The custom car scene at SEMA is largely dominated by pro-touring Fords and Chevys. When you do see a Mopar around, odds are it is a classic Challenger or Charger. You just don’t see a lot of Belvederes around these days, which made this one all the more interesting.
This 1956 Belvedere convertible is nicknamed “Rare Air” and was built by Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma City. The car is owned by Gil Losi, who is no stranger to custom cars. We featured his 1961 Impala “Under PreSSure” from the 2013 SEMA show on this site before.
This car is a completely custom cruiser from head to tail, and we would expect no less from Steve Cook Creations or from Mr. Losi. The beating heart of the Belvedere is a 6.1L HEMI V8 engine swapped in from a 2006 Charger SRT-8. It is coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission and pumps out a healthy 425 horsepower.
The Belvedere was on display at the AXALTA booth, and was painted in an eye-catching copper color called “Burning Brick” from their Hot Hues line. The interior has been completely redone in two-tone brown leather by Gabe’s Custom Interiors.
This Belvedere looks ready to hit the strip for a summer cruise night and the drive-thru!
Engine and Driveline
6.1L HEMI V8 from a 2006 Charger SRT-8 (425 hp)
5-speed Automatic Transmission
Suspension, Brake, and Wheel
Art Morrison Independent Front Suspension
RideTech Air Bags
Baer Disc Brakes
Curtis Speed one-off wheels: 18″x8″ (front) and 20″x10″ (rear)
Tires: Pirelli 225/40-18 (front) and 275/40-20 (rear)
Body and Exterior
1956 Chrysler 300 Headlights
Relocated Gas Filler
Billet Specialties Hood Hinges
Front/Rear Bumpers Sectioned and Smoothed
Axalta Hot Hues “Burning Brick” Paint
Cromax ChromaPremier 72500S Clear Coat
Chrome Trim by Advanced Plating
Ididit Steering Column
Ford Thunderbird Front Bucket Seats
Custom-stitched Two-Tone Brown Leather Interior
Custom Dakota Digital Gauges
Pirelli Great 8 at the 2015 Detroit Autorama
Custom d’Elegance at the 2016 O’Reilly Sacramento Autorama