Art Morrison Enterprises 1955 Chevy 210 - The Art Of Handling

The Art Morrison Enterprises '55 210.

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I found the Art Morrison '55 extremely compliant, with good suspension travel and without the "leany" feel you can get with a softly-sprung suspension. The steering and brakes complemented this car quite well. Like other Morrison builds, this is an amazing car and if you want to have your own, definitely devote some research time here. -Mary Pozzi

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Driver's Impression-On the Street When your logbook is overflowing with superlatives, you have to tip your editorial cap to the builders, in this case Art Morrison, his son, Craig, and the crew at AME. It started with the overall comfort level, which I labeled, "sublime." In contrast to the Fatman Fabrications racecar-style throwback '57 we featured last month, the interior of AME '55 was anything but spartan. The ostrich print faux leather bucket seats, suede headliner, Grant wheel and perfect driving position put me in a good mood before I even started the engine. Once I turned the key things got even better.

Everything worked in perfect harmony. The steering was quick and precise, and the big '55 had a nice, tight turning radius. The McLeod dual-disc clutch, Viper six-speed and Hurst shifter were a match made in hot rod heaven, allowing snappy, accurate gear changes. Not surprisingly, horsepower and torque were abundant. Unlike those on some of our other Challenge entrants, the brakes were vice-free, with excellent pedal travel, modulation and whoa-power.

The word "harmony" could also be used to describe the way the suspension behaved. There was no nervousness, twitchiness or stutter. I went out of my way looking for broken pavement at El Toro and on the surface streets, yet still could not upset the chassis. The ride was firm, for sure, but firm like you'd find in a new Cadillac CTS-V.

The numbers in the spec box speak volumes, but you really have to drive this car to fully appreciate it. -Jim Campisano

Art Morrison Enterprises '55 210

Type: World Products Hardcore 454 small-block Chevy

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Block: iron
Heads/Fuel Delivery: World Products aluminum heads, 750 Holley carb, World Products single plane intake manifold and Holley fuel pump.

Keisler T56 Tremec six-speed
Clutch: McLeod
Rearend: Art Morrison 9-inch housing, Strange Engineering axles and third member with 3.70 gears and limited slip differential

Chassis & Suspension
Art Morrison GT 55 Sport Chassis
Front Suspension: Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) IFS
Steering: Rack-and-pinion, 15:1 ratio
Springs: 575-pound
Spindles: Wilwood Pro 2-inch drop
Shocks: Strange double adjustable
Sway Bar: 1 1/8-inch hollow 999-lb-inch per degree rate
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston, 13-inch drilled rotors
Rear Suspension: Art Morrison Triangulated 4-bar
Springs: 285 pounds
Shocks: Strange double adjustable
Sway Bar: 3/4-inch solid 283-lb-inch per degree rate
Brakes: Wilwood four-piston, 12-inch rotors
Cost Of Chassis & Suspension: $15,398

Wheels & Tires
Boyd Coddington Magneto, front 17x8, rear 18x10
Tires: Nitto NT05, front 255/40R17, rear 275/35R18

Total = 3,634
LF = 849 pounds RF = 966 pounds
LR = 959 pounds RR = 860 pounds
Front/Rear Balance Percentage
F = 49.9 R = 50.1


'55 210 '10 Camaro SS
Skidpad: 0.91g 0.91g
Slalom: 49.30 mph 47.7 mph
Autocross: 52.84 sec 53.28 sec




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