This 1957 Chevy 3100 was built to turn heads, with custom touches dripping from every angle and a gorgeous candy paint job, as evidenced in the following 10-minute video from AutotopiaLA.
Taking responsibility for the build is Ricardo Lopez, proprietor of Customs By Lopez in Southern California. We’ve seen Lopez’s work before with his bespoke 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, a.k.a. “El Gran Patron.”
Now, we’re checking out his bagged 1957 Chevy 3100, which shines in a stunning shade of blue from House Of Color. The custom paint comes with a candy finish, and Lopez says he and his team poured roughly 500 hours into getting it perfect.
The effort shows, as the body looks incredibly clean and polished, especially with the sideview mirrors and door handles shaved to keep the lines nice and smooth.
Silver was used for the grille up front, matching the finish for the custom five-spoke wheel from Bonspeed in Orange County.
Lopez also raised the bed to make room for the various components underneath, including the air tank for the suspension, while the rear gets thin taillights mounted flush with the bumper. Lopez also says he did his own wood work for the bed, which makes this Chevy 3100 look even classier.
The interior is highlighted by a custom center console integrating the dash with the rear panels. Behind the steering wheel is a set of Dakota Digital gauges.
Providing the go is a small-block 327 V8, which gets a really cool air filter setup from March Performance with carbon fiber and polished metal. Rated at an estimated 320 horsepower, the V8 isn’t throwing down insane performance, but it still looks fantastic in the Chevy 3100’s engine bay.
Helping the Chevy 3100 hover over the ground is a full Ridetech air suspension setup. There’s also a set of Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners, including six-pistons in front, and four-pistons in the rear. The upgraded calipers bite into drilled and vented discs, measured at 11 inches in back, and 13 inches up front.
Indeed, this Chevy 3100 even gets special attention underneath, where we find a number of components matching the blue paint above.
All told, this 1957 Chevy 3100 is a true blue cruiser, and the amount of work that went into making it look this good is obvious.