After about 25 years of rebuilding the Houdaille shock for the Maserati and Ferrari I occasionally get asked if I have spare or old stock Houdaille shocks. More often than not the answer is no. There is no pleasure in telling a customer that you can not fulfill a request. I make new Houdaille shocks for the Ferrari and Maserati and I precisely restore those old shocks as well.
Reproducing a product that has not been in production for almost 60 years comes with a cost. When a vintage car owner hears the word reproduction many thoughts come to mind such as cheap, low quality, and untested. Being a purist owner myself and being in the restoration world for many years I also have had these thoughts about reproduction parts. In the case of the reproduction Houdaille shock that I handle, I can assure you there is nothing low quality or untested about them. I am a machinist. I am a perfectionist. I believe in old time Yankee craftsmanship and that’s what you get.