In the decade following World War II, the automobile Industry advanced in both technology and style. Having acquired skills and knowledge while producing aircraft during the war, hot rodders and OEM manufacturers looked toward developing aerodynamics and custom styling in the vehicles of the time. One car designed at that time was the 1957 Buick Special.
Taking its stylish lines and sleek looks to the next level with a blend of modern customization are the guys at Designs by Daryl’s in Visalia, California. With mobile and custom glass installation serving as the bread and butter at Chad’s Auto Glass; their love for custom classic cars has developed into several custom builds each year. Many classic big-body cars from Cadillacs to Lincolns have found there way to other countries, like Australia and New Zealand.
When one of their customers in Australia had a special request for a hot rod Buick, they were happy to comply. The 1957 Buick Special was pulled out of a field in California as a near shell, and the crew brought in a few heavy-hitting local shops to lend their expertise to the build.
First, the crew at The Choppin’ Block in Fresno, California, narrowed the frame and created a custom front and rear suspension to drop the car over 24-inch Raceline wheels thanks to Slam Specialties airbags and AccuAir eLevel air management. The massive billets are made to a stop with 17-inch SSBC brakes. Yes, you read that correctly, the disc brakes are 2 inches larger than the wheels originally on the Buick nearly 60 years ago.
The engine, machined at Millers and assembled at Lewis Milinich Bodyshop, pushes out more than 600 hp and plenty of torque!
The ’57 Special crosses the lines between classic car, raw muscle and custom creation. The end result is a crisp, clean modernized custom that tugs at your need for speed.