Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Cool resto-mods don't turn out this cool without a lot of planning and a lot of effort. Featuring brilliant red paint, a stout stroker motor, and a sumptuous interior, this 1955 Chevy 210 Del Ray is the perfect cruiser to take on a cross-country jaunt this summer, and will knock 'em dead at the local cruise night.
Building a cool Shoebox isn't easy, and making it look unique without radical alterations is a trick in itself, one that the guys who built this 2-door seem to have mastered. Straight sheetmetal and correct detailing give this '55 an honest look that will earn both respect and admiration on the street, because everyone digs the '50s. Bodywork is extremely well done, and with that slick Torch Red and white paint, the effect is both contemporary and vintage. Two-tone Bel Airs are timeless, and nobody will argue that it doesn't give the car a more appropriate look, especially with the bright colors and all that chrome. During the rebuild, all the original trim, brightwork, and chrome appeared to have been replaced because it's all really shining up like new. Although the paint was completed in 2002 and shows a few very minor signs of use, there really is no downside to any Shoebox Chevy when it's put together this well. And while it's not exactly a sleeper, this sweet little Chevy has all the right moves.
Perfectly complimenting the bright exterior is a wonderful black and white interior, a subdued combination that would look right at home in a much more expensive vehicle. The original bench has been stitched in custom patterns, with black squares and swooping white accents that frame it all wonderfully. Stylish door panels were tailored to match, and they worked hard to make it look this stylish, with slick black paint on the dash, window moldings, and steering column. The original dash is intact, with modern instruments (including a column-mounted tach) and a shiny trim strip that spans the entire width. A/C has been added using an under-dash unit, and yes, that's a 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter. Entertainment comes from an AM/FM stereo, and a set of auxiliary gauges flank the A/C vents and provide accurate information about the engine's vitals. The black carpets are plush, the headliner is taut, and there's plenty of room in the backseat for all your friends. Out back the trunk has been custom finished to match the cabin, housing a relocated Optima battery, a custom Chevrolet panel, and a full-size spare tire.
The engine is a 383 cubic inch stroker motor that's rated at 430HP and 435 ft.-lbs. of torque, thanks in large part to the added pop provided by Fast Burn aluminum heads. It's fed by a Holley 750CFM 4-barrel carburetor on a high-rise Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold and there's a Pertronix ignition system that sparks the engine to life with ease. All the equipment was new when the car was built, so it starts instantly and idles well, but delivers the substantial big horsepower punch. Block-hugging long-tube headers feed a custom dual exhaust system with Edelbrock performance mufflers, and things like power steering and power front disc brakes were added when the upgraded front end was swapped in. The chassis is quite tidy and clean, with nothing hidden by undercoating, and with 3.08 posi gears out back, it's punchy around town but cruises at highway speeds without a lot of drama. Chrome 5-spoke wheels were given a high polish and then fitted with fat BFGoodrich white-letter radials to finish the awesome look and set the stance perfectly.
With a high-quality build and all the creature comforts, this '55 Del Ray is a cruiser you can buy affordably and drive with confidence. Call today!
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