SHOW-STOPPER BUILD, $150K+ INVESTED, CRATE LS3 V8, 4L65, 4 DISCS, COILOVERS, A+
If you like the simple, clean look of the pre-V8 Chevrolets but need a little more go power than the old Stovebolt six could provide, well, perhaps this 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Restomod coupe is the solution. A fresh build that combines the smooth curves of the early '50s with modern LS3 V8 power that makes a big difference in how the car drives, this Bel Air is a lot of high-end fun.
The '50s were a time of pretty radical changes at GM, but if you're a traditionalist who likes an old car that looks old, the early cars definitely hold some appeal. Basic black was a popular color in 1950 so it shouldn't be a surprise that it work so well in this car's case. The build was finished 285 miles ago, so there's zero evidence of age in the finish, offering a brilliant shine and a depth that will make show-goers stop and admire all the hours it must have required to achieve. Fit and finish are extremely good, with doors that align right and a hood that sits flush, and the bodywork underneath is in exemplary condition. Best of all, they left most of the original trim intact, shaving only the hood ornament and emblem and trunk handle to give it a clean look without erasing its identity. And few colors showcase chrome trim better than black, with show-quality chrome, glittering stainless, and cool LED taillights that bring a high-tech look to an old favorite.
The interior has been renovated but it doesn't stray too far from the original look. The bench seat is a modern Glide unit wrapped in gray leather with silver piping, for a traditional yet modern look. New black carpets, matching custom door panels, and a beautifully trimmed headliner make the interior a great place to spend your time. The gauges are stunning, a trick aluminum face with the auxiliary gauges recessed behind, all stuffed into the original round housing. Too cool! The tilt steering column is topped by an early Chevy steering wheel that looks right in this '50, although it's been trimmed a bit to be easier to handle. An under-dash A/C unit is a clever way to add comfort without hacking up the original dash, and there's a modern Sony AM/FM/CD stereo built into the same custom panel and powering a JL Audio amp and subwoofer. The back seat is comfortable for two, maybe three passengers and the trunk is big enough for all their gear, even with the custom bulkhead protecting the stereo gear.
The old six is gone, replaced by a 525 horsepower LS3 crate motor from Summit Racing that's a surprisingly easy fit in the 1950 engine bay. Looking fresh and beautifully designed, it's almost like sculpture with those custom coil covers and contrasting silver accents. Thanks to modern fuel injection and engine management, it starts instantly, idles properly, and pulls with ferocity at virtually any speed. The smooth firewall, custom radiator shroud, and hidden plumbing and wiring are the work of a master craftsman and it's just spectacular. Underneath, there's a full Art Morrison chassis with A-arms and rack-and-pinion steering in front and a 4-link out back, all suspended on coil-over shocks. The dual exhaust system was painted black to help it blend in, but the car sits so right, you'll never notice it. Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes are a very good idea on something this fast and thanks to the 4L60E 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, it'll cruise all day at supra-legal speeds. Traditional Torque Thrust wheels are a great choice, although these carry oversized 245/40/17 front and 275/40/17 rear performance radials.
This Chevy is a spectacular pro-built rod that runs and drives superbly and is ready to win awards at almost any level. Impressive isn't enough word to describe just how cool this Chevy really is. With over $150k in the build of this beauty, it's an absolute steal at this price. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Fuel Injection
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Coil-Over Suspension
- Tilt Wheel
- Leather Seats
- Air Conditioning
- Bluetooth Radio
- AM/FM Radio
- Build Receipts
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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