Out on the West Coast you see a lot of really nicely done late 1940s lowriders. But this 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan Pro Street is the best purpose built 1948 show car we’ve ever seen. No expense was spared to build the Aerosdean, and the Pro Street effect was so masterfully designed and executed, it will make you stare for hours to just be able to take it all in.
It took eleven years to build this 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan Pro Street, a feat that can only be measured by the hundreds of mods needed to complete the build. Tastefully done, every piece of metal has been smoothed for a glass like finish from top to bottom. The reversed hood opens at the cowl or also opens side-hinged for show display.
When you look at the photos, you’ll notice the beautiful ergonomic interior with the simple ’57 Chevy pickup dash element. (Click this link to view a 26-photo Slide Show ad on the Cars-On-Line website.) All the electric switches and button are in the overhead. Completely custom, the newly designed interior uses Ivory leather with suede inserts for a fresh look. The leather interior is by DJ’s Upholstery in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
You have to admit this Aerosedan takes a nice picture. The PPG Green Tea Metallic paint was applied by Eric Bee at EB Collision in Columbus, Ohio. In the right light is just seems to glow.
Pro Street type power is produced by a stroked solid lifter 406 ci small black producing 600 horsepower. It is fed by an 850 quick fuel carb through 210 Pro Filer heads with single plane ported Hurricane intake. That power is transferred via a built Turbo 400 with a 3,500 rpm Neil Chance stall converter. The driveshaft is an aluminum Precision Shaft Technologies, said to be the strongest driveshafts on the market. That’s good, because it hooks up with a 9″ Ford rear end with 31-spine axle, Detroit Locker and 4.56 gears. Power is put to the ground by Mickey Thompson 33×19.5 rear tires on Holeshot racing wheels.
The body lines create a look and stance that is unique to this build. The suspension uses an Accuair Air Ride Management system with Ridetech Double Adjustable Shocks. It enlists Aerosace front and rear disc brakes.
“This is not your traditional blower, parachute, wheelie bar car,” they say in the ad description. ” … but instead, a race themed car with a ton of smooth and details, all done very subtly.” The ’48 Fleetline is a true pro street with a back half, aiming for a 50/50 build, 50% race car, and 50% high end hot rod.
Chevrolet’s Aerosedan Fleetline passenger car created a new look for the fat fendered 1940’s cars. Many today still revere the look of a stock original Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan because of its styling in an otherwise boring production era. It might be said that it lead the way out of the war years and made way for the progressive styling of the 1950’s.
Hot rodders have tried endlessly to improve on the look of the late 1940’s cars. Their frumpy bodies are hard to restyle. But the 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan Pro Street you see here got it right. Keeping most of the fastback look intact while lowering the ride height and back-halving it as a Pro Street it uses all of the Aerosedan’s best features. It is a rolling tribute to one of Chevrolet’s best ideas in the Post War era. The resulting look and stance honors its iconic place in history while giving a new look to Pro Street. That’s what custom car building is all about.
“This car was built with the idea in mind to have one of the craziest fat fender cars on the planet,” says the seller from Elkart Lake, Wisconsin.
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