1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe - $69,900
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From the sizzling Millennium Yellow paint to the potent LS1 V8 to the grippy suspension, it’s right in every way that matters.

Documented high-end build. LS1 V8, 5-speed, full Global West suspension with Panhard, 4-wheel disc, ice cold A/C. Stunning paint and bodywork, beautiful stock-style interior with upgraded gauges. 707 miles on the build. Ready to rock!

We’ll let you know up front that we love this car. Everything about it is just the way we’d do it if we were building one for ourselves. From the sizzling Millennium Yellow paint to the potent LS1 V8 to the grippy suspension, it’s right in every way that matters. There’s extensive documentation showing a plain Jane 6-cylinder 2-door being stripped bare and rebuilt from there. No rust issues and since it was a 6-cylinder, it wasn’t abused or twisted. The results are simply stunning, with laser-straight bodywork, excellent panel fit, even gaps, and a finish that’s a mile deep. The color is Millennium yellow from a 2000 Corvette, and that seems fitting since there’s a lot of Corvette DNA built into this Bel Air. All the original trim remains intact, so it doesn’t look like some kind of half-finished ‘80s leftover, and it was all refinished to show standards. That means beautiful chrome bumpers, a slash of polished stainless along the flanks, and those awesome taillights. The anodized grille is in beautiful shape and all the emblems and lenses were replaced with quality reproductions. I mean, someone was really sweating the details on this one.

The interior sticks to the factor formula as well, including bench seats, an original steering wheel, and original dash and switchgear. Sure, that charcoal upholstery is a little more modern than 1962, but the patterns are correct and it works extremely well with the yellow paint. The original dash was retained, although the original warning lights were replaced with Auto Meter gauges monitoring oil pressure, water temperature, and fuel level. There’s also a tach under the dash that looks suitably vintage. Vintage Air supplied the A/C system that stays mostly out of sight under the dash and is managed by the original controls. Other goodies include a tilt steering column, a digital AM/FM/iPod stereo, and that cool Hurst shifter for the 5-speed manual transmission. The back seat is big enough for real adults, and the trunk will easily carry all your gear on a cross-country cruise.

But the real reason we love this car is under the skin, where it has been extensively upgraded. In front there’s a Corvette LS1 V8, whose legendary performance and durability make it a preferred choice in today’s builds. It’s mostly stock, so it runs superbly—easy starts, perfect idle, and a wide powerband that never feels like it’s working very hard. A few chrome dress-up parts work well with the Corvette-branded coil covers and a giant aluminum radiator with electric fan keeps it cool under any circumstances. Underneath there’s a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission spinning a custom-built Ford 9-inch rear end with 4.11 gears on a Posi limited slip. The transmission’s deep overdrive makes it a superlative highway cruiser but the 4.11 gears ensure that it’s nasty fast on the street. Hooking it up is a full Global West suspension, including custom tubular control arms, rack-and-pinion steering, fat sway bars, and a Panhard rod setup to locate the rear axle. This doesn’t feel like a full-sized luxury car anymore! There’s also a big disc brake at each corner because this car gathers speed far extremely well, as well as a great-sounding custom dual exhaust system that was coated black to help it blend in. Staggered Coys wheels measure 17x8 up front and 18x10 in back and carry 245/45/17 and 275/40/18 performance radials, respectively.

Documentation is extensive, with a thick binder full of restoration photos, receipts, and manuals. The original owner’s manual is also included.

This car is just incredible from any angle. It has all the features you want, it is bulletproof reliable, it drives like a new Camaro, and it’s seriously quick. A no-compromises resto-mod that gets the balance exactly right. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe
Price: $69,900
Stock Number: 118122
Odometer Reading: 707 (since built)
VIN: 21511T279076
Engine: 5.7 liter LS1 V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.10
Wheelbase: 119 inches
Wheels: Front: 17x8, Rear: 18x10 Coys wheels
Tires: Front: 245/45/17, Rear: 275/40/18 performance radials
Exterior Color: Milennium Yellow
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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