Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
The mark of a true craftsman is how invisible he can make his work, and nowhere is that more evident than on this 1956 Chevy Bel Air. Despite its extensive mods the car remains instantly recognizable, and given the quality of the workmanship, you won't find many other shoebox Chevys that can stand next to it.
At first glance, this car still looks like a '56 Chevy, right? Get a little closer, however, and you start to notice a lot of little tweaks, because there's not a single part on this car that hasn't been massaged, tweaked, and customized to make it one of the most spectacular machines we've ever featured. It's just gorgeous from any angle. The changes are seamless and work well with the other details like the shaved hood ornament and smooth deck lid, both of which kept the stylized 'V' emblem to emphasize the V8 power inside. Check out the way the bumpers tuck in ultra-close to the body and the beautifully rendered trim that looks simple but completely defines the car. The gorgeous gold over butterscotch paint job is subtle, sophisticated, and elegant and will never go out of style, making this a car that grabs your attention not by shouting, but rather by whispering to you in the most seductive voice possible. Paint and bodywork are just amazing and while we don't like to mention the word "perfect" around our showrooms, this car gets pretty darned close. Someone spent a ton of cash to make this car look so special.
If you thought they'd phone it in on the interior, guess again. Featuring beautiful custom buckets, it's got a few traditional touches but a modern sensibility. Materials are top quality throughout and they were careful to make the door panels look like the originals. A custom center console houses a set of cup holders and auxiliary gauges that match those in the dash, and they're elegantly color-keyed to the rest of the car. The custom steering wheel looks a lot like the stock 1956 Chevy unit but has been painted bronze and gold to match the overall theme. Beautifully bound carpets feel plush and luxurious and it's been filled with all the luxury items from powerful A/C to power windows that glide up and down with a touch of the original handles to a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system. It's clean, sleek, and very well finished so that you can't see where the stock stuff ends and the custom work begins, which is always the mark of a professional at work. Even the trunk is finished in such a way as to make you wonder if that's how they did it in 1956.
Small block Chevy power is a given, with this car packing a modern tech LS2 V8 with fuel injection and all the modern upgrades. Custom engine covers painted to match the body make the LS powerplant look like it was born there, and with custom sheetmetal work throughout, the engine becomes a piece of art on a background rather than just a machine. Hidden plumbing and wiring keep it clean and many of the metal bits were painted to match the car rather than simply chromed. Other upgrades include a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission, power rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel vented and cross-drilled disc brakes, a custom stainless steel exhaust system with Magnaflow mufflers, and an A-arm suspension that's been lowered enough to give it that aggressive look. The underside is as detailed as the rest of the car, with body-colored frame, suspension, and brake components. The rear axle hangs on a 4-link suspension and the rolling stock is perfect, with 245/50/18s up front and 305/35/20s out back that really fill the fenders.
Skillfully blending restoration and custom work isn't easy, but this awesome Bel Air delivers in every regard. We've never seen better and we're betting you haven't either. Call today!
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