Slap a cheap paint job on a custom car, and the whole build looks that much worse for it. However, if you go above and beyond on the paint, the results can be absolutely stunning. Such is the case with this 1957 Chevy, which not only shows a wild fade paint job, but packs a modern supercharged V8 and all the trimmings to match.
This particular 1957 Chevy is owned by Mitch Kelly from Kelly & Son Crazy Painters, and, as expected, Kelly’s shop did the paint and the build. Kelly originally purchased the Chevy in somewhat rough condition, but in the end, he managed to create something pretty special.
“This car has been created from scratch,” the owner says.
“The car is all aftermarket, every bit of it,” he adds.
Under the hood, the Chevy is motivated by a supercharged V8 from Pace Performance, specifically an LSX on eight pounds of boost. Although the engine can handle more, the tuner said it was running so well at 8 psi the decision was made to leave it as is. Output is estimated to be around 560 horsepower at the rear wheels. The engine also looks immaculate, with clean air coming in from the fender and headlight intake. Spent gasses exit via Ultimate Headers and MagnaFlow mufflers.
Output is routed through a six-speed Tremec transmission, which feeds a Currie 9-inch rear end and 3.77 gears. Baer brakes handle the stopping duties, while the chassis and suspension are handled by Roadster Shop.
“It’s a no-brainer,” the owner says. “You get a frame from [Roadster Shop], they already have it set up, you set the car on there, you’re done.”
Outside, this Chevy rocks an awesome fade paint job, with eight color changes to achieve the look, plus a urethane candy clear coat to give it some extra depth. Even the door jambs and inside of the trunk show the same paint fade. The front bumper is made from one piece of metal, giving the front end a subtle, custom look, while a set of Budnik wheels with a black finish and red inner detailing roll in the corners.
Check out the full build right here: