'Project X' '57 Chevy Is Reborn

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Uploaded on October 31, 2007 by Medialink

It has been the subject of more enthusiast magazine build stories than any other car and has graced the cover of Popular Hot Rodding (PHR) countless times. It even played a supporting role in "Hollywood Knights," serving as the supercharged transportation for Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The car is Project X, the most famous 1957 Chevy ever built -- and rebuilt. Since its debut in PHR more than 40 years ago, Project X has served as a rolling, evolving test bed of high-performance parts and a bell weather of automotive culture trends. But while this perpetual project car has never absolutely been finished, it has undergone several complete rebuilds -- transformations that have contemporized its performance and styling.

General Motors and PHR collaborated during the past year to redesign, restore and re-power the iconic yellow shoebox, including the first of a limited number of Anniversary 427 crate engines.

"General Motors is proud to have participated in its latest and most extensive restoration ever," said Al Oppenheiser, GM Performance Division director for concept and vehicle integration. "This completely 'restified' Chevy represents the ultimate form of Project X."

PHR entrusted Project X with GM Performance Division, which took the car to its Warren, Mich., home for a frame-off revitalization. The car was updated with a contemporary spin on the Pro Street theme, with a modified Corvette front suspension, four-link and mini-tubbed rear suspension and more.

"Working on Project X was like working on a time machine," said Mike Copeland, GM Performance Division project manager. "The history was clear when we took it apart -- there were remnants of past modifications everywhere and the team members truly understood the historical significance of the car."

But while Project X has traditionally been a platform for aftermarket performance, GM Performance Division restored it with a great balance of O.E.M. parts and craftsmanship, complementing a roster of components supplied by the performance industry's top manufacturers.

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