As Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers age, the appeal of classic cars is still very much present, but the lack of amenities is difficult to manage. We whose navels are no longer as close to our spines as they once were have what may be considered “automotive lifestyle creep.” We have been spoiled by cars that have power steering, power brakes, supple suspensions, air conditioning, decent sound systems, power seats, quality leather interiors, and all the other amenities one would expect on a nicely appointed new car.
Enter the restomod. Yes, you can still look cool with all the style of a true classic car while retaining the luxuries we have come to love in more modern offerings.
Among the most recognizable shapes in American automotive history are the Tri-Five Chevrolets. The Chevy 210, 150, Bel Air, and Nomad were all new in 1955, with designs warmly welcomed by the public. They have remained popular decades later, and that popularity has bridged generations. It is easy to understand the desire to give one the full restomod treatment.
The example seen here is a dazzling execution of a Chevy 210 restomod. The custom blended two-tone silver and green metallic is a welcome departure from the boy-racer colors that so often adorn other builds. The finish is glossy and deep. Gone from the front fender is the Chevrolet script, adding to the smoothed appearance.
All the chrome and brightwork gleams. As your eye travels over the Chevy 210, you notice sculpted Corvette door handles have replaced the originals. The hood ornament has been eliminated, adding to the sleek appearance. The side mirrors look period correct, until you notice the integrated turn signals.
The interior is swathed in sumptuous two-tone leather covering short-back front Recaro buckets that don’t clutter the lines of the Chevy 210’s profile. Artfully shaped door panels have the handle and small speaker situated together in a small oval above a much larger door speaker. A Budnik leather-wrapped steering wheel tops and custom tilt column. The dashtop is attractively covered, and all of the gauges have been moved from in front of the driver to a center gauge pod. The remainder of the center stack and console house a modern head unit, shifter, vents, switches, and some rear passenger controls. Embossed just above the stereo is a large “ZL1,” reminding the driver of the monster lurking beneath the hood.
Nestled in the Chevy 210’s brilliantly polished and smoothed engine bay, you will find a chrome-dipped GM Performance Parts Ram Jet ZL1 454, cranking out 510 angry horsepower. The firewall has been smoothed and shaped around the ZL1. The radiator has also been given the custom treatment, with a painted and shaped cover. The underhood and engine bay have the same glossy finish found on the exterior of the Chevy 210.
Polished Budnik wheels are fitted at all four corners of the Chevy 210, with the rears significantly wider than the fronts. To halt this beast, Baer brakes with cross-drilled rotors have been mounted.
The undercarriage of the Chevy 210 is every bit as spotless and brilliant as the top. The paintwork is exquisite. Lines, headers, oil pan, and suspension bits are all highly polished or chromed.
A final detail of note: this Chevy 210 couldn’t have just any filler door hidden behind the taillight. This one has been changed to an electric power unit that rises to reveal the cap.
Of course, all this quality and craftsmanship does come at a price. This Chevy 210 is available from R & H Motorcar Group for $400,000.