The tri-five Chevrolets of 1955, 1956, and 1957 are some of the most loved cars by collectors and hot rodders. The Belair is the most famous, but it’s closely related to the 210, which is what we see here.
This completely customized Chevrolet 210 belongs to Dan Duffy of Marietta, GA. Dan’s friend Tom Manner did the body work, but completing the car required help from other experts. The paint was done by Thunder Valley Customs in White, Georgia and the interior was restored by M&M Hot Rods in Holly Pond, Alabama.
Like many hot rodders, Dan has opted to do a resto-mod with an old body and brand-new everything else. The tired old frame has been replaced by a cutting-edge Art Morrison chassis with an AME front suspension and a four-link in the rear. With antiroll bars, Strange adjustable coilovers, and Baer disc brakes, this car drives and stops like a much newer vehicle.
Ride and handling are important because things could quickly get out of control with this much power. Under the hood is a 480 horsepower LS3 engine with long tube headers and a custom intake. Coupled to a 4L70E automatic transmission, it’s ready for the cruise or the drag strip! The Ford 9″ rear end with limited slip differential and 4.11 rear gears help the car handle those hard launches.
Once you have committed yourself to the goal of restoring a car, it would be silly to cut corners on things like bodywork. This car has a ton of custom sheet metal including a 3-inch section along the bodyline and a 1″ chop in the front, with a hardtop windshield.
This is a complete custom build with more at work here than you might realize at first. The grille was shortened from six horizontal bars to four, and the parking lights were reduced as well. There is also a redesigned bumper and custom emblems on the hood and trunk. The end result is a car that looks better than stock, but you can’t quite figure out what’s been done to it.
The interior has been given a full treatment with premium Mercedes square-weave carpet, Classic Instruments gauges, and a Clarion stereo system. There’s also a working heater and A/C from Vintage Air, which helps keep the occupants cool while riding on those tan leather seats.
This car was selected as a Ridler Great 8 Finalist at the 2014 Detroit Autorama and was a feature car at the 2014 Summit Racing Equipment Motorama in Atlanta. We’d like to congratulate Dan and all of the builders who worked on this car for their amazing work.