This tri-five Chevy marries a derelict exterior look with a leather-heavy, almost steampunk interior.The ’55-’57 Chevy has always been one of the most popular platforms for racers and customizers, and it’s great fun to see how builders go about creating examples to stand out from the crowd. From a field in Memphis to the Mobil 1 booth at SEMA this car certainly do that.
Retro Designs Speed & Custom in Concord, North Carolina was commissioned by Chevy Performance’s The Block to built this 1956 Chevy Bel Air Sports Sedan. The project is called Boosted Bela and as the name suggest the engine is not naturally aspirated.
There’s something undeniably cool about patina on a car. The car was sprayed with several coats of Martin Senour satin clear coat to seal it, giving the original paint, rust, and patina a bit of a shimmer. This is no rat rod or faux patina flavor of the month car. There are no spot-welded road signs acting as floorboards or soda cans masquerading as gauge housings.Inside, you might expect to see Indian blankets draped over the original bench seats. Instead you’ll find Relicate Custom Leather by The Custom Stitching Co. The interior is a stunning masterwork by Steve Kurzman. Boosted Bela is full of surprises, and although it looks like a beater, it is truly a work of art. You can always tell right away when a project is fueled by passion.