- GM LS1 V8 / 345 horsepower
- Modified suspension / Ridetech air ride system
- All-steel body
- Custom Autosound audio
- GM 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
- Power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Leather interior
- 10-bolt rear end
- 18-inch Billet Specialties wheels
- Air conditioning
I know what you’re thinking… You glanced at the picture of this classy coupe and immediately thought it was just another really nice fiberglass Ford that was built for a laid-back car guy and ranks of lazy summer car shows. It’s okay. Really… Since we’ve all probably seen a hundred 30-something Fords for every one of these Chevys it has, until now, become very difficult to think outside the box. Built for the enthusiast who wants to expand his mind past the ‘ordinary’ shapes of Ford street rods, and their tongue-in-cheek Chevrolet powerplants, this stunning Master Deluxe features an all-steel body and brilliant red paint that’ll be right at home at any car show. AND, thanks to its proven LS1 and comfortable leather interior, it’ll also make the perfect companion for cross-country road trips. If you’re in the market for something that’s a bit different than the typical, run-of-the-mill street rod, this awesome bowtie is a fantastic choice!
This hot coupe’s smooth and solid body lived most of its life as a top-of-the-line Master Deluxe that stayed free of accidents and catastrophic damage for over 70 years. Not long ago the pros at Colona, Illinois’ D&H Body Shop executed a complete, frame-off restoration that transformed the car into a stylish cruiser. And today, displaying virtually no major imperfections, this sweet 5-window is a banner showpiece that celebrates the integrity of Chevrolet’s high quality products via eight decades of carefully calculated care!
When you’re at a street rod show amid the sea of brightly colored, over-the-top creations, it’s easy to ask yourself: “Was Ford the only manufacturer of pre-war American classics?” And then, seemingly out of nowhere, a well-done Chevrolet rolls through and quells any doubts about the segment’s apparent lack of variety. Wrapping a unique profile in clean trim and top notch detailing, this awesome coupe is a cool custom that can be driven cross-country OR displayed on the local show field. At the front of its body, a polished grille hangs between a streamlined hood topper, body-matched headlights and a smooth bumper. Behind that grille, a louvered hood flows to smoked glass that’s cleared by small, mirrored windshield wipers. Below that glass, small mirrors and chrome door handles accent a clean and simple profile. And at the back of that profile, LED taillights and a chrome trunk handle frame a second bumper and big stainless exhaust tips.
Take a gander under the car’s hinged steel hood and you’ll find out exactly where tradition ends and muscle begins! Designed and assembled by the experts at General Motors, this coupe’s 5.7 liter LS1 Corvette engine creates a stout 345 horsepower and 350 lb./ft. of dust-swirling torque. Utilizing aluminum construction, flat-top pistons and coil-near-plug ignition, that efficient mill delivers pavement-blistering performance while idling like a commuter car and pulling impressive highway fuel mileage! Aesthetically, GM’s familiar fuel rail covers are present and accounted for. Under those covers, a reusable filter element feeds a factory GM intake through what appears to be a factory throttle body. The engine’s born-on serpentine system spins a common alternator opposite functional air conditioning. There’s a beefy aluminum radiator that keeps everything cool and calm. Packard plug wires and ceramic-coated manifolds combine with trick dipsticks and braided fluid lines to add choice detail. And, being sourced from a C5 that only had 20K miles on its odometer, the smooth small block has barely been broken in.
Underneath this cool cruiser you’ll find a modern chassis that’s fully sorted and ready to hit the road. At the center of that chassis, a tough 4-speed automatic transmission, which appears to be a 4L60E unit sourced from a GM truck, spins a familiar 10-bolt rear end that’s stuffed with mild gears. At the front of that transmission, a Heidts-style double A-arm suspension is augmented by Ridetech adjustable air ride. Opposite that suspension, the same Ridetech system supplements a triangulated 4-bar rear half. At the corners of those parts, power-assisted discs and drums provide quick and reliable stops. A subdued soundtrack is created by a 2.5-inch, true-dual exhaust system, which features gnarly, glasspack-style mufflers. Power flows to the pavement through a sweet set of 18-inch Billet Specialties wheels, which spin 225/40 Kuhmo Ecstas in front of 245/45 Kuhmo Ecstas. And everything under this Chevy’s Rhino-Lined floors, from its beefy sway bar to its giant fuel tank, is clean, solid and fully functional.
Unlatch this Master’s solid-closing doors and you’ll find a comfortable leather interior that’s one of the main highlights of the car. Front and center, a plush power seat is perched on high quality carpet that’s protected by piped and color-matched floor mats. In front of that seat, a red, billet-trimmed dash frames Custom Autosound audio, modern air conditioning and controls for the Ridetech air ride with stylish Auto Meter telemetry. At the sides of that dash, sculpted door panels and body–matched toppers blend well with Fusion kick speakers and traditional chrome handles. Above those panels, a custom headliner seats chrome courtesy lamps behind a simple rearview mirror. In front of the driver, a tilting column makes the most of a polished and half-wrapped steering wheel. And behind the passengers, a sizeable trunk, which has been upholstered to match the aforementioned cockpit, features a Custom Autosound 10-disc CD changer.
The sale of this all-steel street rod includes component manuals for its Custom Autosound audio system.
Professionally built at a cost that likely doubles our asking price, this slick Chevy is simply spectacular in person! It combines top notch craftsmanship with a whole roster of fully sorted performance hardware that’s ready to hit the road tomorrow. If you’re the kind of guy who likes to buck fashion trends, especially at a traditional, brand-dominated gathering, this well-tailored bowtie is certain to spice up your next outing!