Everyone loves a good restomod, but every now and then someone comes along which really spoils our socks. The 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air is one of those, and we’ve honestly considered it a work of rolling art. On sale on eBay for $199,900 (although the list is out, which may mean it’s sold out), the Bel-Air has received a full grill restoration plus its many upgrades.
Aesthetically, Chevy Sport Silver paint on the exterior, complemented by Matte Pewter metallic bumpers and bumpers (which have also been trimmed and shave), Billet Specialty alloy wheels, and LED headlights. Inside, there’s custom burgundy leather upholstery, digital gauges, a custom center console and headliner, a new audio system with old-style radio, and a Lokar floor shifter in place of the original column-mounted unit.
As with nearly all restomods, this Bel-Air has a bite to support its bark. It’s powered by a 5.7L LS1 V8, and while there’s no word for power, these engines produce a minimum of 305 hp (309 hp/227 kW) in the US market, and this engine has been modified. Upgrades include ceramic-coated heads, Flowmaster mufflers, an aluminum Griffin radiator, and dual electric cooling fans. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission, and the car also features full power steering, brakes and windows.
Other new mechanicals include independent suspension at the front with tubular upper and lower control arms along with a four-link live axle at the rear with a 9-inch Currie axle. The car features height-adjustable air suspension on all four corners, as well as new disc brakes with CPP calipers and perforated and slotted rotors. Coming back to the Billet Specialties alloy wheels, they measure 18 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear, and compared to the stock rims, the tires they ride are 55mm and 75mm, respectively.