A Vibrant 1954 Bel Air That Is The Best Of Both Worlds

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Built with great looks and outstanding performance, this custom is vibrant and full of power. Spotted on Engine Swap Depot, check out this 1954 Chevy Bel Air that has show car aesthetics, all the while able to get sideways on the autocross tarmac.

Owned by Harold and Tracy Chapman, non Tri-Five Bel Air’s are a rarity to see whizzing around cones since it weighs a solid 4,199 lbs. Brought out for the 2016 Goodguys 7th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Bel Air ended up placing first in the Hot Rod class, moving it into the Pro Class for the rest of the season.

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However, this is no ordinary Bel Air. Underneath its cool appeal is a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis, a Donald Hardy LSX 454 cubic-inch supercharged mill mated to a Bolwer 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission.

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The car’s lowered ride height fits the look of the Bel Air nicely to go along with the pristine chrome and bright paint job. Inside and out, this custom holds a nice stance and clearly performs beyond its expectations.

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While it may not look aggressive, it is when the 454 begins to churn that all should fear. What looks like an unfinished project, we hope to see this Bel Air flourish and dominate wherever it may be, the autocross track or on display as a show car.

What are your thoughts on this custom Chevy? What would be your next order of business? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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About the author

nicaguon

Nic Aguon is a graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communications and holds a passion for sleek and unique automobiles. Serving as a Staff Writer for multiple publications at Power Automedia, Nic pledges to bring readers clean and concise storytelling that hits the nail right on the head. A jack of all trades, his interests range from imports to American muscle, hot rods, and Kustoms.
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