West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this frame off customized nuts and bolts with no expense spared restoration of a 1955 Chevrolet 210 2 Door custom hot rod with only some 1,800 miles since the build in a beautiful show quality repaint on a razor straight body and with a striking custom interior & with a new crate LS1 V8 Corvette engine matched to a 700 R4 4 speed automatic transmission.
This is one very well known show quality and award winning hot rod which has been extensively profiled and featured in numerous magazines and trade publications including Street Rodder 2011.
Taking a rust free and razor straight '55 Chevrolet 210 post sedan this 5 year build won that years 'Grand National Roadster Show' followed by the drive to Goodguys Del Mar taking home 'Builders Choice' honors.
This exceptional build was created by a local renown shop, Stone Classic Creations of Torrance, CA, whose sheetmetal changes for the sedan included filling the cowl vent, firewall and inner fenders while the transmission tunnel was raised 4 inches and new rear custom flooring with wheel tubs was installed that allowed the body to slide down over the chassis. This effort was performed in order for the body to sit low.
The bodywork was handled by Leonel Vargas also of Torrance, CA, who then turned the 210 over to Scott Bonowski of 'Hot Rods & Hobbies' of Signal Hill, CA and together they sprayed on the PPG Blood Red & Black. Brushed nickel was liberally used on the front and rear bumpers, door handles, grille, tailight bezels, and other trim, like the Nomad bumper guards.
Traditional brightwork, like the chrome was supplied by Bob Verne's Chrome of Gardena, CA.
The chassis is based on a stock '55 with the rear C notched to accommodate the custom crossmember for the Ride Tech (Jasper, Indiana) airbags and Shockwave 8,000s. Other rear modifications include literally the rear - a Ford 9 inch with 3.50 limited slip gears, 31 spline axles, triangulated four bar and Wilwood (Camarillo, CA) four piston calipers with 12 inch slotted rotors that complete the rear brake system.
In front 2.5" dropped spindles are used along with a Saginaw 605 power steering box twisted by a Chevy van tilt column topped with a cut down stock wheel, double adjustable shocks, and Ride Tech air ride bags. Wilwood is again used as braking, this time with 14" drilled and slotted rotors along with four piston calipers.
The braking system features a Hydroboost from 'Power Brake Service' (Long Beach, CA) along with a Corvette dual reservoir master cylinder all pressed into service by a factory pedal assembly.
In between the road and the chassis is a full set of 'Schott Velocity' wheels measuring 18x8 & 20x10 with Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber that measures 225/40R18 & 305/35ZR20.
The powertrain is formed around a 405HP Chevy LS1 from 'Turn Key Engine Supply' of Oceanside, CA along with a 700 R4 from 'Phoenix Transmission Products'.
Other engine compartment appointments include the Street & Performance (Mena, AK) alternator & a 'Griffin' radiator from 'Griffin Thermal Products'. 'Street & Performance' also supplied the headers. The exhaust system is made from 2.5" tubing coupled with stainless Magnaflow mufflers built by Stone.
The interior utilizes a stock dashboard with 'Classic Instruments' gauges set into brushed nickel insert. Wiring was handled by Huey Weatherbee while the wire comes from American Autowire. A stock front seat is retained while a custom rear bench was scratch built by Fast Ed Brescia. The seating and door panels are covered in Cinnamon & Black Scottish leather in a double diamond pattern with Black Mercedes valor carpeting, all by Fast Ed. The leather seatbelts are adorned with nickel plated grommets and the Scottish leather is again used for the perforated headliner.
LS1 V8 engine with 1800 miles 700 R4 4 speed Automatic Transmission Front suspension - Independent Air ride Rear suspension - Air ride triangulated four link with shockwaves 9" Rear end - Ratio 3.73:1 31 spline Mosier axles Limited slip Front wheels 18 Schott wheels Rear wheels 20 Schott wheels Front tires 225/40/ZR18 Rear tires 305/35/ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires Front and Back Front Brakes - Power disc Rear Brakes - Power disc 4 Piston front and rear calipers Wilwood Big Brake 12 front rotors Drilled and slotted front and rear Power steering Air Conditioning Vintage Air Dual Exhaust full custom Mandrel Bent 2.5 with X Pipe fully Tig welded and Ceramic coated Magna Flow Mufflers All Stainless Hard lines for fuel and brakes
Brushed Nickel Bumpers and Brushed Stainless trim Body lines are straight Doors and trunk operate smoothly Mini tubbed One piece door glass
Tilt Steering column Cinnamon colored Scottish Leather Double diamond stitch pattern with extensive attention to detail Classic Instruments gauges with brushed nickel dash insert
Full Body Off restoration with all new Hardware and Body Mounts Rock Valley Stainless fuel tank with fuel pump in tank Customized Frame Powder coated Black
The rear bench seat was scratch built and covered in Scottish leather. Note the use of nickel plated grommets and the double diamond stitch pattern on the front and rear seats. The onboard computer panel handles the Ride Tech Air Suspension. The brushed nickel dash insert is equipped with Classic Instruments with the headlight pull switch and ignition appearing stock but upon close inspection are actually also plated in brushed nickel. The stock wheel and horn were cut down with the ring then nickel plated and the outer rim covered in the interior Scottish leather. Note the door panels are stitched in the same double diamond Scottish leather. The '55 Chevy hood ornament, front and rear bumpers, stock grille and tailight bezels are all also finished in brushed nickel.
One of the USA's most recognized classic cars ever, the Two-Ten series, introduced for the 1953 model year, replaced the Styleline DeLuxe series. It was actually the best-selling Chevrolet model during 1953-54, offering a balance of style and luxury appointments unavailable in the base 150 series, but was less costly than the top-of-the-line Bel Air. Two-Tens offered the widest choice of body styles for 1953, including a convertible, Sport Coupe hardtop, two- and four-door sedans and four-door station wagons.
This particular 1955 Chevrolet 210 2 Door example was recently rotisserie nuts and bolts frame off restored and customized with absolutely no expense spared and has only some 1,800 miles on the build since its restoration. This is a phenomenally well built custom by only very well respected shops which still holds true to its roots and which obviously sounds and drives absolutely magnificently - see the video on our You Tube Page on our website for visuals.
In summary this must be one of the finest examples anywhere of a fully operational and turn-key tastefully customized and very collectible 1955 Chevrolet Custom Two Ten 2 Door Custom with the most modern of upgraded modern components yet which still has a classic original 210 look as well as all the modern day custom upgrades and technical advances and boasting a very desirable LS1 V8 Corvette engine - a wonderful example of America's favorite 1950's classic car and a wonderful addition to any muscle car or the most discerning custom hot rod enthusiasts collection!