There’s something about patina that is undeniably cool. We aren’t talking about patina artificially manufactured in a spray booth, but the honest kind; earned from years weathering the elements, and hundreds of thousands of miles of highway abuse –yeah, ‘that’ patina. What you see here is the genuine article.
This ’56 Chevy, built by Retro Designs Speed & Custom and Chevrolet Performances hot rodding and racing arm, The Block,” has been dubbed Boosted Bela and packs patina fresh from the Memphis, Tennessee field it was found in.
While the car’s distinct look may deter some, step within 10-feet of the car and you will find something that draws your eye. Whether it’s the Chevrolet Performance Connect & Cruise LS3 crate engine under the hood – or where the hood would be if the car had one – or the Vortech supercharger which feeds compressed air into a genuine COPO intake manifold, there is something for everyone incorporated into this build. Those engine components aren’t just for show, either, the car pumps out a verified 646-horsepower and 646 lb-ft of torque!
Still not impressed? Maybe the hand-carved brass trim pieces, such as the window cranks and door lock will make an impression. But, if at long last, you are still a non-believer, journey by the Mobil 1 booth where the car is parked, and let the olfactory goodness of the fresh Harvest Orange and Tobacco Brown leather overwhelm your senses.
We caught up with the man behind that amazing interior, Steve Kurzman of The Custom Stitching Co., to learn a little more about the car. Watch the video, check out the gallery, and take in this awesome Tri-Five.