A stylish car like this has a stylish engine bay with paint to match the exterior on the walls, and plenty of bright components. But those racing flags etched onto the valve covers are well deserved. This 350 cubic-inch small block has been upgraded with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, performance intake, and long tube headers that snake their way under the X-frame chassis. This V8 has plenty of power, and it has no trouble announcing it thanks to the wicked dual exhaust. GM makes their three-speed automatic stout enough to handle all this extra power, and just as important, it stays comfortable and smooth for when you just want to cruise around.

Concord, North Carolina, United States