Chris Titus gets the credit for inspiring this car. A few years ago Titus hosted an episode of the Rides TV show that highlighted the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. As long-time Power Tour sponsors and participants, YearOne agreed to run with Titus and the camera crews – acting as escorts of sorts. Anyway, YearOne President Kevin King’s son Denver was along for the trip, and spent a lot of time riding with Titus in his hot-rodded ’56. A good time was had by all – and a good TV show was the result. Fast forward a couple years, Denver gets old enough to drive on his own, and when asked by his Dad what kind of car he was interested in he replies “A ’56 Chevy!” Well, as luck would have it, YearOne was about to release a Tri-Five Chevy catalog, so it seemed building a ’56 project car was in order.


The result of all this is a ’56 strong on traditional looks but with upgrades virtually everywhere to enhance performance and drivability. The stance of the car and the larger wheels and tires hint at a modified chassis, but the color, interior finish and loads of chrome trim lend a decidedly ’50s feel to the car.


Underneath the mostly stock body lies a complete Art Morrison tube chassis. Using the Morrison frame as the foundation gave us the stance and adjustability we were looking for while vastly improving the handling and ride characteristics. A 450-horse LS3 crate engine, carbureted in this case, provides plenty of power for the car. The late-model engine is backed by a 4L60E automatic which sends the power to a Moser rear axle assembly. The most obvious modern touches with the hood closed are the 18″ billet wheels with huge Baer disc brakes peeking through them.


As you can imagine, Denver never expected to get a car built to this level when he talked to his Dad about a ’56 Chevy. Of course, Dad is making sure Denver, now in college, keeps his grades up and his trouble-making low, but pretty soon he will be able to park the classic Chevy in his own garage. It that’s not incentive enough to study hard we don’t know what is.


And it’s all Chris Titus’ fault!


Vehicle Specifications:


Ls3 engine 450hp

Wegner Motorsports front drive system

Custom stainless steel exhaust with Magna Flow mufflers

Fuel System:

Custom fuel tank with baffles and in-tank fuel pumps


4L60E automatic

Rear Axle:

Moser 9 inch rear with 3.73

Eaton limited slip differential


Baer 13” 6-piston brakes


Billet aluminum Cragar style wheels
18”x8” front; 18”x10” rear

BFGoodrich g-Force KDW tires
245-40-18 front

BFGoodrich g-Force KDW tires
295-35-18 rear


YearOne reproduction panels and trim


Vintage air AC system


1956 Harbor Blue and 1957 Bright Silver

Cooling System:

Be Cool aluminum radiator

Be Cool SPAL electric fans


Art Morrison frame and suspension


Black and gray with green accents

YearOne restoration parts

Classic Instruments gauges

Late Model Firebird seats

Custom console

Entertainment System:

Alpine head unit

Boston Acoustics amps/speakers