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Your Ride: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

Jeff Perez

No doubt about it, the Chevy Bel Air is an American icon. And having featured a similar ’56 Bel Air only a few weeks back, it’s plain to see that the classic is a huge hit with collectors and our fans alike.

This time, it sits pretty in the garage of one of our reader’s Jeff. With a handsome blue/white exterior, and a classic interior to match, this Bel Air is just one of many very special rides still out on the road today. Here’s the full story:

Bel Air

How did you acquire your ride?

I bought my ’56 Chevy Bel Air 29 years ago at the age of 15. My dad and I restored it and had it ready for my 16th birthday and my driver’s license. I drove it as an everyday driver for many years.

What drew you to it when you bought it?

I was looking for a trifive Chevy after watching the movie American Graffiti as a child and building trifive models with my dad. Once I saw the car and it was a solid car that I knew I could drive without a lot of work, I knew it had to me mine.

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Does it have a name?

I just call my “Old Bel Air”

What do you feel like when you drive it?

It is a great feeling to drive the car. It makes me feel proud of all the hard work that has went into the car, whether it was 29 years ago when I first built it with my dad or the last 8 years as it went through a total frame off rebuild with the help of my dad and my son. I feel like I’m 16 all over again!

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What you would change about your car, if anything?

I wouldn’t change a thing!! After an 8 year rebuild I had plenty of time to think, plan and build it the way I wanted.

What have you done to make it a bolder ride?

The car was built to resemble a modern Late 60′s hotrod. All the parts could have been from that time era, from the ’68 GTO bucket seats to the ’56 Cadillac air cleaner. It was a reverse color scheme and the custom 2 tone interior. The firewall has been smoothed and all the wiring has been hidden. The trunk has custom panels to finish off the back.

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Dream accessory for it and why?

Everything I could dream on the car is on the car!

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