David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 8:16 a.m.
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Back in the ’50s, Karl Meier designed a front spoiler for the VW Beetle. It didn’t take off, but his company, Kamei, offered other accessories–like the slumber cushion, a pillow that stuck to the passenger window. 

Finally, in the ’70s, Kamei spoilers stated to become …

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pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
1/14/20 8:40 a.m.

A Golf with a Kamei air dam was the shiznit back in the day. Toss on some BBS lace wheels and Hella fogs and I was in love.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/14/20 8:47 a.m.

I really miss Kamei spoilers.

They were a good company with great customer service too. I went to their place in North Haven Connecticut once and they helped with an installation issue free of charge. They might even have replaced the whole thing for me.

I was just a kid, but they treated me like a VIP.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/14/20 8:48 a.m.

In reply to pinchvalve :

It seemed as if every first generation Scirocco and 320i had one back then too.

Jumper K Balls (Trent)
Jumper K Balls (Trent) PowerDork
1/14/20 9:06 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

 

 

 

Once again, killing it with these posts

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
1/14/20 9:08 a.m.

This thread needs more 2002's - that is the car that I instantly think of when I hear the word Kamei.

aw614
aw614 Reader
1/14/20 9:45 a.m.

Always loved the mk2 scirocco with the x1 kit and eurobumpers

roverguy
roverguy New Reader
1/14/20 10:47 a.m.

Pic of my 71 SAAB EMS clone back in mid 70's with my Kamei Air Dam.

I removed it for New England Winters!

I was a dealer for them as well as all the other go fast bits; Minilite, Cibie, Ansa, Momo, etc.

Ah, to be able to get those parts and prices today!

 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 11:26 a.m.

Now that I think about it, I have a Kamei product list at home. Assuming I can find it, I'll add it to this thread. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
1/14/20 12:35 p.m.

I had a Kamei front spoiler on my '78 Datsun 510.  It was "the must have" accessory of the era.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 3:49 p.m.

In reply to Jumper K Balls (Trent) :

Thanks. Hopefully everyone's enjoying them.

airwilf
airwilf New Reader
1/14/20 6:06 p.m.

Thanks for the memories, I still have these two models I built in the late 70s. Wish I could find one of my black 84 GTI.As a so-so modeler, the striping was a challenge, but it worked out well. Probably why I still have them.

84FSP
84FSP SuperDork
1/14/20 6:29 p.m.

So much Rabbit goodness.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/14/20 7:22 p.m.

In reply to airwilf :

That's really cool!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 9:47 p.m.

Okay, those Kamei listings. Upon graduating college in 1992, I got a job selling parts at Automod. They were a W-D for many of the day's big brands. We stocked a ton of inventory as we sold a lot of wholesale.

Kamei, for example? We had a big rack full of front spoilers. And shelves for everything else. Sadly Automod is gone. I was there until going full-time at GRM in 1994. This was basically my grad school. 

After being hired, I was handed a catalog: "Learn it." (Also, there's stuff sitting on my scanner, so you're getting low-tech scans tonight.)

Kamei:

 

Pacesetter exhausts and headers:

K&N:

Hella and Cibie lamps:

Amco knobs, racks and convertible tops:

Nardi and Momo wheels--so many wheels and hubs and horn buttons:

We had some fiberglass parts made for us--mainly for Z-cars, Mustangs, RX-7 and mid-'80s Maximas (super-hot at the time):

This is just a fraction of the catalog. We even did louvers, too, but those had to go via truck so I don't remember us doing too much with them:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 9:52 p.m.

And, here, some low-tech zooming so you can read the Kamei front spoiler part numbers:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/14/20 9:54 p.m.

And here's the '82 Accord that I drove in college. It needed a Kamei front spoiler. (Also, can anyone tell me where this photo was taken?)

Speedyschwein
Speedyschwein New Reader
1/15/20 1:07 a.m.

Was that photo taken at Road Atlanta, on the hill where the motocross track used to be, before the hill was clear cut?

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/15/20 4:44 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Dude, that Can Caddy... Doesn't it seem unfathomable today that there was a time without factory cup holders in vehicles?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/15/20 7:37 a.m.
Speedyschwein said:

Was that photo taken at Road Atlanta, on the hill where the motocross track used to be, before the hill was clear cut?

We have a winner--well, close enough. Yes, top of Road Atlanta. Time: about 1991-'92, so before the motocross track but while the infield was still a sea of red clay.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/15/20 7:38 a.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Dude, that Can Caddy... Doesn't it seem unfathomable today that there was a time without factory cup holders in vehicles?

IIRC, they came in a six-pack box. And we moved a bunch of them. 

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