Nice one, rod­ders!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.trans­port-mu­

Visi­tors to a new ex­hi­bi­tion un­veiled at Coven­try Trans­port Mu­seum were treated to the sight of Jaguar Land Rover’s de­sign direc­tor, Ian Cal­lum, in a very dif­fer­ent light.

Open­ing the mu­seum’s new Hot Rods & Kool Kus­toms dis­play on Satur­day 28 Jan­uary, Ian showed off his ex­ten­sively cus­tomised 1956 Chevro­let 210 twodoor sedan.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til 14 May, brings to­gether orig­i­nal Amer­i­can hot rod and cus­tom cars along­side Bri­tish-in­spired in­ter­pre­ta­tions, in­clud­ing a 1957 Ford Pop­u­lar.

Cal­lum’s strik­ing Chevy had a com­plete body-off re­build 12 years ago and is pow­ered by a 400bhp Sum­mit small block 350 Chevy mo­tor bolted to a turbo gear­box. It has lower and stiffer sus­pen­sion, disc brakes, a new ex­haust sys­tem, pol­ished five-spoke al­loy wheels and an in­te­rior com­pletely re-trimmed in black Bridge of Weir leather.

‘From the early days of souped-up me­chan­ics to the coolest cus­tom de­signs of the 1950s, these are cars that have been made with per­son­al­ity, speed and style and they will make a stun­ning ad­di­tion to our dis­plays over the next few months,’ says the mu­seum’s mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor, Jo Mus­kett.

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