You might see cars similar to this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Restomod rumble into major car shows and win trophies on a regular basis
But not many have the big horsepower to back up the look like this one does. Packing a thumping 383 Stroker V8 that’s matched to a 5-speed manual transmission and featuring a slick Cobalt Blue paint job wrapped around a bespoke leather interior, this is a vintage alpha predator with off-the-charts good-looks that’s ready to dominate the game.
What they say about dark paint is true (it betrays bad bodywork), and it’s very clear that someone spent A LOT of time on the bodywork of this Chevelle before all that super-slick Cobalt Blue paint went on. The ’69 Chevelles always look best in dark colors, and bereft of any distracting decals or stripes, this one has a simple, brutal look that’s extremely appealing. They didn’t add an obnoxious hood, but instead chose to go with a more moderate cowl unit that only previews the violent snarl underneath, without fully advertising it. Gaps are good all around, which shouldn’t be surprising, and the result is a car that fits together very well, with doors and a deck lid that shut fairly effortlessly for a car this size. The two-stage urethane paint has a great shine and depth, which is what you need with darker colors to get maximum effect, and the deep finish really makes the stainless trim and chrome pop. Bright bumpers fore and aft, a blacked-out grille with chrome horizontal bars, and clear “Chevelle” script emblems all make this car look perfectly put together, and almost anyone can instantly tell this one is something special with just a quick glance. Since this is a show car and doesn’t plan on seeing rain anytime soon, this does not have a wiper motor or arms installed.
From behind the wheel, you’d never realize that this Chevelle was so heavily fortified with modern performance goodies under the hood… until you turn the key. Sporty, beige-leather buckets covered in gorgeous patterns look like they were swapped in from the latest exotic, a custom center console splits the middle of the cabin and continues the elegant theme, and the dash was completely reworked and covered with high-end leather-and-suede hides that look like they came straight from a Rolls-Royce. With a scant 2393 miles on the build, everything still looks and feels fresh, including those thick, high-end carpets below, matching door panels at the flanks, and the custom headliner above that ties everything together perfectly. A Billet Specialties steering wheel anchors the cabin, mounted atop a chrome tilt column and centered around a modern gauge bezel filled with digital/analog instruments that keep a close eye on the organized violence under the hood. The cue-ball topped chrome shifter jutting out from the center console faithfully manages the 5-speed gearbox below, and it fits perfectly inside that beautifully sculpted console that also houses switches for the power windows, loads of storage, and billet vents. Those very vents match larger units inside the dash, which hook up with the R134a A/C unit that’s blowing nice and cold throughout this gorgeous interior and is managed through digital controls installed inside the console. A Sony AM/FM/AUX/SAT/BT stereo manages upgraded speakers/subwoofers/and amplifiers stashed throughout the cabin, including out back in the trunk that’s been finished off to competition standards with all that high-end JL Audio equipment.
The high-powered 383 Stroker V8 under the hood obviously wasn’t factory-issue, but it’s a neat fit in the Chevelle’s engine bay nevertheless. Fuel-injected and packing huge horsepower and plenty of torque, the entire drivetrain was professionally installed and wired using modern controllers and a modern wiring harness, and it runs superbly with the accessories managed by a billet serpentine and Victory Series pully system. Performance goodies include a FAST fuel-injection, an Eagle crank, H-beam rods, Wisco pistons, roller rockers, AFR aluminum heads, a high-rise intake, and custom-fabricated headers that all build horsepower, while an engine dress-up kit with shiny Chevrolet valve covers keep things looking slick under the hood. Keeping the block nice and cool under all circumstances is a giant aluminum radiator with dual fans up front, while a modern accessories keep this baby running like a new car. The Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission seems immune to the torque twisting through it and there’s a heavy-duty, built 12-bolt rear end filled with 3.73 gears that’s more than capable of handling all that added power. Underneath, there’s a stainless-steel dual exhaust system with Pypes mufflers that exits behind the rear wheels and sounds spectacular, but it’s not so overpowering that your neighbors will want to move away. It handles superbly with an upgraded RideTech suspension that features tubular control arms, a big sway bar, and adjustable coilovers up front, along with new coil springs, control arms, shocks, and a big sway bar in the rear. And all that power is tamed thanks to responsive modern power steering, and Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors (not setup for an ebrake currently). The builders nailed the stance, too, with a predatory crouch atop the mean-looking, staggered chrome alloys wrapped in 245/40/18 front and 285/30/18 rear Toyo performance radials.
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