|The inception of GM Performance Parts started in the late 1960s. At only 27, Ernie Callard was invited to a high-level GM Directors meeting to discuss the factory support needed for various Trans Am racing teams. Management had two concerns: Where do they store the parts, and how do they ship the parts? Above all, Callard was instructed to never run out of parts for the GM teams. |
With those directions, Callard was put in charge of a new line of high performance GM Parts. Initially, the parts were planned to be “no code” parts so that no one could track what they were, where they were going, or who finally received them. But, Callard had a slightly different idea: “I told them, ‘Let’s put a number on the parts. Let’s sell them! Let’s make these parts available to anyone who wants them for their own cars!’”
The GM executives agreed, and Callard was in the high performance parts business. Although it’s doubtful that he knew it at the time, Callard’s early concepts of high performance part numbering, configuration, packaging, and distribution initiated the concept of a “crate engine” as well as laid the groundwork for what is today GM Performance Parts. For over 50 years, GM has had success with the small block V8. Then along came the big block, the LS and now the LSX. The GM Performance Div. of General Motors offers all of the hottest parts, pieces and complete engines now direct from the factory and ready for you to install. You can rest assured that when you buy a genuine GM Performance product, that you are getting the finest quality parts made by General Motors and that every part is perfectly matched for optimum performance.
The GM Performance Parts product offering includes streetable, complete small block and big block crate engines ready to run or long blocks and short blocks from 290 HP all the way to a neck snapping 720HP. The product line also includes all of the parts to build these motors from valve covers to all on the internal components such as pistons and cams.
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