A beautiful two-tone exterior and nicely coordinated custom
interior give the impression of a great cruising classic. But when
you lift the hood on this 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, the
performance-built V8 lets you in on the secret that there's a beast
within this beauty.
This is everything you love about the '50s in one car. The 1958 Chevrolet was a solo and distinct style that made sure they were the kings of being lower, wider, and longer than the rest. So they gave it a true presence, with bright grille stretched end-to-end, and the chrome bumper even followed suit as it wrapped around the front fenders. Along the side, the tailfin now started behind the door and didn't stop until it looped around the trunk to create some of the most artful sheetmetal that wouldn't even be dared today. It was capped off by another bumper with so much chrome that your date could use it to check her lipstick. All of these features are so clear today thanks to exceptional care that has gone into this Bel Air. The panels are quite straight; the doors shut with authority; and the turquoise and white two-tone has the right luster to reflect the neon of the car hop perfectly. But then you look at those bright Cragar wheels, and you realize there's much more here than just nostalgia.
Inside you get more blue and white for a very thoughtful appearance. The custom front buckets have a comfortable tweed insert, and the seat materials are used for the custom side panels, headliner, carpeting, and even the rear bench, where there is plenty of room for family and friends in this full-sized Chevy. The white steering wheel with stylized chrome center cap is an artful touch for panache lovers, but people who enjoy the drive will start picking up on other custom features, too. After all, the full AutoMeter gauge setup and B&M locking shifter are the kind of components that let you know there's something special under the hood.
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. That's why you love this Bel Air - it likes to do everything you like, too.
Great colors hide a ferocious growl - there's a lot of fun within this iconic one-year style. So hurry up, because there is only one up for grabs. Call now!!
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