Ever heard of Project X? If not, I’m not sure where you’ve been hiding. Today’s video is an episode from the Hot Rod Garage who are going to give the Project X engine a complete makeover.
For those of you still in the dark about this legendary 1957 Chevy, I’ll tell you a bit about it:
The history of Project X
Purchased in 1965 by Argus publishing, Project X was a bright yellow 1957 Chevy Bel Air 210 and its sole purpose was to become a test car for different engine designs, combinations, suspension setups and a whole host of other enhancements. Over the decades, the car has been used to teach the hot-rodding community how to build their own car. Low and behold, the car became its own legend.
Having been put through its paces at a number of the iconic tracks, including Orange County International Raceway and Lions Dragstrip, this car has tried almost every kind of performance part there is. Project X didn’t just test them out though, this great car was the ultimate educating machine with tuning tips, installation guidelines and cosmetic accessories, it was a clear way for the publishers to be just as involved as their readers.
Over the years there have been countless how-to guides and articles. Each has shed it’s own light on how to upgrade your own custom hot rod. And so form it’s inception, Project X has become one of the most iconic cars in hotrodding history.
Let’s not forget its spotlight appearance in the 1980 film The Hollywood Knights. Not only did Project X play the feature car, it converted Ken Farrell into a lifelong Chevy fan.
Project X today
Not only is this car worth in excess of $1 million, it’s now being brought into the 21st century by the guys at the Hot Rod Garage. Take a look at this awesome episode and see how the guys continue the longest running project car in history with a LSX 376 GM performance crate engine to replace the fuel-injected big block.
Do you have some fond memories of Project X? Like millions of others, has this car occupied a special place in your heart? join in the conversation by dropping a comment below.