Newstalgia Motors Presents Car No. 00227:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Bad to the Blue Show Car

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Bad to the Blue Show Car

This car has found a new home!
However, we'd be happy to locate another one just for you.

Locate One Now! is delighted to offer this multiple award winning 1957 Chevy Bel Air that was built by Mitch Kelly and his team from Kelly & Son Crazy Painters in Bellflower, California. This spectacular Bell Air show piece, named "Bad to the Blue", was built for an unveiling at the 2012 SEMA Show and a one year tour across the country. Since its debut, it has won a long list of many high ranking awards such as Goodguys "Builders Choice" in Scottsdale 2013 and "Custom Rod of The Year" finalist, "Outstanding Paint" at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show, and a HUGE hit at the recent 2013 SEMA Show showcasing in the Danchuck Manufacturing booth. The car was also recently featured in a spread of HOT ROD Magazine in their second running of the HOT ROD Flog Test showcasing the Bel Air's "go power" as well as its "show power" on the drag strip, road course, slalom, and skidpad. Absolutely every single thing on this '57 Bel Air you could imagine to paint is custom painted; from the wheels, undercarriage, rear end, tranny, engine, engine bay, the interior, everything in Mitch's signature Blue Heaven Candy and Black vibrant hues.


The finish on this Bel Air is simply as good as it gets with its Custom Blue Heaven Candy to Black fade paint and graphics that are not quite traditional flames or tribal. $35,000 was spent on the paint alone garnering the Best Paint award at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show.

The Custom Blue Leather interior incorporates buckets within a bench front and rear seating along with beautifully sculpted door and side panels. The dash remains simple with stock '57 Chevy triple gauge dash pod enhanced by Dakota Digital's VHX Series Blue accented Carbon Fiber instrumentation. A matching Dakota VLK Series Digital Clock module keeps track of speed, tach, oil PSI, water temp, fuel level, voltage, and other data. A Vintage Air A/C, heat and defrost system keeps track of the comfort level. A 1000 watt Kicker stereo with iPod connection manages the tunes.

Engine and Driveline
The gleaming engine compartment features a Custom built firewall by Hot Rod Dynamics; Eddie Motorsports polished billet aluminum hood hinges, hood brace, and latch along with a Matson aluminum radiator and condenser. The engine is a Pace Performance GMPP LS3 6.2L 525HP Crate Engine upgraded with an aggressive racing-derived ASA camshaft. This hydraulic roller with .525-inch lift on both the intake and exhaust sides, along with 226 degrees duration on the intake side and 236 degrees on the exhaust side is coupled with a tight, 110-degree lobe separation angle, helping the engine deliver excellent throttle response at high rpm. Chevrolet Performance complements this high-performance camshaft with higher-rate valve springs. Exhaust is handled by CCP ceramic coated headers and a Borla ceramic coated exhaust system. Backing this LS high performance engine is a GM 4L70E Electronically Controlled 4-speed Overdrive transmission connected to a Custom carbon fiber driveshaft. A Currie 9" Ford differential brings up the rear. The all new suspension includes CPP front A-arms, a Custom TCI 4-Link setup in the rear and fully adjustable QA1 coilover shocks all around. CPP disc brakes with chrome calipers and 13" cross-drilled and slotted rotors get support from a Hydratech Braking Systems high performance hydraulic brake assist unit. A generous 29 gallon CPP aluminum fuel tank is used. All of this is sitting on a reinforced, smoothed out and painted seamless chassis directly from the factory in 1957.

Wheels and Tires
Custom made American Racing "Burnout" wheels 18" in front and 20" in rear on Toyo 250/40R18 and 315/35R20 tires provide the right stance.

Mitch has definitely hit the mark with "Bad to the Blue" when he set out to build his dream car that shows off the amazing talents of this painter and well-known trusted personality in the SEMA Show car circuit.

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