Resto-mods are popular with people who like to drive collector cars rather than simply stand and admire them. That’s because the resto-mod process involves retaining the vehicle’s classic appearance while updating its mechanical components, so it’s a competent and comfortable way to travel, even at modern interstate speeds.
A case in point being offered on the AutoHunter online auction site is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that retains the popular design of the ’57 Chevy but features such updates and upgrades as the installation of an LS7 engine.
According to the car’s consignor to the auction, the modifications were done in 2016 by Tony’s Kustoms of Lenoir City, Tennessee.
The car rides on a full Art Morrison GT Sport chassis with a coil-over suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and power Wilwood disc brakes behind Budnik Muroc IV SKO wheels.
Power comes from a 7.0-liter Chevrolet V8 linked to a 4L65E automatic transmission with a stout 9-inch Ford rear axle with 3:70 gears.
Other features include polished stainless-steel exhaust, contemporary audio system with Bluetooth, modern air conditioning and power windows.
The car is finished in an eye-catching red paint with a matching power convertible top. You’ll find original styling elements like the tail fin trim panels, gold grille, and gold Chevrolet scripts with “V” emblems.
Inside, the custom interior is done in red leather with gray inserts and put together with French stitching.
The car has been driven only 1,500 miles since its transformation, the seller notes, and recently passed a 125-point inspection. It’s located in Morgan Hill, California but is currently looking for its next home.
To view the listing and photo gallery, see the AutoHunter website.