This 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Resto-Mod really features the best of everything
It gives you a leather interior, air conditioning, upgraded V8 power, and full custom air ride suspension. It’s a total package classic that loves to cruise easy and make the scene wherever it goes.
From the moment you lay eyes on this one, you can tell it’s an interesting custom build. But before we dive into the investments that make it quite original, let’s remember why this is such a great classic to begin with. The top-of-the-line Bel Air model added plenty more bright trim. Areas like the full window surrounds make for an added sparkle that are always welcomed on a 1950s machine. And the reason why the bumpers and trim shine so brightly is because this car was given a full frame-off restoration in 2015, and it has left the garage for less than 2,200 miles since then. The Glacier White paint takes the car’s original India Ivory and really turns up the intensity. So the result is a car that absolutely loves to radiate in the sunshine. But not everything is about brightness. There is a well-coordinated matte pewter in the grille, hallmark rear fender trim, and modern 18-inch alloys. It helps signal that this shining classic is also something extra special.
The interior seamlessly blends the vintage and new worlds together. It starts with the two-tone seats. It has the classic-style bench look, but now you have a supple white leather with gray diamond pattern suede inserts. Not only is this coordinating with the exterior color combo, but also the carpeting, dash, headliner, trunk, and custom door panels are all done to match. The result is a thoughtful appearance inside and out. Power front windows (drivers window will need servicing, and rear windows are stationary), a retro-style AM/FM digital tuner with iPod input, and R134a air conditioning (will need servicing) means this is the perfect cruising machine to take your family and friends along for the ride. But even when it’s just you, classic-style features like the Chevy steering wheel and Dolphin gauges will keep you happily motoring along.
Since this has an interior and exterior that you’ll want to show off, the engine bay has been given all the right show-stopping investments, too. The V8 is presented in a clean and white engine bay, and the low mileage means a fresh presentation that includes the polished components like the air grabber, valve covers, pulleys, alternator, and more. This is a 350 cubic-inch small block crate motor that has been enhanced with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake, MSD distributor, and shorty headers feeding the dual exhaust system. Plus, there’s even a Griffin aluminum radiator with electric fan to help keep this one cool in all conditions – even when the A/C is running. Out on the road, you’ll experience more great upgrades, like the newer bushings and a triangulated four-link rear end. Plus, the air ride system lets you dial-in the ideal stance from the driver’s seat. There’s also a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission, rack & pinion power steering, power front disc brakes, and Positraction rear end. So you know this one loves to be driven.
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Location: Lutz, Florida, United States