It has been my contention for a few years that the market for 4-door cars from the 40s and 50s will start to dramatically increase soon. Hear me out on this one. For as long as people have been modifying or hot-rodding cars, 2-door models have been sought after projects. Millions and millions of 2-doors have been purchased, restored, modified, and have always been more valuable than the same car as a 4-door version. When you look at a mid-century 4-door car though, they aren’t any larger (in some cases they’re smaller) than 2-door muscle cars that are so hot. Case in point: The 1970 Chevelle LS6. The “granddaddy” of muscle cars with the most powerful production engine of the era. Did you know that the dimensions for the 1970 Chevelle and the car pictured above are nearly identical? In fact, the 4-door 1957 Chevy measures smaller in both length and width with only the weight being slightly more (51 lbs.)* than the Chevelle! Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. You wouldn’t want to ruin a “4-door haters” day. With that in mind, how ’bout a cool hot rod/rat rod project made from a 4-door Chevy?! This one can be found for sale here on 500ClassicAuto.com with an asking price of only $4,200. Try getting a solid ’70 Chevelle for that price!
The engine is a 283 cubic inch V8 backed by a Powerglide transmission. The ad says the engine is not original to the car and smokes. That sounds like the perfect opportunity to do an engine swap. How about a big-block Chevy V8 or a modern LS engine?
The car features its original coral and white paint with black and silver interior. There are certainly a lot of things that need to be done to this car, but it seems like a good project car. There are a few rust issues that need addressing along with some mechanical issues.
Here you can see how classy the lines are even for a 4-door. I’ve even seen some people shave the rear door handles on these cars, which makes them appear to be 2-doors. So did I win you over with my argument? Did I just turn the market for 4-door cars? Probably not, but hopefully these more-door “two-many-door” cars won’t be neglected as much in the future. What do you think?
*Measurements for the Bel Air came from automobile-catalog.com and the Chevelle specs. came from chevellestuff.net.