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Win This 409-powered 1955 Chevy at Mecum and Rule!

John Gilbert Oct 7, 2015
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In a collection of three Road Tour cars, Street Rodder’s 409-powered 1955 Chevy Road Tour car is going to cross the block at the Mecum auction in Anaheim, California, on November 12-14, 2015.

Every year for the last twenty years the editors at Street Rodder have organized the Road Tour a family type occasion that starts at an automotive oriented event and then spends a week on the highways of America visiting shops, museums, private car collections and specialty equipment manufacturers.

1955 Chevy Street Rodder Road Tour Mecum Autocross 2/6

To build the car, Street Rodder commissioned one of the best shops in the country to construct a new Road Tour car from the ground up. Using advertiser’s products, the idea is to prove the safety and reliability of the manufacturer’s involved, parts. A true trial-by-fire, there’s no better way to sort out a freshly completed car than to put a ton of miles on it in a very short time. By the end of the summer, the Road Tour cars rack up around 20,000 miles!

Custom built by Woody’s Hot Rodz for Street Rodder magazine’s 2011 Amsoil sponsored Road Tour, the foundation for this one-off 1955 Chevy 210 two-door coupe is an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis outfitted with all the right stuff.

1955 Chevy Street Rodder Road Tour Mecum Steering Rack 3/6

The box-railed Morrison GT Sport frame features heavy-duty tubular front A-arms and a Strange Engineering triangulated 4-link rearend with Strange springs and coilovers. A Flaming River rack-and-pinion steering and Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes are teamed with powder-coated Wheel Vintiques alloy wheels mounted in Nitto rubber to give the 210 the perfect stance.

1955 Chevy Street Rodder Road Tour Mecum 409 Engine 4/6

Under the ‘55’s hood beats the heart of a genuine 409 Chevy engine built by Shaver Specialties Racing Engines. Punched out to 474ci, the W motor now produces 551 hp at 6,000 rpm and 575 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. The automatic overdrive transmission, built to handle the 551 hp engine, is a bulletproof Gearstar Level 3 200-4R connected to a Strange 9-inch rearend packing 3.70 gears with a posi. For rear suspension and stopping power, Strange Engineering coilover shocks and Wilwood disc brakes handle the task.

The dead-sharp pure black color of the Road Tour ’55 Chevy started with a PPG black basecoat and then, after the flames by Josh Shaw were laid, several wet coats of PPG Vibrance clear completed the topcoat. Shaw then came back in and pulled period correct pinstripes.

1955 Chevy Street Rodder Road Tour Mecum Interior 5/6

Looking inside, the Road Tour ‘55’s interior done by Baldwin of Woody’s Custom Upholstery is a who’s who of major brand-name accessories. The list starts with Dynamat, Danchuk, Dakota Digital, Flaming River, Vintage Air, Wise Guys Seats and a Painless wiring harness along with an Optima battery in an Eddie Motorsports billet aluminum battery tray work together to make the electricity flow.

It’s not very often one of Street Rodder’s custom built Road Tour cars come up for sale, so seeing a collection of three Road Tour cars all cross the block this coming November in Anaheim at the Mecum auction will be a real treat.

1955 Chevy Street Rodder Road Tour Mecum Rear Driver Side 6/6

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