This Chevy has served as a rolling, evolving test bed of high-performance parts and automotive culture trends. Since it first showed up at “popular Hot Rodding” magazine 40 years back, it was developed, tested and rebuild countless times by many enthusiasts all over the country. It has never been finished and has gone under several complete rebuilds. Project X – that was 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air code name.
The most recent rebuild is ultimate and it was done in 2007 by PHR in collaboration with GM Performance Devision. This living legend is powered by all-new Anniversary 427 big block engine [430 HP] which is modern recreation of all-aluminum Zl-1 427. It has 4-barrel carburetor, aluminum oval-port heads, roller camshaft, etc. The whole run of these engines is limited to symbolic 427 units.
C6 Corvette’s front and 4-link mini-tubbed rear suspension fits great in this 1957 Bel Air. Front brake system has 14-inch rotors while 10-inch Wilwood ones sits at the rear. The smooth gear change is ensured by Heavy duty Richmond 5-speed manual transmission.
This Project X 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has faced many more changes including, actually, everything: body reenforcement, interior/exterior updates, more performance features, etc. Nice never ending project…