This 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop is going to surprise you. Looking like a nicely restored, albeit a bit conservative, ''50s cruiser, it actually brings a host of upgrades that make it a first-rate cruiser. How about a 327 cubic inch V8, A/C, and an overdrive transmission for starters? Also be sure to take a look at the price, which is shockingly affordable. The cream paint with a beige roof may not get hearts aflutter, but it''s the right choice on a car that can do so many things as well as this car can. It''s almost as if the builder was daring you to look closer, to discover all the secrets it has hiding under its skin. The curvaceous Bel Air shape has aged quite well, neatly straddling the fat-fendered ''40s and the sleek 1950s that were fast approaching, and with the glossy two-stage urethane paint on its flanks, it has a high-quality look that''s mirrored by the workmanship found throughout. The work was done about four years ago and still shows quite well, with fresh chrome, new glass throughout, and neatly frenched 1954 Chevy taillights that are the lone body modification, but most folks will never know the difference. A few other details include some shaved emblems, but the ''50 Chevy was never a flashy car to begin with, so it''ll take an expert to spot all the changes, the sure sign of good taste in a modified car. You''ll find a much more substantial makeover inside, where bucket seats and a custom center console give the conservative Chevy a much different outlook on life. The custom power buckets are upholstered in handsome fabric and vinyl that might have come from the original fabric samples book in 1950. A fat steering wheel is actually an OEM piece that looks right at home atop a tilt column, and the beautifully stitched door panels have a sweeping bit of trim that gives it a true 1950s flair. The center console somehow looks like it could have been born there, and houses controls for the Vintage Air A/C, shifter, and AM/FM/CD stereo. Stewart-Warner instruments fit neatly into the 1950 instrument panel, with auxiliary gauges fitted into custom housings right below an accessory clock. The headliner is highlighted by gorgeous chrome ribs, and even the trunk is beautifully finished with custom carpets and side panels. The engine is a rebuilt 327 cubic inch V8 topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold. Chevy Orange paint looks right in the old Chevy engine bay, and even with a big HEI distributor, it fits like the factory built it. Power front discs mean that stopping performance is up to modern standards, and custom headers feed a Flowmaster dual exhaust system that sounds nothing at all like the original Stovebolt. The 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission was rebuilt two years ago and feeds a 10-bolt with 2.85 gears inside, so this sucker just loafs along at modern highway speeds. It''s not detailed for show underneath, but you know this sucker''s functional and once you get a good look at it, all you''re going to want to do is drive. The only other external clue that this car is something special are the painted wheels with "flipper" hubcaps and new 205/75/15 whitewall radials. There''s much more than meets the eye with this Bel Air, and if you''re a fan of subtlety and quality, it represents an affordable way to get large helpings of both. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.