The Chevrolet Bel Air was built in quite large numbers and is thus quite a common sight at most shows or meetups.
One Canadian Chevy Bel Air owner found an interesting way to ensure his honest American sedan still turns heads and gets people talking, though.
Rick Ivy is a furniture designer from Grimsby, Ontario and is the owner of the ‘Bel Error’ – a 1953 Chevy Bel Air four-door with a 3.0-liter turbocharged Toyota 2JZ GTE engine hiding under the hood. The Toyota engine sits in place of the factory 3.5-liter ‘Thriftmaster’ inline-six engine, while the stock three-speed transmission was replaced by a six-speed automatic.
Other upgrades applied to the Bel Error include a Chevrolet 12-bolt rear end from a 1973 Camaro, a rebuilt front end with a disc brake conversion and Detroit Steel aftermarket wheels. A California-style quilted interior completes the slightly worn and weathered look, which the Bel Error is rocking extremely well, in our opinion.
It’s not clear how much power the Bel Error is making, but a stock Toyota 2JZ engine is rated at 321 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque from the factory.
The Toyota 2JZ GTE engine is the most powerful version of the revered line of ‘JZ’ inline-six engines and was famously found in the A80 Toyota Supra. Many North American enthusiasts purchase the engines from Japan, however, where they were offered in the more common Toyota Aristo sedan. Naturally aspirated versions of the inline-six engine can also be found in many Toyota and Lexus vehicles, like the IS300 and GS300.
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