Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Dazzling in beautiful burgundy paint with a powerful and reliable 350 V8 under the hood, this 1957 Chevrolet 210 Restomod has been built to show-off, yet drives like a modern muscle car. Tastefully modified, it retains all the styling cues that make the '57s so iconic, but done to standards they just couldn't have imagined when it was originally built.
Deep burgundy and chrome work so well together on a classic car. You can see from the reflections in our photo booth that there are no ripples or waves in the panels, even the big ones like the doors and quarters. Gaps are excellent, and there's something about the way the doors close on cars of this vintage that you can't find anywhere today. It's a solid, precise feeling that suggests the engineers were at the top of their game when they designed these cars. And that burgundy paint practically radiates in the sun it's so bright. With that lowered, slightly forward-raking stance, it almost looks chopped or sectioned, but I assure you that it's 100% as the General intended; it's just the awesome workmanship that makes it look so incredible. All the chrome and stainless is in good shape, too, from the big grille with chrome "Dagmars" to the beautifully polished stainless on the flanks and around the windows. It's got some age on it, but nothing serious and nobody will ever notice the little flaws simply because the overall effect is so jaw-dropping.
The interior more than lives up to the promises made by the body. Although it looks like it's always belonged, those are actually factory seat frames wrapped in pleated Parchment that neatly disguises the factory stuff, and like the paint, it has been done to a high standard that looks great today. The door panels have been upholstered to match the seats and everything else was painted to match the bodywork. The original dashboard has been retained and restored, filled with factory-style gauge ahead of the driver, a triple set of auxiliary unit under the dash, and even the modern AM/FM/cassette radio looks like the 1957 version. A tilt steering column was cleverly added and painted to hide in plain sight, and the woodrimmed Grant steering wheel is simply beautiful. And perhaps best of all, a modern R134a A/C unit was neatly installed under the dash and it fills the cabin with cold air. Out back, the spacious trunk has been neatly carpeted and includes a full size spare and full jack set.
Power comes from a 350 cubic inch V8 motor that looks right at home in the 210's engine bay. That chrome open-element air filter feeds a Demon 4-barrel carb that sits atop an aluminum intake, and the chrome valve covers sit atop a set of center-bolt heads. All the power accessories you'd expect are included, from the A/C to the power steering and power front disc brakes, and a big aluminum radiator keeps the whole show nice and cool, making this a car that is daily-driver reliable and show car beautiful. Underneath, the chassis is nicely finished in black with gray floors, with a big sway bar fore and aft, a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, and a 10-bolt rear end hanging on leaf springs. A custom-made dual exhaust system gives it just the right rumble, and traditional American Racing Torque Thrust wheels carry staggered 225/55/16 front and 235/55/17 rear performance radials.
This is an exceptional '57 with a build that could not possibly be duplicated for the asking price. Best of all, it's a no-compromises car that is reliable enough to drive every day and beautiful enough to take home some local trophies. Call today!
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