1934 Chevrolet 3-Window Coupe - $67,900
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Instead of basic Chevrolet transportation, it takes on a fantastic long hood/short deck look of the great Classics of the 1930s, a look that emphasizes speed and power.

Three-window coupes with big motors are nothing new, but we'll wager that you took one look at this incredible 1934 Chevy 3-window coupe, then did a double-take. This is no garden-variety coupe. No, this is a pro-built car with a six-inch wheelbase stretch to give it awesome proportions and a thundering 502 cubic inch big block to make it need all that tire out back. From the miles-deep paint to the custom interior with matching ultra-leather hides, this car is show quality throughout. And if you like to drive, well you're in luck, because it's also totally sorted, insanely fast, and bulletproof reliable. This is one rod that really does do it all.

Built by noted fabricator Gary White, this 1934 Chevrolet was based on a Down's body and Pro-Street chassis. It was built for a lawyer who was one of those guys who claimed he wanted a BIG engine. Well, Gary obliged him and stuffed this coupe full of 1100 horsepower. Like most guys who make such demands, the lawyer recanted and realized that it was just too much car for him, so it went on the market instead. The guy who bought it saw the potential and agreed that an 1100 horsepower engine on the street wasn't really practical, so he tore the car apart and started all over. For the most part, the bones were excellent (Gary White is no amateur) so the car was merely tweaked and updated rather than rebuilt. The spectacular bodywork needed no assistance, with deep, dark Indigo Purple paint from Sherwin Williams that looks like a million bucks. The fiberglass had been expertly prepped and the gaps were tight enough to slide a piece of paper between them, but not much else. But it was kind of plain, so they added traditional flames licking across the hood and doors. You'll note that the hood is a highly modified steel piece that opens from the top and offers cut-outs for the headers that wrap into the front fenders—very cool. It was also lengthened six inches, a real trick in itself, which gives the Chevy a dramatically different look in profile. Instead of basic Chevrolet transportation, it takes on a fantastic long hood/short deck look of the great Classics of the 1930s, a look that emphasizes speed and power. Other body mods include rear fenders that tuck under the bodywork to provide a little protection for the ultra-wide rear tires, Frenched LED taillights, a flip-up rear license plate bracket, and a billet grille to give it a smooth look. This is one Chevy that's going to stand out anywhere you take it.

The original interior was a little dated, so they had a special batch of ultra-leather created that exactly matches the paint. It's hard to get the colors exactly right in photos, but in person, it's not only the same color but there's also a hint of metallic that makes it glow like the paint. It's extremely impressive. All that ultra-leather was wrapped around a TEA's Design bench seat that does a pretty good impersonation of a pair of buckets with a fold-down armrest between them. Custom door panels were created just for this car and include latch hardware that make it easy to get in and out. A center console was fabricated and holds the Lokar shifter as well as controls for the power windows and trunk and the AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo head unit. A full complement of Auto Meter gauges monitor the big block up front and the monster tach was neatly recessed into the dash for a very unique look. One particular detail that immediately jumps out is the custom floor mats with billet scuff plates, a great solution to the problem that goes in a very different direction. There's also a tilt steering column, a custom wheel wrapped in purple leather, and a trick B&M shifter that manages the reverse manual valve body TH400 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. The power windows motor up and down quickly and easily, there's a ton of sound-deadening materials inside so it's always comfortable, and with the wheelbase stretch, there's plenty of legroom for even very tall drivers. The trunk ism ostly full of wheel wells and fuel cell, but it's beautifully finished with a custom embroidered logo of the car itself and a small access panel for refueling.

As much as we all dream of 1100 horsepower cars we can drive every day, they're usually just not practical. However, we're quite confident you'll be more than satisfied by thundering 502 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 living under the hood today. It's an easy fit with the extra length up front, so the firewall wasn't radically cut. For reliability, they didn't modify the crate motor's internals (550 horsepower should be plenty, no?) but they did dress it for show, starting with that incredible Speedway Motors "shotgun" hood scoop up top, and yes, it does move with the throttle. In fact, almost everything on top of the motor is polished or plated, including the alternator, valve covers, and intake manifold. A Mallory ignition system lights it up and there's a big Barry Grant-prepped Holley 850 double-pumper up top that provides easy street manners and razor-sharp throttle response. Yes, it's got the firepower to need those big tires, but it's never grumpy or difficult to drive and that's no small feat.

The chassis is a Down's Pro-Street piece built from rectangular steel tubing for a rock-solid foundation. The front suspension is polished stainless A-arms and coil-overs, plus a TCI rack-and-pinion steering unit that gives the coupe great reflexes on the street and feels quite natural to drive. There are custom tubular mounts for the transmission and a built-in driveshaft loop that also reinforces the chassis. Long-tube headers extend outside the chassis and run into a set of Borla polished stainless mufflers and oval exhaust tips under the running boards—again, aggressive but easy to live with on the street. The aforementioned TH400 3-speed automatic feeds a custom driveshaft and a narrowed Currie 9-inch rear end with 4.33 gears inside. Wilwood supplied disc brakes for all four corners and a custom 4-link with coil-overs and a race-style sway bar holds up the rear end. Reliability upgrades include a transmission cooler, an overkill fuel system designed to feed that 1100-horsepower monster motor, and grade 8 hardware throughout. It's also beautifully finished for show, with most of the chassis wearing the same Indigo Purple paint that the body wears, and anything that wasn't painted was either polished or plated to really show off the hardware. It comes by its Pro-Street name honestly, too, thanks to big-n-little Billet Specialties wheels wearing 25x7.50R15 front and 31x18.50R15 rear Hoosier performance radials.

This is a stunning car and you don't even have to be behind the wheel to see it. We have build photos showing the entire process and there are no shortcuts and no expense was spared. It's a magazine feature car and uses the very best components throughout. There's big, reliable power that's also comfortable enough to make this a legitimate Power Tour candidate. In short, a rod that does everything well, including act like a hot rod. After all, isn't going insanely fast the whole point?

Vehicle: 1934 Chevrolet 3-Window Coupe
Price: $67,900
Stock Number: 114068
Mileage: 4517
VIN: 1766
Engine: 502 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 4.33
Wheelbase: 117 inches
Wheels: Front: 15x6, rear 15x18 Billet Specialties
Tires: Front: 25x7.50R15, Rear: 31x18.50R15 Hoosier radial
Exterior Color: Indigo Pearl
Interior Color: Indigo Ultra-Leather
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