Operation Overlord: A Custom ’67 Chevelle Tribute To A War Hero

Operation Overlord was the codename for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings.

Now, almost 80-years later, the owner of this radically custom ’67 Chevelle, reached out to The Custom Shop in Flanagan, IL to build a tribute to his father who served in that very same operation – hence the name, Overlord.

What is the first thing you notice about the custom work done to Overlord?

The Custom Shop has churned out some of the wildest customs muscle cars we’ve seen in years, and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. Debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show, Overlord is the culmination of countless hours of fabrication to be shown at the SONY booth. For good reason, too!

From humble barn find beginnings to a true masterpiece.

The project started life as a rough barn find and took about one year to complete. They started with a Roadster Shop Chassis and placed a shining jewel atop in the form of a built 408ci LSX. Mate to the monstrous engine is a Procharger system that feeds through an intercooler and into dual throttle bodies.

With this much firepower, Overlord is a very fitting nickname for this high-level build.

Behind that boosted powerplant lies a GM TR6060 spinning near 700hp at the tire. To place that power to the ground, the crew wrapped custom COR wheels in Toyo Tires and hauls the rig to a stop courtesy of Wilwood Brakes.

Of course, a build of this magnitude wouldn’t be complete without a serious amount of custom fabrication. The Custom Shop used new sheet metal from Goodmark to replace old damaged panels and they went on to build custom ground effects, rear diffusor, and chin spoiler. All of which contribute to the aggressive stance.

Since Overlord was unveiled at the Sony booth during SEMA 2019, it only makes sense that the interior is just as radical as the exterior and the sound system is the stuff of legends!

Oh, and since the car was to be shown at the Sony booth, it had to have a killer sound system – all 5,000 watts of it! The interior, including the Holley Pro-Dash were done in-house at The Custom Shop. As was the White ProSpray paint and Charcoal graphics – all applied by John Wargo, owner of The Custom Shop.

Builds from The Custom Shop really draw a crowd.

After seeing this amazing creation in person, we can say without a doubt it’s a fitting tribute to, not only Operation Overlord, but the owner’s father as well.

Check out all the amazing rides The Custom Shop has put together over the years at www.thecustomshop.co.

About the author

Vinny Costa

Fast cars, motorcycles, and loud music are what get Vinny’s blood pumping. Catch him behind the wheel of his ’68 Firebird. Chances are, Black Sabbath will be playing in the background.
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