Sunpro Celebrating 75th Anniversary

Apr 20, 2010

Sunpro is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a manufacturer of tachometers and gauges.

Founded in 1935 in Crystal Lake, Ill. as the Sun brand, the company originally made industrial tachometers for Jeeps and tanks.

As the performance marketplace emerged and grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Sun responded with products for the new enthusiast market.

By 1970, Super Tachs were appearing on speed shop shelves from coast to coast.

In the 1980s, the company expanded and became Sunpro, debuting products for both the professional technician and the enthusiast markets.

“Many of today’s enthusiasts grew up with our gauges adorning their dashboards, and they are passing that passion down to their kids and grandkids,” said the company’s product manager Jennifer Otto.

Sun was the first company to bring color dial faces as well as lighted pointers and larger chrome bezels to tachometers. The pointer allowed for safer driving and shifting, and was the solution to saving engines in the racing industry, said the company.

The increasing popularity of the tach continues to attract muscle car enthusiasts, hot rodders and weekend racers to the brand.

Today, Sunpro continues to offer a variety of tachometers, gauges and installation accessories. To learn more about the company and its products visit