This heavily customized 1957 Chevy Bel Air is probably the most desirable classic car in American history. 1957 marked perhaps the finest year of American car design. I encountered this car on one of my trips from Phoenicia to Margaretville, a truly breathtaking trip through the Catskills.
This baby is so altered from the original design that you might want to quarrel with the owner. He’s chopped up a brilliant design, changed the look of the front grille, and added a ramjet to the hood. Flaming the front end certainly adds a touch of drama.
The rat emblem on the side advertises the 427 cubic inch V8 powerhouse, another custom touch. In combination with the flames along the front quarter panels, the emblem is a tip of the hat to the dragster art pioneered by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.
I’d sure like to take this rod for a ride.