Unveiling Limetime: A $350K Custom Build

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is not just a classic car; it’s a masterpiece that has undergone a meticulous transformation at Graham’s Bel Air Hot Rod Shop in Fresno, California. This awe-inspiring custom build is a fusion of vintage allure and cutting-edge technology, designed to captivate crowds and claim prestigious trophies.

The California Roots

Originating as a solid California car, the Bel Air became a canvas for customization, embarking on a journey that spared no expense. With a whopping $350K investment and thousands of labor hours, this classic underwent a transformation that redefined automotive craftsmanship.

House Of Kolor Limetime Magic

During the comprehensive build, the car’s clean body was stripped down, meticulously massaged, and coated in a liquid-smooth layer of House Of Kolor Limetime 2-stage paint. The pearl pigment, skillfully applied by Vicente Gonzales of Fab-Worx in Madera, California, underwent a perfectionist’s touch, resulting in a top-to-bottom polished finish.

Performance Redefined

Beneath the hood lies a powerhouse – an LS3 small block engine tweaked to deliver a formidable 550 horsepower. Paired with a 4L65E 4-speed and a custom Arizona Driveshaft, the Bel Air boasts a 10-bolt axle, complete with 3.55 gears and a posi-traction differential. The Jim Meyer Racing 4-link and front-clip, combined with QA-1 coil-overs, ensure a sturdy and responsive ride.

Precision in Every Detail

The Jim Meyer Racing front-clip integrates power rack-and-pinion steering, tubular control arms, and adjustable QA-1 coil-overs. Quick stops are guaranteed by Wilwood DynaPro calipers and 12-inch drilled and slotted rotors. The 17-inch Budnik Gassers, coupled with BF Goodrich g-Force Sports, provide both style and performance.

Appraised Excellence: $265K in January 2016

In January 2016, this remarkable custom creation was professionally appraised at a staggering $265K, affirming its status as a sought-after gem in the automotive world.

Driving Dreams: The Envy of Every Gearhead

Owning such a professionally customized classic is the dream of every gearhead. Being lauded by established automotive organizations adds a layer of prestige that elevates the entire experience.


In the realm of classic cars, the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air stands as an icon of timeless beauty and modern innovation. From its roots in California to the expert hands of Graham’s Bel Air Hot Rod Shop, every detail of this $350K build speaks volumes about passion, craftsmanship, and a commitment to excellence.