First things first: this 1956 Chevy 210 hardtop really is as
incredibly straight as it looks in photos. Powered by a stout
502-inch big block, filled with a trick custom interior, and
looking like a six-figure build, this is a car that will win
trophies and hearts at any show it attends.
A lot of guys build Shoebox Chevys, but the key to building a great one like this is to let the original designers have their way. The 1956 Chevy was perhaps the cleanest of the three years, and with 210 trim, it seems to have exactly the right amount of sparkle. Of course, eyeball-burning red paint certainly helps, but it's the little stuff that really stands out on this car. For instance, note how the gaps virtually disappear in the � front view, suggesting not only that they're tight, but that the panels are so precisely aligned that it forms an almost unbroken surface. That doesn't happen by accident, but rather requires hours and hours of tedious work that doesn't come cheap. The paint itself is two-stage urethane, color-sanded and buffed to a nearly impossible shine, and with just red, there are no distractions from the impeccable workmanship. Much the original trim was retained, restored, and reinstalled for that perfect back-to-the-50s attitude, and a few shaved pieces plus the body-colored bumpers help give it a very sleek look that you don't find very often.
That gorgeous gray bucket seat interior is beautifully finished and designed for comfort and function as well as looking good. High-back buckets from a late-model sport patterned upholstery that's modern, but subtle enough to not steal any of the bodywork's thunder. A custom center console integrates neatly with the overall look, appearing as if it were built there. A leather-wrapped banjo-style wheel looks right and frames the original instrument panel as well as a column-mounted tachometer. There's also a full array of auxiliary gauges underneath, as well as a B&M shifter for the TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. Lots of chrome and billet aluminum dress things up, and bringing the red inside helps brighten the otherwise monochromatic interior. An AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo has been stashed out of sight. You'll also note that despite the massive wheel tubs that give it that Pro-Street stance, the back seat remains spacious and comfortable. And with a price tag like that, you know the trunk is beautifully finished, too, with simple gray carpets, fuel cell, and a remote-mounted battery.
Under all that chrome and polished aluminum, there's a stout GM ZZ502 cubic inch crate engine, and it makes this Shoebox a real mover. Installed in December 2015, it has 963 miles on it, with the balance of the 2-year, 50,000-mile warranty fully intact. With a Holley 750 CFM 4-barrel carburetor underneath that huge open-element air cleaner, it makes 508 horsepower and 580 pounds of torque, which obviously makes for instantaneous throttle response that moves the car effortlessly. They clearly spent a lot of time on the cosmetics, but service access is easy and this sucker runs superbly, so it's ready to cruise right now. Long-tube headers help make power and feed into a custom dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers and turn-downs just ahead of the rear axle. Fresh 3.50 gears in a custom narrowed Ford 9-inch rear end give it long legs on the highway, and an A-arm front suspension makes it feel agile on the road. And to get that perfect Pro-Street stance, staggered Centerline wheels were fitted with 28x6.00R15 front and 31x16.00R15 rear Mickey Thompson radials.
With just over 900 shake-down miles, this Chevy is ready to cruise or collect trophies. Call today!
The Pick of the Day combines Chevrolet big-block power with classic American styling for a visually stunning custom creation built to perform on the street.
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