Monday, 19 October 2015

'57 Frankenstein Bel Air

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The misspelling of 'Frankenstein' on the sides of this 1957 Chevy is no doubt deliberate - a Bel Air gasser, built to evoke the spirit of 1960s drag racing excess, it keenly highlights the bullish, in-your-face nature of the outrageous sub-genre. And if you've got a problem with that, you'd better take it up with owner Simon Devos on the strip.
Built up from a nearly-dead shell, badly twisted and with no floors, it's had a thorough rebuild to get everything straight and solid. With the base firmed up, it received a 460ci Ford V8, 12-bolt rear, coilovers and long ladders, and all sorts of ingenious ingredients to justify its name: a Transit front beam on Land Rover leafs, a Landie steering box with Zephyr steering column... a real mixed bag which all coalesces to form something utterly brilliant.
And yes, Frankenstein was the creator, not the monster. But that sort of pedantry will get you nowhere on the quarter-mile.

Spotted at the 2015 Goodwood Revival - more photos here.

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