READY TO CRUISE '53, 350 V8, 700R4 OVERDRIVE, 4 WHEEL POWER DISCS, PS, SWEET!!
We got a lot of customers in our showrooms who want the look of an old car but not the hassles, and this 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door might be just the right kind of car for such a person. Get in, turn the key, and head out for the open road, this car is always up for it. It's also got features like A/C and a great-running small block V8 so you don't have to give up modern conveniences to have fun.
The '53 Chevrolets were handsome cars in a conservative way, and that's probably why they look so good today with a few custom tricks. This one didn't need any serious modifications, but instead they focused on emphasizing what was good and minimizing what wasn't needed and the results are pretty darned good. Up front, the grille was painted body color and the hood ornament was shaved, and for those of you with sharp eyes, you'll also spot the front emblem and marker light from an early '70s Nova up front, complete with '350' badges. The color is a deep plum metallic that looks great on the curvy Chevy's sheetmetal and accentuates the flared rear fenders and crisp character line streaming back from the headlights. The finish is good enough to be shown with pride at the local cruise nights but you'll never worry about approaching thunder storms or bugs on your windshield. The stainless trim was polished up and the wrap-around bumpers wear chrome that's way nicer than 1953 stuff, all tied together to make a neat package that you'll look forward to driving.
The interior is more substantially modified with awesome two-tone upholstery on a set of low-back bucket seats. The soft, comfortable cloth was also used on the door panels and headliner for a consistent look and even the carpets were treated to the two-tone for a very finished feel throughout. A custom center console was fabricated to hold the shifter and an elegant little clock that matches the Dolphin gauges in the dash. For cruising comfort, there's a tilt column with a modern billet steering wheel, under-dash air conditioning that was expertly molded into the original panel, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo right in the middle. A few tasteful pinstripes highlight the top of the dash and the panoramic view through the curved windshield shouldn't be missed. The full-sized back seat offers plenty of room for friends and family and the trunk is set up for road trips with custom upholstery, a full-sized spare, and lots of space.
You can see why this is such a great cruiser under the hood: a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8. It's an easy fit in the '53 and with a few upgrades like the Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, it's powerful enough to be entertaining but simple enough to be reliable. A few chrome dress-up parts make the engine bay sparkle and with a big aluminum radiator up front, no worries about heat in the summer. A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission feeds a 10-bolt rear so it's an easy highway cruiser and upgrades like an A-arm front suspension with power rack-and-pinion steering means it's easy to drive anywhere. Four-wheel disc brakes are a pleasant surprise on a car like this and they sit behind flashy 15-inch aluminum wheels with 215/70/15 whitewall radials.
Very cleverly built, this Chevy is a heck of a lot of car for not a lot of cash and includes everything you'd want to hit the next long-distance cruise. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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