1977 Chevrolet Caprice AeroCoupe: Red Eye

This 1977 Caprice AeroCoupe was created with an Italian vision in mind.

Story: Michael Crenshaw

Photography: Andrew Link

Everyone (okay, almost everyone) aspires to own a Ferrari one day, a bright one in their signature red paint: Rosso Corsa. However, there’s a more viable alternative than buying one of Maranello’s finest at a cost that may make you stutter—building a Box Chevy with PPG Rosso Corsa Ferrari 322 paint.

When the owner of this 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Aerocoupe wanted something different yet visually stimulating, he called the guys over at 813 Customs of Tampa, Florida, for some Italian inspiration. “He didn’t want candy, but he still wanted a really bright paint job like you get with candy, and he left it in my hands,” Joe of 813 Customs says. “That’s where we came up with the Ferrari red, and there’s no other color, in my opinion, better than a base coat Ferrari red.” It’s hard to deny their choice. With no flake or additional work, the stock Ferrari coat soaks up both sun and looks easier than a dry sponge.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better from-the-factory color, but that’s not the only trick this ’77 has up its sleeves. With a clean donor, there was the issue with how to really set it apart without going over the top, like the exterior does. So a theme was developed to exploit some of color of the exterior and bring it inside the vehicle via a nice modern but almost retro-inspired theme that goes through the whole vehicle.

And you want to talk about stance? This Caprice kills it with some treatment by 813. Joe recalls what was needed in order to make it right: “air shocks in the back, it had to be notched for better turning radius, different springs in the front end, had to go with heavy duty, and had to bring the front end up a little bit but not too much, because we like them to squat.”
With the Ferrari dip on this ’77 in full, Italian-inspired glory, there’s nothing else to do but ride with the sun and let everyone appreciate this Italian-American model.

Spec The Technique:

Year/Make/Model: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Aerocoupe

Performance: 350 SBC; 700R4 transmission; Chrome Zoops Serpentine System

Exterior: Ferrari PPG Rosso Corsa paint; new chrome trim, grille by Gulf Coast Dzigns

Interior: Peanut butter leather and suede with red suede inserts, suede headliner; fiberglass center console and door panels; Dakota Digital gauges; fiberglass dash top

Ice: JVC KW-AV71BT; Clarion AEQ7, one 3-way crossover; eight 8-inch Krome Audio loudspeakers, eight 30mm supertweeters; one Addictive Audio 20.2AB amp, one 10.4AB amp

Wheels/Tires: 26-inch DUB Fanatic wheels; Lionhart LH-003 tires, 275/25/26

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