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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Restomod Packs Ferrari Daytona Leather Seats, LS3 V8

Swapping a period-correct Chevy V8 with something from the LS family isn’t all that uncommon if we’re talking all things Chevelle. This particular example of the breed – a 1970 model – sweetens the deal with a more aggressive camshaft and a Borla exhaust system from Goolsby Customs.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats 37 photos
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS3 V8 restomod with Ferrari Daytona-like leather seats
But wait, there’s more! The crate motor from Pace Performance now sits in a shaved and smoothed engine bay, and the suck-squeeze-bang-blow is channeled to the Ford rear end by a Tremec T56 manual transmission. The 9.0-inch axle features a limited-slip differential and 3:73.1 gearing.

The frame of the 1970 Chevelle has been sandblasted and powdercoated, leaving no spot untouched. “Nearly $300k were spent to overhaul the car” according to the listing on Bring a Trailer, which is a mind-boggling amount of greenback considering the donor vehicle’s $3,500 purchase price.

The LS3 small-block V8 and transmission alone retailed at $12,249 while the drive system and serpentine kit added $2,595 and $1,157 to the tally. The charge sheet totals 2,356 hours of labor, translating to $193,775 while the parts boil down to $85,270. Moving on to the aesthetics, the exterior of the car if definitely nice but the interior hides a rather interesting surprise.

As the title implies, the seller went for “Ferrari Daytona-style leather upholstery” and a combination of tan with black. The Bowler shift knob complements a Billet Specialties three-spoke steering wheel painted black and gifted with perforated leather on the rim. At the time of writing this story, the car shows under 7,000 miles on the odometer and a highest bid of $32,000.

Don’t get your hopes up this fellow here will sell for peanuts. Having invested so much money into restomodding the Chevelle to perfection, the seller won’t lower the reserved nor will he settle for less than whatever the reserve is. About that, the listing doesn’t mention it for obvious reasons.

On an ending note, would you pony up $300,000 for such a comprehensive build or would you like to get your own project car and perform the restomod to your liking? The “built not bought” crowd need not answer.

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