1956 Chevrolet BelAir Custom
The tri-five Chevrolets truly have a special place in automotive history. They have always been a popular choice among car enthusiasts and there are no signs that will change anytime soon. Pick out any 50's television show or movie and you are almost 100% guaranteed to see one of these cars. They really are an iconic group of cars and some of the most recognizable American cars of all time. Of those everyone has their favorite whether it is the '55, '56, or '57. No matter what year you lean towards there is zero chance you would walk past this '56 without giving it a second look. This car is one of the nicest vehicles we have had the opportunity to list and if it isn't the nicest '56 BelAir we have ever listed it is definitely near the top. Checking it out it is clear that there has been more work, time, and money invested into it than we could even imagine. The car is one of a kind and just as much a work of art as it is a classic car. From top to bottom everything is of the highest quality throughout. Those classic BelAir lines combined with the customizations has transformed it into something anyone would be honored to own. The car, known as "The Double Huffer", was originally built in California and anyone that has laid hands on it is an expert in their respective field.
Starting with the exterior, the car is very solid overall with no rust issues and nice straight panels throughout. The Gloss Black paint has a beautiful shine and the flames were expertly done. They stretch the entirely length of the body and look perfect on the car. Framed in Purple pinstriping the metallic paint changes from various hues of Orange, Red, Blue and Purple. We know flames aren't for everyone but can't imagine anyone seeing these and not being impressed. Along the sides is the original stainless trim which is laser straight and beautifully polished out. In fact all of the chrome or stainless trim on it has an excellent finish. The original 3 piece bumper up front was turned upside down, shortened, had the edges re-shaped and then was seam welded to give it a much better fit. Had Chevrolet seen this car back in the 50's they might have rethought their original 3 piece design because it really looks sharp on the car. It gives it the illusion that the car sits closer to the ground and is perfectly accented by the 1954 Chevrolet grill/parking lights that was shortened to fit in place. In back the rear bumper looks just as good and came from a 1956 Nomad Station Wagon. The hood and trunk of the car were nosed/decked with only the original "V" emblems being left in place. The result is a very slick and clean exterior. The car is an original 2 door hardtop and they even went as far as to remove the drip rails and contour them to match the chrome flippers. When you start seeing modifications like that it is a clear indicator to how detailed and well thought out this build was. Another cool feature on the roof was the incorporation of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala rear roof vent. Not only does it look right at home, it also functions as a third brake light. The wheel wells on the car have been tubbed to allow space for the Boyd Coddington wheels to tuck underneath. All of the paint and body work was completed by Extreme Automotive in Corona, California.
If you thought this thing was only "hot" on the outside then guess again. You might be wondering where the name "Double Huffer" comes from. Well the answer is tucked away under that flamed hood. This classic is now fitted with a 502 Big Block motor with twin Paxton Superchargers. That's right, twin superchargers! They are blowing into a modified Paxton Air Box to send air supply to the 850 cfm Holley double pumper and trunk mounted Nitrous system. If you thought you were going to get attention just pulling up, wait until you pop the hood. There is chrome and polished components everywhere you look. The engine compartment has been smoothed and features hand made components throughout. The car sounds awesome thanks to the "Doug's Headers" combined with electric cutouts and Flowmaster mufflers. The motor produces a lot of power and transfers that through the 4L80E automatic transmission with shift kit to the Ford 9 inch posi rear end with 3.70-1 gears. The rear also has 31 spline Dutchman axles. This would be a blast to cruise around in and thanks to the AC, power steering and power brakes you can do that comfortably. It is a heavy duty IFS rack & pinion steering and the brakes feature 11 inch discs up front. The car sits on a Jim Meyer Racing chassis and the undercarriage looks just as clean as the rest. It was fully powder coated in Sparkle Silver metallic and clear coated. The entire floor from the firewall through to the trunk was replaced with hand formed heavy gauged steel with a slightly different contour. The car has a 4 bar rear suspension with tubular A arms up front as well as coil over springs and shocks.
With that exterior and drivetrain you can bet they sought after an interior that would be on the same level. Well the man for the job was Ron "The Stitches" Mangus out of Bloomington, California. Mangus is well known throughout the industry for his extremely high level quality of work and his work has won numerous awards. In fact, he is so good at his craft that he teaches upholstery classes and has books out there dedicated entirely to his work. This '56 was featured in the Ron Mangus' Custom Hot Rod Interior Series highlighting the designs he applied to various tri-fives throughout his career. The interior is finished out in a two tone Black & Gray leather that is in excellent condition. The dash features custom Billet trim across its entire length and has been modified to house White Millennium VDO gauges. The custom made steel center console was formed to hide away wiring and air vents while looking good and running the entirely length of the inside. It mates up to the lower portion of the dash and flows all the way back between the rear seats. The front and rear buckets were custom designed by Mangus and are power adjustable. The Alpine stereo, AC, power seat, and power window controls as well as the shifter are controlled from the console. All of those controls are housed in a custom formed polished out panel. Not only are the standard side windows power controlled but even the vent windows are power. The polished tilt column is easily adjustable and is topped off with a custom leather wrapped steering wheel. Everywhere you look on the car there is something to point out. Even things you would think are relatively simple like the door panels and door handles are custom designed and created.
This is one of those cars where there is no question that some sort of highlight or feature has been left out. It is over the top and has so many well thought out aspects to it that there really is no way to replicate it. This car is going to be bringing home "Best of" trophies for many many years to come. It has been featured in many magazines and comes with binders full of build pictures and receipts.
You couldn't come close to building this custom '56 for $149,500.00!
NOW REDUCED DOWN TO $139,500.00!