Video: A Blacked-Out Bel Air That Is Beastly Beneath

Taking an iconic ride from Chevrolet, our friends over at RK Motors Charlotte have a show-stopping creation on their hands. Fully customized and the recipient of a frame-off restoration, you really need to check out this 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air.1962-Chevrolet-Bel-Air_337463_low_res

Black is one color that never tires the eye or goes out of style, and with its elegance, this Bel Air excels in style, and is one solid design that needs no modifications. Doused in gorgeous Tuxedo Black paint, the Bel Air’s body lines easily stand out. With the body as straight as an arrow, every corner of this Bel Air is flawless. The paint shows no signs of orange peel, which helps the car’s mirror-like shine bring infinite beauty to this timeless classic.

Looking to have an identity of its own, the Bel Air has been lightly customized, sporting 427 cross-flags on the fenders to let everyone know this car is no joke beneath that hood.

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But what is actually lurking under the hood, is a 454 cubic-inch big-block V8 that cranks out more than 450 horsepower, with a trio of two-barrel Demon carburetors mimicking the look of a vintage, aftermarket tri-power set up. A pair of Sanderson headers are attached to the big-block to allow it to breathe easy.

The Chevy Orange block and heads make the engine very distinguishable within the Satin Black engine bay, especially with the other accessories being either chrome-plated or polished. There’s a Tapp aluminum radiator up front, with a mechanical fan housed in a polished shroud that provides sufficient cooling for the custom Bel Air.

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The beautiful Bel Air’s engine is supplemented with a Muncie four-speed manual transmission that allows the driver to bang through gears in a heartbeat. Underneath, the frame has been painted silver, making for a nice contrast below.

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Connected to the transmission is a 3.70-geared rear axle, which keeps everything under control, and the dual exhaust helps to expel an authoritative rumble from the big-block.

On each corner are 17-inch color-keyed American Racing rims that are wrapped with Nitto 225/50R17’s up front, and 255/50R17’s on the rear. Hiding behind the wheels is a Wilwood four-wheel disc brake system that stops the Bel Air on a dime.

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Heading inside, the GM Code 872 Red interior pops with its black on red hue, that makes for a deadly combination on this Bel Air. It is truly an aesthetic that is hard to replicate. There are also integrated auxiliary gauges courtesy of Classic Instruments, which are installed below the original speedometer. They actually look like they are a part of the original dash. A Moon tachometer is mounted on the steering column, and the traditional white Cue Ball shifter gives the car an old school feel, keeping the Bel Air from being classified as a modernized restomod.

A Hot Rod air conditioning system has been integrated, hiding in a low-profile housing just under the dash. With all this car has to offer, what would there be left to do?

Is there anything that you would change, or is this car done exactly the way you would do it? Let us know in our comments section below.

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nicaguon

Nic Aguon is a graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communications and holds a passion for sleek and unique automobiles. Serving as a Staff Writer for multiple publications at Power Automedia, Nic pledges to bring readers clean and concise storytelling that hits the nail right on the head. A jack of all trades, his interests range from imports to American muscle, hot rods, and Kustoms.
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