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Monday, August 31, 2009

1955 Chevrolet 210 LT1 Custom 350 V8 - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


Custom Tri-Fives are everywhere, so it takes something really special to get our attention. Take this gorgeous car here—LT1 fuel injected power, modern mechanicals, a sanitary interior and a drop-dead mint black body with subtle ghost flames—we jumped at it, just as you should!

Built on a solid South Carolina body, the street rod experts at Carolina Rod Shop in Piedmont, SC, went to town. Cosmetics first—they’re perfect. The original body panels were massaged flat until the black paint would look a half mile deep. Then they went at it again—it’s that nice. Lots of the trim was blacked out or shaved completely—they definitely went for the clean look with this car. Every remaining piece of chrome and stainless trim looks better than anything bolted to the car at the factory. New lights and lenses are in place from the new style headlights with H4 bulbs to the custom bowtie-equipped taillights. 17” American Racing Torq Thrust II’s got wrapped in new Goodyear Eagle HR tires, 225/45 up front and 235/45 out back. Walk around the front end to spot the nearly-invisible ghost flames—they’re in gold pearl and you really have to look for them. We had a hard time picking them up with the camera!

Open the hood and check out the business within. That’s a fuel injected LT1 Corvette engine bolted to a modern 4L60E four speed automatic overdrive transmission. There’s a mild cam in the motor for a little noise to go with the ultimate drivability of the EFI. Street & Performance out of Mena, AK, built the motor and fabbed up the swap harness for big time reliability. S&P also supplied the engine dress-up and bracket kit, the stainless steel fuel lines and more. A Griffin radiator keeps the car cool with twin electric fans. A custom battery box in the right rear corner adds sparkle while a custom hood liner keeps the temperature and noise down in the cabin. Power steering and the polished A/C system make cruising a lot more pleasurable, and the manual brakes on the firewall are so sharp and easy to use I thought they were power! New wiring harnesses, new tune up parts, new hoses and belt…this car’s ready to roll out.

The 1955 Chevrolet models represented a massive break from the models that preceded it. The chassis was a completely new design, the body was entirely new, the engines were completely new and the cars came with features that are now standard, like 12 volt electrical systems, tubeless tires and more. Of course, the biggest news was the introduction of the small block V8, far and away the most versatile, raced and ubiquitous American engine of all time. The motor proved so popular and so hearty that it remained in production through the 1997 model year, and an updated variation is available in dealerships today!

The suspension shows new components amid fully functional restored pieces. There are new shocks all around, new body mounts, new suspension components and more. The floors and frame are in great shape. You’ll find GM corporate disc brakes up front working with newer drums out back. The dual exhaust system was new at the time of the restoration and sounds powerful and mellow. Rock Valley Stainless supplied the fuel tank. There’s a new sway bar up front keeping body roll in check, but the stock suspension was largely left alone. Chevy did a great job with the engineering—why mess with a good thing? This guy goes as well as it shows!

You’re treated to wall-to-wall leather inside. Those seats are as comfortable as they look, and the power adjustments and lumbar support do wonders for your mood. There are more hides on the door panels and the roof, as well as the custom center console. Dakota Digital gauges are in front of the Le Carra wheel and polished tilt column. The passenger side faux gauge cutout is done in the same black/blue translucent panel, and there are ghost flames in it to tie in the hood! Custom Autosound’s Secret Audio system is controlled from the glove box, four power window switches are hidden under the sliding armrest door, the carpet’s nice and thick under your feet—this is simply a comfortable car to ride in!

This is a bad yet subtle ride, and it’s just the kind of car which flies out the door here! Street rodders, 50’s freaks, Tri-Five aficionados and people who just love a well-done ride take note—this is the right cruiser for your garage! Every now and then, we get a car here at Best of Show that has all of the right stuff, is done right and we just KNOW is going to get snatched up faaaaast, and this ’55 is our best candidate right now. The money is on the table and all bets have been placed … are you going to be the lucky winner?

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