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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 19th – 21st, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 2nd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Classically styled with hidden upgrades
Well-kept older restoration that has seen very few miles since frame-off re-do about 10 years ago. Finished in mint green & ivory, it’s a real head-turner, especially with its low-profile rear tonneau cover that turns the car into a four-passenger roadster.
To increase the Bel Air’s reliability and drivability, old 265 V8 was removed and replaced with a fresh crate motor Chevrolet 350, hooked up to a new Turbo 350 automatic transmission and rebuilt rear end. Original-style valve covers and a rare “Bat-WIng” air-cleaner setup for the dual-quad carbs keep a mid-’50s vibe in the engine bay. At the same time an all-new exhaust system was fitted.
Greatly upping the car’s ability to mix it up with modern traffic are aftermarket front disc brakes. Like the engine, this upgrade is all but invisible, hidden behind the original-size wheels and NOS hubcaps. At the same time, the suspension was renewed with all-new shocks, springs and bushings. The car has been driven less than 500 since the improvements. It’s always been stored inside, covered, and is regularly detailed.
This car’s interior is a highlight, refinished to showroom spec in greens and chrome and stainless-steel, with a big comfy bench front seat. Recent addition is all-new period-correct wool carpet. Likewise, the trunk compartment is immaculate.
What really sets the car apart is removal of the convertible top and its metal framework, replaced with a custom low-profile tonneau cover in color-matched vinyl with button snaps. This turns the car into a roadster and greatly streamlines the side profile.
Car is in Southern California, is currently registered and has a clear California title.