Ted Mitchell's 1957 Chevrolet

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Hazel is a 1957 Chevrolet Custom owned and restyled by Ted Mitchell. The car has become a well-known and celebrated icon in the custom car community, thanks to the visionary work of Ted and a team of skilled artisans.[1]

Initial State and Acquisition

In 1986, Hazel was acquired by Ted from the Hoge brothers. Its humble beginnings in primer gray set the stage for an incredible transformation.[1]

Restoration and Customization

Undertaking the restoration at Rod Powell's shop in Salinas, California, Ted invested a month of labor-intensive work. The initial phase saw the car painted silver by Powell, a strategic move to secure its spot at the Grand National Roadster Show. The following year, to maintain its eligibility for the show, Rod added striking blue scallops, elevating Hazel's aesthetic appeal.[1]

Upholstery and Functional Enhancements

Rocky DeMateo played a crucial role in Hazel's renovation. His expertise in upholstery was evident in the seamless integration of poppers for the doors and trunk, merging style with practicality.[1]

Attention to Detail

Chrome work, a critical aspect of the restoration, was meticulously carried out by Salinas Plating. Additionally, Ted addressed structural challenges, notably repairing a caved-in hood, a testament to his mechanical prowess and attention to detail.[1]

Legacy and Recognition

Ted's commitment to showcasing Hazel at various West Coast car shows, including the revered Hot August Nights, allowed the car to garner admiration and inspire fellow enthusiasts.[1]



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