Owning a hot rod without being able to really enjoy it on the road is pointless. That’s why the crew at Art Morrison does what they do best, giving classic car owners the comfort and functionality of a modern performance car while maintaining the vehicle’s authentic old-school looks.
If you think hot rods really aren’t drivers cars, check out the video we found on YouTube from The Smoking Tire above for a look at the ‘55 Art Morrison Bel Air at the 2010 Woodland Hills, California Supercar Sunday. Not only is this bad boy fitted with 427 cubic inches of fun, it also features a full Art Morrison chassis that makes driving as smooth as butter, corners and all.
The ‘55 Bel Air was built by Craig Morrison of Art Morrison Enterprises. Not only is it gorgeous with its Subaru blue and Ford Wimbledon White paint job, the car also holds some performance secrets that all hot rod owners should know about.
In addition to the car’s 427cui small-block V8 engine, capable of throwing down 538 ponies, the Bel Air is equipped with a T56 six-speed manual transmission out of a Dodge Viper, complete with a dual-disc clutch, as well as an Art Morrison GT Sport Chassis.
The Art Morrison chassis consists of a full frame, independent front and solid-axel rear suspensions, complete with adjustable shocks and sway bars, and a full braking system.
This setup proves to work wonderfully for the car, surprising The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah at how well it handles canyon driving.
While ‘55 Chevys weren’t built to handle back in the day like performance cars do now, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for a classic to be just as enjoyable as their modern counterparts. Be sure to check out the amazing Art Morrison Bel Air and its impressive handling in the video above.