1936 Chevrolet Master Streetrod
If you're not a pre-war fan, you're really missing out on some cool cars. This very sleek 1936 Chevrolet 2-door sedan is a very stylish product of the Art-Deco 1930s and offers plenty of interior room, a punchy V8 powerplant, and subtle paint that's as contemporary as it is traditional. There probably won't be many of these at the shows you go to, but you have to wonder why, because this is one great-looking car. The sleek, rounded bodywork is all OEM steel save for the fiberglass running boards and fenders with built-in headlights, and the clean shape is only enhanced by the low-key cream paint. Fit and finish are good for a car that was built to drive, with great gaps, a tight-fitting hood, and doors that close with confidence. And while a lot of the trim was shaved or painted to match the body, the most interesting parts remain, including the tall, narrow grille, high-mounted taillights, as well as the cool side vents on the hood that totally make the car's look. There are also neat custom bumpers front and rear which really nail the creativity behind the hot rod movement. There are details on this rod that are very innovative. The yellow finish makes you think soft and lethargic, but the gorgeous two-tone interior in this Chevy is anything but mellow. The neatly upholstered bucket seats look racy, almost as if they belong in a sports car, and there's a minimalist look that we like a lot. Simple gray carpets and black door panels with some artful sculpting make the car feel very upscale inside. A full set of custom VDO gauges reinforce the racy look. An AM/FM/CD stereo system has been cleanly built into the center of the dash, right below the controls for the A/C system. The tilt column and three-spoke wheel give it a very modern feel without losing the vintage look. In back you'll find plenty of room for two passengers, maybe three in a pinch. There's also a good-sized trunk that'll handle all your gear for a nice road trip. The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 that's dressed in lots of chrome and billet aluminum, from the finned air cleaner and valve covers to the block-hugging accessory drive. With four-bolt mains, it's robust and it's a very strong runner thanks to an upgraded cam, Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, HEI ignition, and a medium-rise intake manifold. It makes around 300 horsepower, which is plenty to make this car a lot of fun to drive, especially with a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission behind it. The front suspension is a Mustang II independent setup with tubular A-arms, rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes, while a Monte Carlo rear with disc brakes on the ends inside hangs on standard leaf springs. The exhaust is a full custom setup with both mufflers and resonators with polished tips and the stance is just about perfect. Torque Thrust wheels glitter against the soft yellow paint and are fitted with 205/75/15 Uniroyal radials that really stuff the fat fenders. This is a very robust build that's different enough to stand out and driven enough to be fully sorted. Who knew the '30s could be so fun? Call today!