Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
This car has best of both worlds. It's a nicely restored Bel Air with the looks, room and features that made this car popular when it was introduced, combined with discreet, current gen, suspension and drivetrain updates to make it a better riding, better handling and reliable modern car. Come on down and take it for a ride and see for yourself.
Looking more like a dignified member of your community than a flashy local celebrity, this car is presented in Gray and Silver that was professionally applied and looks fantastic. It's like it's wearing a tailored suit for Sunday morning church or a fund-raising dinner as opposed to a flashy Mardi Gras party. The colors nicely compliment all the chrome that is one of the appeals of a Bel Air, and all that chrome is shiny and new and looks amazing. The rocket on the hood leads the way with a red, white and blue Chevy badge just below it. An eggcrate grill is surrounded by chrome and underlined with that bold, beautiful bumper. Chrome highlights run from the front fender to the door, and then creatively divide the two-tone paint on the rear fender. The stainless around the windows is polished up and shines as brightly as the chrome, and the back bumper has a couple chrome exhaust tips peeking out from underneath.
Open the door and you will find more of the understated elegance of this restoration. A two-tone Gray cloth interior echoes the look of the paint on the car. The cloth is super comfortable and just begs you to get in and settle in for a ride. Power windows are one of the nice modern updates and all the switches are at the driver's fingertips. The steering wheel with the full circular chrome horn ring has that wonderful 1950s look and feel to it. The gauges in the dash received a really nice update and redesign that keeps the original feel of the car but does it with modern design and functionality. The engine gauges are arrayed across the top with the speedo in the center and gear indicators for the automatic transmission are just below that. Off to the right are the ventilation controls that include those for the Vintage Air system to keep you cool. An AM/FM/Cassette player is there for your listening pleasure and a fresh headliner and carpeting ties it all together nicely.
Pop the hood on this car and you will find a modern 350 cubic inch V8 that is as nicely dressed out as the rest of the car. A polished-up air topper sits on top of an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold. Chrome valve covers, master cylinder and brake booster add to the flashy look. Billet pulley mounts for the alternator and A/C compressor are polished up nicely too and there is an aluminum radiator to keep things running cool. Shorty headers twist and wind their way to a dual exhaust system and give the car a nice sound. What you don't see easily is the nice suspension upgrades. Up front, tubular control arms have coil over springs with adjustable ride height capability. Power rack and pinion steering adds to the precise feel of the handling and power front disc brakes assure good stopping ability. At the rear, trailing arms with the same type of adjustable coil over shock springs provide the same advantages of good handling and ride.
Come on down and check this car out. It is a sweet combination of classic good looks and modern updates that may make you want to drive it home.