Patina is like a lightning rod for most of us today telling our minds to ""get ready for something special!"" and this 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop certainly delivers. Because beneath the fashionable worn-in style is fuel-injected V8 power, an overdrive transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, a beautiful custom interior, and an adjustable air ride suspension.
A patina'd car rolling down the road looks like it has lived an interesting life thus far. In fact, this .....
shows all the right signs of being the factory application, which it has earned its respect through decades. So this coupe's worn-in style is seen right on the surface to tell its history without ever saying a word. But there's much more going on here. You have a beautiful set of Intro wheels with a cool 20/22 inch front/rear stance. And when you lower the fully adjustable air ride suspension, they nicely tuck into the body. So there's no mistaking this or anything but a custom machine. And as you get closer, you can see they added shine to the right places, like the crystal clear headlights and high-polish bumpers. And the unique rear trunk design was even given some more shine just so that the light can really catch the smooth slope to the center. So the level of detail here goes beyond the real patina. Even the dealer tag on the back is part of the fun. So people will recognize this as a Miami Chevy outlet, which just gets you thinking about what this hardtop looked like cruising on South Beach.
The theme of the exterior is about originality with upgrades, and the interior is something similar. It's about giving you classic style but in a fresh and more inviting package. For example, you get two wide rows of bench seats with the classic button-top details. But there is a supple feel from the upholstery that only comes from a new and modern application. Plus, the carpeting, headliner, and door panels all coordinate in tan/brown to give you an overall feeling of quality. Even the trunk will impress you with its level of detail. You have well-placed upgrades like the retro-style AM/FM stereo, and the air ride controls are mounted in the glovebox. This even has beginning provisions for air conditioning (the compressor is in place but you will need components and servicing for the system.) You'll love slipping behind the classic steering wheel that's now on a tilt column, and the full round gauge package has upgraded readouts for crisp dial and better info.
Chevy was barely into their V8 period when this Bel Air was born, but when you lift the hood, you are going to see what decades of evolution have yielded. It's a 5.3-liter LS-based V8. This fuel-injected powerhouse has a clean look in a tidy engine bay, which is good because there are going to be a lot of eyes on this one. And you'll even spot nice updates like the upgraded air intake and shorty headers feeding the dual exhaust. More than just upgraded for serious power, you now have even more flexibility with it thanks to the 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission that's stout enough to handle the V8, and at the same time, deliver you comfortable overdrive highway cruising. Plus the aluminum radiator with an electric fan will help keep the engine cool even when you're sitting in traffic. Power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, and the grip of modern sport tires complete this true cruising package.
The patina, the rumble, the stance, the comfort... It's all part of an awesomely thoughtful build. This is a true classic and a true custom that's great to show off near or far. Call today!!!