

    If you haven’t already, be sure to “like” us on Facebook. Our loyal customers and British car fans regularly post photos of their restored cars as well as promote upcoming dates for events.

  • We Help You to Avoid the Parts Hunt for Your British Car

    If you’ve had problems finding a particular part you need for your British car, you’re not alone. Customers have told us of their personal woes about trying unsuccessfully to get a particular part unsuccessfully. They’ve also told us how more and more local car parts businesses only stock parts for only the most common of vehicles. That’s where we come in.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are a family-operated business that opened our doors specifically to provide British car lovers with the ability to get parts easily and quickly so that they can drive and enjoy their car! Our motto is that we are “Large enough to serve, small enough to care about your British car.” We are not a parts locator service. Rather, we stock what we sell, and then ship directly from us to you. There is no middle-man involved. We’re in business so you can enjoy quality ride time with your European car!

    We provide parts and merchandise in the following categories that are tabbed for your convenience and ease in finding your needed part: AH BN1-BJ8, TR3-4A, TR250-TR6, TR7-TR8, Spitfire-GT6, MGA, MG TC TD TF, MGB, Sprite/Midget, Jaguar E-Type, and XJ 69-87. We also sell apparel and accessories and feature overstock specials and even featured products on our homepage.

    We maintain our customers as the focus, and remembering what it was like when the owner had to search high and low for parts when originally racing Triumph Spitfires in the late 1970s. The goal of today of the business has never changed from the onset; our focus is to provide new parts for British cars, Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey, at reasonable prices with fast, courteous, prompt service to the customer.

    By having a reliable, honest “go-to” place for parts, there’s no reason why you can’t obtain and maintain the British car of your dreams!

    Finally, if you’ve been resisting making the choice to purchase a classic British car, we encourage you to resist no longer. With the hurdle of finding parts out of the way, we hope you are more confident in joining the ranks of British car ownership over here in the U.S.!

  • Why We Love Our British Car Classics

    You can certainly tell it’s springtime by the number of classic car shows popping up around town and the increased traffic of car enthusiasts taking their prized restorations out for a spin. The weather is making this a calm, warm and rather beautiful spring season throughout most of the country before the heat of summer sets in, and it’s hard to go too far on any given day without ending up ogling a classic on the road next to you.

    If you are a proud owner of a British car, you already know that there is no better time than right now to get your prized possession up to the standard you want to achieve for those driving moments and car displays. At British parts Northwest, we can help you achieve your car to the restoration readiness you desire. We stock and sell new parts for British cars, Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey, at reasonable prices with fast, courteous, prompt service to the customer.

    What makes us different than the other suppliers out there? British Parts Northwest came into being as a result of the owner, Greg Sherick; interest in racing a Triumph Spitfire in SCCA sponsored races in Portland, Oregon in the late 1970's. In order to keep the expenses down, Greg found it more economical to purchase a whole car that would have parts to match the needed ones of his "F" Production 1970 Spitfire. The backyard of his family's home in Lake Oswego, Oregon became littered with several cars in various stages of disarray and Cherry, his wife, suggested strongly that he get rid of what he didn't need and the rest of the cars. Greg placed an ad in the Portland paper for "Parting out Triumph Spitfire" and was amazed at the immediate response. Thus was born British Parts which also fit nicely with Greg's service station business at the time.

    From that humble beginning to a larger family business that now includes his son and daughter, the core belief of providing parts at the lowest prices possible and maintaining courteous service remains intact. We stock what we sell, eliminating the middle man, and currently are offering free shipping on all orders over $750.

    Check out our website to see what items ready and available to ship out to you today! Or, contact us by phone or email so we can help your next car project become a reality!

  • Official London 2012 Summer Olympics Cars Revealed

    As hype and interest builds in the summer 2012 games being held in London, an announcement this week about the official Olympic cards has been made with great fanfare that German manufacturer BMW is loaning a 4,000-strong fleet of vehicles to the London games. The cars will be used to transport VIPs and executives between sites using Olympic-only lanes—3o miles of specially designed roads—to help speed transit between venues.

    BMW is providing diesel, hybrid and electric cars, as well as motorbikes and bicycles, for the Olympic Games in London this summer. The fleet mostly consists of 3 and 5 Series vehicles in EfficientDynamics guise, the firm's eco-focused trim.

    ZZ406520AA.jpgThe Olympic Route Network will affect large areas of London - including the Olympic Park in Stratford to the areas around the ExCeL arena and Greenwich Park. With public transport routes disrupted as a result, commuters could grind to a halt during peak times. Emergency services are not immune to the disruptions either. Ambulances will only be allowed to use the reserved roadways when on a 999 call and with the use of their blue flashing lights.

    BMW's hybrid and electric vehicles - as well as pushbikes - will help keep the inevitable rise in pollution around the games down, but will only add to the problem of congestion during the 16-day competition. Disruption to bus routes as a result of the restricted lanes won't help get people out of their cars and onto buses and will cause resentment among some in that executives and officials get chauffeur driven to Olympic venues.

    While it’s always fun to watch the Olympics details unfold, at British Parts Northwest, we are a business that has been specifically created to help you find parts for your British car. We are large enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. As a result, we stock what we sell, so that items you want are in stock and sold directly from us to your door. We specialize in new parts for classic British cars Triumph, MG, Jaguar and Austin Healey at reasonable prices with fast, courteous and prompt service to the customer.

  • Powering Up Your British Car

    A top reason that continues to draw a loyal fan base to European cars is the love of a great, high performance drive. People love the maneuverability and power combined with strong, sleek designs that just aren’t found in American cars. And regardless of the style of British car you own, finding ways to get more power is a common question we get.

    Before you tweak your British baby with performance upgrades, know that that adding to one area of the engine may mean changes need to be made elsewhere to ensure overall reliability in the long run.

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    According to a recent survey made in Spitfire GT6 magazine, here are the upgrades readers have typically done to increase the power of their Spitfire:

    • 26 percent - Headers/Exhaust to allow air to move out of the engine faster.
    • 22 percent - Carburetors to allow air to move into the engine faster.
    • 17 percent - Engine Swap going to larger engines that already have more horsepower.
    • 8 percent - Hot Cam to help the valves bring in and expel more air.
    • 6 percent - High Compression Pistons to increase the size of the "bang".
    • 6 percent - Electronic Ignition/Hot Coil to help the spark (that causes the bang) happen more cleanly and larger.
    • 4 percent K&N Air Filter - allow air to move into of the engine faster.
    • 4 percent Other (Added Overdrive, Supercharger, Disconnected Intake Manifold Heating)
    • 3 percent- Tune Up to help engine perform as it was designed for.
    • 3 percent - Mill (skim) the heads to increase compression
    • 1 percent - Electric Fan reduces the load that the belt driven fan creates on the engine.

    At British Parts Northwest, we stock what we sell, so you can get the parts you want sold directly from us and delivered to your door. If you have questions about your Spitfire or ANY of the classic British cars we support, contact us and we can help you with information so that you can the parts you need and performance you expect.

  • What is the Best Classic Car?

    What is the best classic car? That’s a loaded question, of course, and opinions vary as much as personal colors or best sports team. There are so many considerations when talking about “best” and even what is considered “classic.”

    That’s because the answer of “it depends” truly applies. Are you talking about power? Design? Mechanics? Cost? Quality? Usually, it is somewhat all of the above, and as a result, very subjective.

    According to an article in a past issue of Classic Motorsports, when asked “What is the best classic car?” not one of our enthusiasts had a ready answer. In one way or another, everyone said there are just too many to choose from. “Best classic car for what?” was usually the first response, with “What do you mean by ‘classic car’?” coming right on its heels.

    Defining some categories helped our friends get their arms around our question, but by refusing to define the term “classic car” we kept responses open-ended. The results were eclectic, to say the least.

    Nationalities represented included England, Italy, Germany, Japan and the United States. The years of production ranged from the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 through the 1979 Mazda RX-7, even with the “future classics” excluded. Current value of the picks showed a comparable range, with the least expensive—even outside the “budget” category—worth less than $5000, while the most expensive mentioned were over the million-dollar mark. Horsepower wasn’t a criterion of “best” either, with some of the favorites well under 100 and others over 500.

    Talk show host and enthusiast extraordinaire Jay Leno’s collection represents all the variety. Jay has everything from steamer to gasoline, small to large, slow to fast, and cheap to priceless poised to take him down the road. Each of the cars was beautiful in its own way: some in the sweep of their lines, and some in the craftsmanship inherent in their components. But these were not just static pieces of art.

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    “It’s the mechanicalness of them that I like,” Jay said several times. “Once you’ve taken them apart and put them back together again, there’s no mystery; nothing’s hidden.” This lever pushes that valve, that spark ignites this mixture of gas and air, which pushes that cylinder to turn this gear to rotate that wheel. Sure, they’re complicated, but they can be pulled apart and understood.

    Once they are put back together and driven, Jay noted in several different ways, they almost come alive. Artistry, “mechanicalness,” and motion are the elements that link together the variety of cars selected by our friends as the best classics.

    Jay’s responses seem to define why car enthusiasts love tinkering with their cars, and British car owners have a special infinity to doing so—in part because of the preciousness of the parts—and also because they are typically more novelty when on the road.

    That’s where we come in. At British Parts Northwest, we are large enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. We stock what we sell, so that items you seek are shipped directly from us to you. Check out our online catalog of parts—sorted by cars—and see how we can keep your British baby on the road and performance ready!

  • Why We Love Austin-Healeys

    The glamour of an Austin-Healey remains a love affair for those of us who adore this style of British sports car. Since its original debut in 1952, and then to the much-loved “frog-eyed’ Sprite in 1958, enthusiasts have adored their cars. Although Austin-Healeys were built in Great Britain, they were designed to appeal to Americans. In fact, 89 percent of their cars were exported to the U.S., where they are cherished. While 1972 marked the last year Austin-Healey ceased building cars, it is still exciting to see them on the roadways and raceways today.

    ZZ447782B0.jpgAlong with parts for other treasured British cars, we stock products for Austin-Healeys and also for the later Sprite-Midgets. Featured AH products range from simple and inexpensive ignition rotors and transmission mounts to master cylinder brakes, 6-cylinder clutch slave cylinders and cam bearing sets.

    We also have braking components, carburetion fuel systems, clutch components, cooling systems, cylinder heat components, drive trains, engine and interior electrical components, 4- and 6-cylinder engine components, performance parts, steering and suspension, and even tops and covers for your British baby.

    At British Parts Northwest, we are proud of being a family-owned and operated business that stocks what we sell. If you’ve ever looked for parts for your British car, you know that isn’t always the case. We are not a parts locator service; rather we stock parts, accessories, and even apparel so you can be sure you have your car road ready when you are.

    We also invite you to “like” our Facebook page and post your proud photos and be among the first to know of any specials and offers. Our goal is to make every customer a preferred customer and to share the love our beautiful British cars.

  • We’ve Got You Covered For Most Common European Car Replacement Parts

    ZZ3B377F7E.jpgWhat are some of the most common parts that need to be replaced with a car? If you are an owner of a beloved European car, you have undoubtedly become more than just a casual car owner. Most likely it has become a true love affair, and you have learned important details about your car, even becoming somewhat of a mechanic—at least in limited ways.

    If your car is consuming more gas than it has normally, it is most likely signaling for some maintenance help. Your prized automobile may need some replacement parts, as to be expected with any car during its life span.

    According to recent automotive article, here are the most common car parts (domestic and international) that need replacements:

    • The speedometer cable is one of the auto parts that are most commonly replaced. When this cable breaks the speedometer goes crazy and does not stop constantly going in circles.
    • Shock absorbers also need changing when there is a rattling noise coming from the car when it is standing in motion.
    • Windshield wiper: stops working due to wear and tear and needs replacement, sometimes the wipers are attacked by big birds they pull off the rubber from underneath hence they need to be replaced.
    • Brakes: when brakes do not work right it is advisable to pull up the hand brake and not drive the car unless they are repaired, the best way to check your brakes is to check them every morning while you turn the car on, when the car is still in neutral mode, just press the brake pad and check if it feel the same pressure or is it loose.
    • Rear view glass: – We store bikes, baseball kits, soccer stuff everything possible in the boot. If a golf ball hits hard the rare view glass can smash. My golf clubs have been responsible for constantly banging on the rear window and cracking it, when it cracks the glass just powders down and it is difficult to clean it so they are also replaced many times in many cases.

    At British Parts Northwest, we have taken our years of experience of European cars and stock what most common replacement parts are for your British baby. What sets us apart from other European car part companies, is that we actually stock what we sell. So whether it is a common replacement part such as a water pump, ignition rotor, steering lock assembly, brake hose, or turn switch or a more specialized part such as a replacement convertible top or exhaust system, we have you covered. If you see the part on our website, all you need to do is click on it, pay, and then know that the part will be on its way so you can get your favorite car up and going in the condition you seek right away. Our motto is, “Big enough to serve, small enough to care about your British car.”

  • Jaguar E-Type Vehicles Among Most Coveted Beauties

    There are too many European sports cars that are considered the all-time classics to pinpoint just one. Sleek designs, high performance, interior beauty, and legendary power and racing abilities have made us fans of various models, although certain loyalties or favorites typically prevail. Many Americans have a huge adoration of Jaquars, and specifically with the E-type vehicles. The E-types, also known as XK-E, were manufactured between 1961 and 1975 and considered an icon of British classics.

    ZZ0E1D3AC4.jpgIt was initially designed and shown as a rear-wheel drive two-seater coupe and as a convertible, with the 2+2 version being released later. More than 70,000 E-types were sold during its lifespan, and many have been lovingly restored to their original (or better) glory! And, it’s no surprise at all, since numerous British car enthusiasts and reviews touted it as one of the “most beautiful” cars ever made!

    If you are one with a passion for an E-type and are lucky enough to own one of these beauties, then you will love our in-stock availability for parts that will maintain its beauty for years to come! At British Parts Northwest, we stock what we sell, and sell direct from us to your door! We aren’t the middleman; we stock parts for the most classic and beloved European cars. Our website lets you easily and conveniently choose the part you need and then place your order with the knowledge that it will be delivered to you directly within days!

    One of our featured cars we have in-stock parts for is indeed the Jaguar E-type. We have products for the body, mechanical and trim, braking components, carburetion fuel system, clutch, cooling system, drive train, exhaust, and more. We also feature performance parts, steering and suspension, cylinder head components, and basically most any part you will need or want for your ride.

    Of course, if Jaguar E-type isn’t your love, we have parts for other top classic British cars as well. We are big enough to serve, yet small enough to care about your British car. And for a limited time, we offer free shipping on all orders over $750! Get your car ready for the ultimate riding season that is coming soon!

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