In an era where your local Chevy dealer sells 580 horsepower pony cars, and a whole roster of global companies engineer modern performance products for anything from a Civic to a Cadillac, it's safe to say the pro-touring movement is alive and well. With that in mind, every so often we get a first class pro-tourer that instantly draws a crowd, even in our showroom of exclusive, one-of-a-kind muscle cars. This stunning Chevelle, which couples a Mast Motorsports LSX small block with a beefy Tremec 6-speed and serialized Art Morrison chassis, is one such stare magnet. Between its cool, custom interior and chill-inducing color combination, the car seems to have so much curb appeal that we've joked about selling tickets just to look at it! But, in our effort to become your one-stop shop for the world's coolest muscle cars, we decided to offer it as an amazing classic that can be enjoyed on the road AND at the show.
The product of a fresh, $200K restoration that transformed a sun-seeking Malibu into a shadow-dwelling Super Sport, this slick Chevy hardtop features a seamless and sinister appearance that's highlighted by a coat of jet-black paint. Now, we all know it isn't easy to perfect a body that's going to be dipped in deep black pigment and that difficulty doubles when said black pigment is pretty much the ONLY thing prospective admirers have to focus on. But, no worries here; just take one look down the sides of this Chevelle's rock-solid fuselage and it becomes obvious that great care was taken to ensure each of its panels were aligned to better-than-factory fit. Step closer to those panels' hypnotic finish and check out their straight and ripple-free surfaces, which are a product of both rust-free sheetmetal and high quality prep work. Grab that sheetmetal's well-adjusted pivot points and feel how smoothly they close to provide an excellent fit, which is highlighted by precise gaps and glossy clearcoat sheen. Now, step back and watch it all add up to one very well-done pro-tourer that's built to exacting specifications.
Many enthusiasts view the '70 Chevelle as the pinnacle of both muscle car and classic Chevy design. That's probably why this '72 is so intent on lying about its true age. At the front of its aphotic profile, a familiar crossbar grille hangs smoked Fesler HIDs above a full, body-matched bumper that's complete with heavily smoked marker lamps. Behind that grille, a striking carbon fiber hood anchors a custom cowl panel below two Ringbrothers lanyards, a small, body-matched sport mirror and tinted glass that's framed in glossy, color-keyed trim. At the sides of that hood, modern, Charcoal door handles combine with completely shaved fenders to add sensual sizzle to the car's liquid-smooth profile. And at the back of that profile, a second, body-matched bumper hangs smoked Dakota Digital LEDs beneath a bright, carbon fiber deck lid.
Few cars fit the “muscle car" description better than a Chevelle. So, when it comes to building an A-Body that's as threatening as this Chevelle, you'd better have SERIOUS power on tap. Twisting stout 11.4 to 1 compression into 628 dyno-proven horsepower and a massive 585 lb./ft. of torque, this coupe's high performance, Mast Motorsports LSX 454 is a technological testament to the old rule: more cubic inches equals more horsepower! Based on GM's stalwart iron block small block, Mast's brutal mill utilizes forged Callies internals, Mahle pistons, ARP fasteners and a custom Mast Motorsports cam to flat out whip pretty much anything with four wheels. A perfect amount of air and fuel is supplied by a mandatory GM throttle body that's cinched to a big, reusable filter element. That air and fuel mixes in a proven Vortec intake and progresses to familiar LS3 cylinder heads that are built with Manley pushrods and LS3 hydraulic roller lifters. Immediately following combustion, spent gases roar through 3-inch, mandrel-bent pipes via black, Jet-Hot coated Stainless Works headers. And a big Be Cool radiator, two Spal puller fans, a heavy duty crankcase breather and high quality Aeromotive fuel components ensure rocket-like acceleration. The modern small block rides in a clean, body-matched engine bay that displays OEM-level attentiveness to both engineering and assembly. And many details, like a smoothed firewall, braided fluid lines, orange, “LSX 454" branded valve covers and slick Fesler hood hardware, dress up GM's traditionally conservative aesthetics.
This is usually the point in a pro-tourer breakdown where passive optimism has turned into nail-biting enthusiasm. And unfortunately, that excitement is sometimes dampened by statements like “a stalwart TH400 transmission" or “a familiar 12-bolt rear end". Not so with this first class Chevelle! Its owner's crystal clear vision of eventual perfection has culminated in a completely custom suspension that's chock full of high performance hardware and modern drivetrain components. The killer small block twists to its 6,800 RPM redline thanks to a fresh Tremec Magnum 6-speed that's built to handle 700 lb./ft. of torque. Fitted with a scatter shield, and sealed in a Quick Time bellhousing, that stout T56 utilizes an ACT Xtreme twin-disc clutch and custom, alloy driveshaft to spin a limited slip differential around a back-braced, 9-inch rear end, big, 3.89 gears and Strange axles. Holding that world class drivetrain off the pavement is a $21K Art Morrison boxed chassis, which is seated between traditional mini tubs. At the front of that chassis, tubular control arms hang adjustable Strange coil-overs and Detroit Speed power rack and pinion steering between an Art Morrison sway bar and tough, C6 Corvette spindles. At the back of that chassis, an Art Morrison, chrome-moly 4-link is complete with two more Strange coil-overs and a second Art Morison sway bar. Stops come courtesy of a body-matched, Wilwood disc brake system that wraps 6-piston front calipers, and 4-piston rear calipers, around 14-inch drilled and slotted rotors. At the center of the car, custom, mandrel-bent pipes swirl spent gases through a big, X-shaped crossover to polished resonators and great sounding Dynomax mufflers. And at the corners of the car, a $4K set of Boze Lateral G wheels spin sticky 275/35ZR18 front, and 335/30ZR18 rear, BF Goodrich G-Force T/As around locking lug nuts and “LSX" branded center caps. Aesthetically, the bottom of this Chevelle is just as clean as its top, featuring black floors and a full outfit of stainless hardware. And essentials like a new fuel tank, braided brake lines and an in-tank, high flow fuel pump round out a roster of top notch details.
Open this Chevy's solid-closing doors and take in a custom black interior that, as an astute combination of serious hardware and modern aesthetics, is the perfect place to spend high profile weekends. The first thing you'll notice is four racing-style bucket seats: two of which are fitted with 5-point Impact Racing harnesses, and all of which are so supportive they'll have no problem living 100 miles at a time. In front of those seats, a custom dash hangs carbon fiber-styled inserts between custom American Autowire wiring and Auto Meter GM Performance Parts bowtie gauges. Below that dash, a custom, full-length console anchors a traditional Hurst shifter between a Wilwood brake proportioning valve and controls for a familiar Vintage Air climate system. At the base of that console, new carpet anchors heavy duty floor mats beneath body-matched foot pedals. At the edge of those rugs, custom side panels hang suede inserts behind small armrests and anodized door hardware. Above those panels, a leather headliner frames a billet rearview mirror in front of a bright, LED dome light. In front of the driver, a stylish, 4-spoke steering wheel spins a thick black rim around a tilting, Flaming River steering column. Behind the passengers, a fully finished trunk mixes stylish leather panels with billet, Fesler hinges. And the car's builders made sure safety was a top priority by installing a full Art Morrison cage over a track-ready fire suppression system.
Be sure to visit our main web page, www.gatewayclassiccars.com where you can view 100+ pictures, and a short video of this amazing car in action. Along with all the rest of our fantastic inventory in this as well as our other seventeen showrooms! Contact us directly at 817-310-9400. We'll see you on the showroom floor!
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