Kindred Motorworks begins vehicle production earlier than predicted on its first anniversary.
Mare Island facility showcases advanced vehicle restoration and production techniques.
Electric Kindred Chevy 3100 pickup debuts at Motorlux during Monterey Car Week.
Kindred Motorworks, known for its modernized vintage vehicles, marks its first anniversary with a significant achievement: beginning production of its vehicles ahead of schedule. The Bay Area automaker, headquartered on Mare Island, made the announcement during its appearance at the Monterey Car Week, where the company showcased the all-electric Kindred Chevy 3100 pickup at the Motorlux event.
Rob Howard, Kindred Motorworks’ founder and CEO, reflected on the company’s rapid evolution. “From our debut in Monterey a year ago, we have since expanded our lineup, opened our order books, and established our permanent base at Mare Island. We are elated to announce that our first customer vehicle will be delivered this Fall, months before our anticipated timeline.”
The Mare Island facility has been a hub of activity. The team has worked tirelessly to document the vehicle restoration process. Technicians in the teardown zone break down a donor Bronco to its core framework in less than four hours, with only the prime examples proceeding to production after a rigorous inspection. In the metal fabrication workshop, sheet metal panels and essential components are crafted with the Kindred Bronco body alone, demanding over 1,600 hours of development. Vehicles are then painted to custom orders in the paint zone and exposed to 180℉ to ensure a flawless finish. Lastly, in the assembly zone, vehicles are finalized with frames, powertrains, suspension, electrical systems, and interiors assembled to perfection.
John McGinn, Director of Production at Kindred Motorworks, commented on the team’s progress, “Six months back, we started with a handful of individuals. Now, thanks to our shared vision and collaborative efforts, we have a full-fledged production system in place.”
The inaugural vehicle rolling off the production line will be the Kindred Bronco Heritage Edition, powered by a 5.0-litre V8. This development symbolizes the brand’s dedication to delivering quality and commitment to its customers.
For those attending the Motorlux event on August 16, 2023, the electric Kindred Chevy 3100 awaits. A modern twist on the classic 1947-53 Chevrolet 3100 pickup, it combines iconic design with a 294-horsepower electric engine and state-of-the-art features.
Details on the first customer vehicle delivery are expected to be released this Fall.