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[Video] 1955 Chevy Bel Air Named Brute Force – Walking Through The 2020 Autorama Great 8


This is Rick Drewry with Classic Auto Insurance at Detroit Autorama 2020, and we are introducing the Great 8 to everybody, and we’re down to our last one, but definitely not least. 

This one is nicknamed Brute Force. It is a 1955 Chevrolet. And, really the biggest telltale sign of this is, the shocker to me, is that it has a 540 Merlin under the hood. Wish I could have a Merlin. 

I don’t even know what I’d put it in, but I’d want one. 

With these custom-made wheels, the reflection off the center caps, the fit and finish, the interior, this one’s unique. And I can tell you right now, it may be unique enough to steal the hearts of the judges and it may win this year. You don’t know.

Brilliant Blue Brute Force Of This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Named “Brute Force”, this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is owned and built by Bob Mantranga. The car was all hand built in Bob’s shop in Newport Coast, California.

Bob design foundation was what a 1955 Chevrolet would look like if it were built to today’s standards of a modern supercars such as a Bugatti and Bentley. The answer came in a twin turbocharged 540 cubic inch Merlin V-8 with Arias Hemi heads configured to deliver 800 reliable and tractable horsepower but with minor adjustments by turning up the boost wick could produce 1,400 horsepower (aka Brute Force).

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