It’s been a long time since Chevrolet Bel Air left production but enthusiasts are still breathing new life into the platform. This stunning blue diner hides a completely updated set of components that culminates in a 640 hp supercharged V8. And on sale for $350,000.
This LT4 V8 under the hood of this Bel Air is undoubtedly significant as it offers a modern flair but it is the other details that make this design so special. The 8L90 automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels, and RideTech air suspension cushions the shocks.
The driveline and suspension sit atop Custom Scott’s Hot Rods custom chassis and everything is stopped with large, six-piston Willwood brake calipers mounted on slotted and drilled rotors. Custom 20-inch wheels wrap those brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rims finish the package. The rear tires are also 345mm wide, so lowering power won’t be an issue.
It’s small touches though that might be more impressive for this classic American coupe. Externally, die-hard Bel-Air fans will notice the sharks and little tucks the body has undergone to come out looking more elegant. Inside the cabin, it’s quite detailed.
The correct digital Dakota gauges sit in front of the driver and the transmission is controlled by the Lokar transmission. The Vintage Air system looks almost like a factory but offers modern climate control. A Rockford Fosgate sound system with a four-channel 400-watt amplifier is also included so the buyer can enjoy state-of-the-art sound quality.
Even exhaust tips get a treatment of their own. It’s built in an elliptical shape to help avoid dents, dents, and other damage that might occur as a result of a low ride height. This isn’t the first time Retro Designs has worked with Bel Air and their experience is shown here.
The latest Bel Air model unveiled to a massive impact at SEMA comes with an original unrestored exterior, driveline and completely revamped interior. This wild eatery may not be available but this new one is for anyone with $350,000.