An unassuming Bel Air Convertible that’s hiding a brand new GM 350ci V8, fully independent Corvette C4 front suspension with aluminum control arms, power rack & pinion steering, power disc brakes, 700R4 automatic transmission, air conditioning, Dakota Digital gauges, Chrome wire wheels, and more! Every so often in our industry you come across a unique…
An unassuming Bel Air Convertible that’s hiding a brand new GM 350ci V8, fully independent Corvette C4 front suspension with aluminum control arms, power rack & pinion steering, power disc brakes, 700R4 automatic transmission, air conditioning, Dakota Digital gauges, Chrome wire wheels, and more!
Every so often in our industry you come across a unique vehicle that grabs you attention for its good looks, but continues to draw your amazement for the characteristics it possesses under closer inspection! That was certainly the case for this 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible we have offered here. As most are already aware, the 1954 Chevrolet was only offered with a 6 cylinder engine, whether you bought a Corvette, or entry level One-Fifty sedan. By today’s standards, the Chevrolet V8 has prevailed as the go-to engine for classic car enthusiasts truly wishing to utilize their investment, particularly on modern freeway systems. The execution of this Bel Air to become a modern custom underneath was done in such a tasteful manner!
This 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible was treated to a complete restoration, and refinished in a Gloss Tuxedo Black exterior with Cameral Tan Ultrasoft Leatherette interior, and beautiful Haartz Stayfast Black canvass convertible top with matching boot cover! With the original 6 cylinder engine and 3-speed transmission slated for replacement, the front end needed to be prepared to receive a new GM crate 350 HO V8 engine and 700R4 4-speed overdrive transmission. To accomplish this, a Corvette C4 front end was selected which now provides excellent structure & enhanced handling through aluminum upper & lower control arms, power rack & pinion steering, RideTech adjustable coil over shocks, and power assisted disc brakes! The rear axle has been lowered 1” to create a very nice ride height. The new performance power plant has been fitted with an Edelbrock aluminum intake, Rochester Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor, and electronic ignition providing approximately 333 horsepower and 381 ft. lbs. of torque. It maintains standard GM exhaust manifolds exhaling through Magnaflow stainless steel mufflers for a perfect 1950’s street sound with throaty undertones! To allow smooth shifts and lower RPM’s on the highway, a 4-speed overdrive transmission does the job with ease! The cooling system is now managed with a Griffin aluminum radiator with electric cooling fan.
The overall balance of the car retains a very original appearance having all factory chrome and exterior trim. It also showcases factory style front & rear bumper guards, door handle paint protectors, rear fender skirts, fender rock guards, dual outside rearview mirrors, and chrome wire spoke wheels with BF Goodrich Radial wide whitewall tires measuring 185/70R14 up front and 225/70R15 at the rear! Inside, you have air conditioning, an audio system enhanced with a Custom Autosound AM/FM/iPod sound system, custom Dakota Digital gauges in the stock location, a center console with dual cup holders added, all-season rubber floor mats, and a power folding convertible top! The engine shows off plenty of chrome for a worthy presentation when parked at the car shows! It started with complete ease with a flick of the key, and hits the road just outstanding! It has traveled only 3,056 miles since completion, so you can rest assured this Bel Air is ready for many more years of enjoyment!
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