Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
Time for one of the most awesome sleepers around. This 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air received a full rotisserie restoration to return it back to its first days on the street. But if you look closely, you'll also see subtle hints to serious big block power and the five-speed that make this ready to eat the streets.
This is a very desirable generation for the full-sized Bel Air. There's a muscle car-like forward leaning front end and plenty of nice flair on the rear fenders. But this sleeper doesn't exploit that part of its design too much. Instead, the Ermine White has a fresh glow of the kind of car your grandmother only took out of the garage to drive to church. The straight trim, Bel Air badging, and well-integrated mirror-like chrome bumpers only reinforce this well-respected look. In fact, the only hints at the beast within are the racing flag badges on the front and the Hurst badge on the rear. Oh yeah, and those competition-style torque thrust wheels do have particularly meaty rear rubber.
They also took time to bring the interior back to day one. A tasteful two-tone tan seen throughout and the cloth inserts on the seats are kind of things that will make people take notice at a car shows. So people will comment on the time capsule look even before they find out about this car's sleeper status. But while this one wants to travel incognito, they made sure to give you the right essential upgrades. So you not only have the Hurst floor shifter, but also there's a large oil presser gauge and tach mounted low on the dash (it's somewhat hidden from everyone but the driver.)
Just like the rest of the car, the engine bay has been restored to a time warp status. The dark paint funnels your attention to the bold block and polished valve covers. And you just know it cost a small fortune to get everything, right down to the radiator, looking this fresh and glossy. But this engine bay is harboring a secret. The callouts say 427 because that was the largest motor offered in '66. But this is actually a larger 454 cubic-inch V8 that was stroked to a whopping 496ci total! This monster motor inhales deeply with a four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with thunderous authority out of the X-pipe dual exhaust. We bet it has been a while since you've seen a '60s machine that gives you the kind of complete control that the Tremec five-speed manual transmission gives you in this one. Because this classic is now a big power machine, you'll be glad to see in the undercarriage photos a fresh suspension and the addition of a rear sway bar.
Complete with owner's manual, this is a cool classic with a huge wow factor. It's the restored street machine of your dreams, and all you need to do to make it a reality is call today!
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