Heavily modified cars can be hard to sell second-hand. There’s usually a bit of a disparity between what the owner of the vehicle believes the realization of their vision is worth and what the public does, which can leave a sour taste in the mouth of both the seller and prospective new owner.
We think this custom 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe will have no problem attracting the kind of money that it’s worth when it crosses the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Fall 2020 sale later this month, though. With tasteful, restrained modifications that almost look like they were offered from the factory, it’d be hard for any true classic car enthusiast not to at least have an appreciation for this custom two-door Chevelle.
Rather than an eye-popping shade of paint like most muscle cars, this distinct Chevelle glistens in a two-tone DuPont Ivory and Cashmere paint job with orange and burgundy pinstripes. The rest of the body is stock, however new polished bumpers and trim help brighten up the exterior, while Billet Specialties wheels give the old school coupe a more modern feel.
Under the hood sits a supercharged 6.2L LS9 V8 engine lifted from a C6 Corvette ZR1, which is joined by American Racing stainless-steel headers, a full 3.5-inch exhaust and an aftermarket aluminum radiator. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Tremec six-speed manual transmission with a McLeod clutch and pressure plate and Ford 9-inch rear end with 3.50 gears. The engine is cradled by an Arti Morrison front clip with C6 Corvette components and is joined by QA1 coilovers, Wilwood calipers, vented disc brakes and a modern-day power steering system.
Inside, the interior has been overhauled with vintage-look bucket seats, new carpeting, carbon fiber-look trim, AutoMeter gauges, a Hurst shifter, Vintage Air A/C and power windows. Other modern add-ons include a power trunk release, new halogen headlights and LED taillights.
Check out the video embedded below to get a better look at this custom 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle before it goes to a new home at Barrett-Jackson Fall 2020 later this month.