This amazing 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan is one of those cars that already has all the right ingredients. Big horsepower stroker motor? Yep. Overdrive transmission? Of course. Gorgeous interior with all the upgrades? What did you expect? And it's so nice that you'll want to drive it everywhere you go.
Bright pastels like the Twilight Turquoise and India Ivory combination on this car never look wrong, but on this cool coupe, it's downright spectacular, especially rendered in modern two-stage urethane. The two-tone combination emphasizes the chrome and trim, all of which remain intact on this mild custom, and all of it has been restored to a high standard. All the body panels are straight, and the reflections in our photo studio are proof enough that someone invested the time and effort to make this one look right. All the things that make these cars great also make them a challenge to restore; if your panels don't align correctly, you're going to see it in mismatched trim. It all works together making a car that will get attract attention at first glance, but really needs extended study to see just how nicely done it really is. They didn't shave, delete, or modify any of the exterior pieces, but you know instantly that this car is special, which is a testament to the workmanship. There are a few signs of use and age, but rolling into a show driving this car is going to cause quite a stir.
The completely restored interior is a big step up from 1956, and offers all the comforts and conveniences of a modern luxury car with all the style of 1956. Seriously, is there anyone who thinks they can do a better job than the GM stylists? The factory bench seat is wrapped in beautiful turquoise and white upholstery that comes right out of the 1956 factory brochure; well, OK, not exactly, but it has the right look and the right materials. Blue carpets add some contrast and the dash retains a factory look, complete with modern gauges from Dakota Digital that slot right into the original gauge pod. The floor-mounted shifter falls easily to hand and you'll be delighted to note that it's linked to a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, making this Bel Air an effortless high-speed cruiser. A polished tilt column holds a neat small-diameter wheel that looks like the original and a powerful entertainment system fills the car with sound thanks to a set of trunk-mounted subwoofers. And speaking of the trunk, it's simply finished with a tailored carpet to give it a clean, uncluttered look.
You can't make a car look this good and not have it perform, so a built 383 cubic inch small block Chevy V8 went under the hood. Famous for making great torque, the engine is happy trundling through traffic or hammering down the interstate. The list of hardware is impressive, including an upgraded camshaft, stroker crank, ported double-hump heads, and a 4-barrel carburetor on an aluminum intake. It never gets fussy, idles well, and delivers instant power with a just quick prod of the throttle. It's also extremely well detailed, with neat wiring and plumbing, a lot of chrome and billet aluminum, plus Chevy Orange paint on the block. Long-tube headers feed a Flowmaster exhaust and a 10-bolt out back plants the power thanks to a 3.55-geared limited slip inside. 4-wheel disc brakes give it the stopping power of a modern car and it rides on Budnik wheels wearing 235/40/18 front and 265/35/18 rear performance radials.
This is a car that you can drive anywhere with confidence, and it will still draw a crowd anywhere it goes. Call today!