Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You might see muscle cars similar to this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Restomod rumble into major car shows and win trophies on a regular basis, but not many have the horsepower and modern hardware to back up the looks. Packing a thumping, fuel-injected 402 big-block V8 that\'s been matched to a Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox, riding on a Power-Tour ready performance suspension, and featuring a spectacular Hugger Orange paint job wrapped around a bespoke TMI black leather interior, this vintage alpha predator is ready to dominate the game in a BIG WAY.
What they say about bright, vivid paint is true you better have great bodywork or every imperfection will show. It\'s clear that someone took their time before the slick Hugger Orange paint went down. The \'69 Chevelles always look best in attention-grabbing colors, and with nothing more than a black stripe down the profile, this one has a simple yet deliciously brutal look that\'s extremely appealing. They didn\'t add an obnoxious hood, but instead chose to go with a moderate dual-cowl unit that only previews the violent snarl underneath, without fully advertising it. Gaps are great all around, which shouldn\'t be surprising, since virtually every inch of sheetmetal on this car was labored over to get dialed-in, and the result is a car that fits together very well, with doors and a deck lid that shut fairly effortlessly for a car this size. The two-stage urethane paint is in top driver-quality condition with an incredible shine and depth, which is what you need with bright colors to get maximum effect, and the deep finish really makes the stainless trim and chrome pop. It\'s not a perfect show car, and an imperfection or two in the paint and body might be found upon closer examination, but we\'re talking about minor imperfections that do nothing to take away the drop-dead gorgeous curb appeal of this Chevelle. Bright bumpers fore and aft, a blacked-out grille with chrome horizontal bars, a blacked-out SS tail panel out back, and clear emblems all around make this car look perfectly put together, and everyone can instantly tell this one is something special with just a quick glance.
From behind the wheel, it\'s pretty easy to tell that this Chevelle is heavily fortified with modern performance goodies under the hood. The cabin got the full TMI treatment (which is pretty much the best in the business), with black leather-and-suede upholstery held together with Hugger Orange stitches that match the exterior paint finish. Sculpted bucket seats up front are split with a custom center console, bespoke door panels show off awesome designs, and the rear bench seat was stitched to match the buckets, The taut black headliner, plush black carpets, and thick, black dash pad all give the interior a completed look, and even the rear package tray is a bespoke piece filled with speakers, a subwoofer, and an amplifier further proof that nothing was overlooked inside. It\'s all incredibly fresh, in fact is still smells new, and because TMI makes really great, really high-end stuff, this Chevelle feels every bit like an exotic inside. A Billet Specialties steering wheel atop an Ididit tilt column anchors the cockpit, and beyond it the SS-spec gauge bezel looks stock at first, until the key strikes and it\'s revealed that those are in fact Dakota Digital RTX gauges beautifully illuminated with LED backlighting and Hugger Orange needles. Now that\'s what we call \'six-figure details\'. The custom center console houses switches for the power windows and locks, a set of cup holders, extra storage space, and a tall Hurst shifter topped with a cue-ball knob that manages the 6-speed gearbox below. The black dash features a seamlessly integrated retro-style AM/FM/AUX/BT head unit that powers upgraded speakers in the kick panels and package tray and a full Vintage Air A/C unit that blows ice cold. The back seat barely looks used, color-keyed floormats protect the carpets, seatbelts were added fore and aft, and the entire cabin was lined with sound-deadening materials, suggesting that the guys in charge of the interior really knew what they were doing.
The high-powered, period-correct 402 V8 under the hood wasn\'t factory-issue, but it\'s a neat fit in the Chevelle\'s engine bay and has been built and upgraded into a very impressive runner. Topped with a Holley Sniper EFI Fuel-injected and packing huge horsepower and plenty of torque, the entire drivetrain was professionally installed and wired using a modern American Auto Wire wiring harness, and it runs superbly with the accessories managed by a front-runner serpentine system. Performance goodies include an Offenhauser Port-O-Sonic intake, Sanderson headers, a Holley Hyper-Spark ignition, and a full Flex-O-Lite cooling system that includes an aluminum radiator and dual electric fans. The Tremec T56 6-speed gearbox is a perfect dance partner and spins a heavy-duty 12-bol
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