1966 Chevrolet Chevelle by Kent Matranga
Pro Street cars are all about outrageous projects, exciting and menacing at the same time, featuring big engines, large blowers and enough power to get you to the moon and back. Kent Matranga was thinking about such a vehicle, especially the body style of the 1966 Chevelle.
It all started four years ago, when Kent bought the body without engine and transmission; it needed a lot of work, since every body panel had some rust on it or serious issues. Low-profile stance was a must, at least in his mind, so the Chevelle was put through some hot-rodding methods, meaning that the body was channeled over its aftermarket chassis.
It took more than one man to create this automotive jewel, with Kent asking for help from experienced hands the likes of Chris Brown Auto Design and Barry’s Speed Shop, who took care of design and fabrication, with Paul Hattrup putting everything mechanical together.
Matranga went for unique decisions and components, which makes this ride cool as well as expensive. Barry’s Speed Shop started off from a Art Morrison GT Sport frame, which then received independent front and rear suspension systems – courtesy of Kugel Komponents.
The IRS unit includes a 9″ Currie center spinning a limited-slip differential, as well as a top-mounted antisway bar; there’s also shock absorbers with adjustable coilovers. Then, it was time for Paul Hattrup to work his magic; he went for a blower-strong 572-cubic-inch engine, from a Mark IV block, that outputs 800 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. No worries, this ride is comfortable and perfect for everyday use.
The crew went on to stretch the original hood, before sending it to Speed Shop Custom Paint, where the PPG Sapphire Blue color was applied to the sleek Chevelle’s body – you thought it was black, right?. Inside the cabin, the custom vehicle is equally impressive; you’ll find an eight-point roll-cage, and a matching dashboard and instrument panel. Leather now covers the door panels, headliner, and the completely rebuilt Corbeau seats – thanks to Gabe Lopez. This is off-the-charts cool!