With a stunning red paint finish and oodles of chrome trim, this 1962 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top definitely looks the part of a classic American two-door. However, add in the extra-large wheels, dropped stance, and modern LS V8, and it also has what it takes to make some pretty big smiles while cruising. Now, we’re taking a walk around this 1962 Chevy Bel Air Bubble Top and climbing into the cabin for a ride thanks to the following feature video.
When the current owner found this Chevy Bel Air, it was in pretty rough shape. Several body components were missing, including the trunk and floors, and it didn’t have an engine, transmission, or rear brakes. Now, however, this Chevy Bel Air is sitting pretty thanks to a full restoration.
The exterior is covered in Candy Brandy Wine paint with a Charcoal base, giving the panels a nice deep red hue. The car sits low, but isn’t slammed to the ground, tucking in a set of five-spoke polished wheels from Schott. The rollers are staggered at 20 inches in diameter in front and 22 inches in diameter in the rear, and play nice with the fresh chrome trim.
The owner kept the cabin mostly stock, simply adding new upholstery and classic-looking Dakota Digital gauges. Cream upholstery was applied to the seats, foot wells, and headliner, while body-matching red covers just about everything else.
Under the hood, this 1962 Chevy Bel Air draws motivation from a naturally aspirated LS3 V8 engine, which was stroked out to 427 cubic inches. The car was dyno’d at a little over 600 horsepower at the wheels, but that was with three bad cylinders, according to the owner. Output is routed to the rear rubber via an Art Carr 2004R automatic transmission, which feeds a factory rear end fitted with 4.11 gears.
Wilwood brakes haul it down, with six-piston calipers matched with 14-inch rotors in front, and four-piston calipers matched with 12-inch rotors in the rear. Global West was tapped for the suspension upgrades, while the rear is a custom two-link set up.
Check out the full build, as well as what it is like to drive, by hitting play on the video below: