Creating the ultimate automotive street sleeper is not as easy as you think. You see it takes time, patience and vision to fool the eyes of the automotive public. There are those out there however who have not only pulled it off, but done so in a spectacular fashion. Step one is finding the right car. Step two is creating the appropriate power plant, and step three, well, that’s making everything gel in a package that leaves most spectators slack-jawed. The following five street sleepers are as close to perfect as we could find, so with that in mind, click through and check them out.
• Dru Diesner: Super Sleeper 1972 Nova
It’s capable of running sub-9 second quarter miles, looks like it fell out of a dumpster, and has a twin-supercharged GM LS2 that produces 1,160 hp and 825 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels! This is Dru Diesner’s 1972 Chevrolet Nova and it is the optimity of Street Sleeper. Built by Kurt Urban performance, this is a car that can be driven everyday and then taken to the track and run hard whenever the mood strikes. Truly a stunning example.
• Sean Whitley: Farm Truck
Take one 1972 long wheelbase Chevrolet C-10 pickup, slap a camper shell on the bed and stuff in a 502-ci big block with a two-stage nitrous system, and you’ve got Sean Whitley’s Farm Truck. 837 hp means quarter mile runs in less than 10.5 seconds when coupled with a Strange 9-inch rear and 5.13 gears. Oh, and don’t forget about his dog Louise who always rides shotgun.
• Dug Strickler: The Volvette
If you were a professor, mother of three, or a librarian, then driving a 1989 Volvo 740 wagon would be completely acceptable. A hot-rodder though – not so much. That is unless your name is Dug Strickler, as his vision was something a bit different. Wanting to be somewhat sly, Dug decided to yank the boxy Volvos’ original mill and in its place drop in a GM LS1 engine coupled to a pair of Garrett T4 turbo chargers. The result is 544 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels and all the groceries you can carry.
• 1000 RWHP Turbo Chevrolet Z71 Work Truck
On any given day seeing a late 1990’s Chevrolet short bed pickup is no big deal. However what if that truck happens to have a forged 402 stroker with an 80mm turbo attached to it – what then? If you’re smart, you just turn and drive away, if not, then prepare for one helluva’ beating.
• Paul Siano: V-8 Corvair Crown Conversion
Regarded as one of the worst cars in the history of man, the Chevrolet Corvair has never really received a fair shake. It was Ralph Nader’s whipping boy, was underpowered and had handling manners that were likely to kill you. Then to top it off, it wasn’t the least bit attractive. Paul Siano see’s the Corvair differently though which is why he removed the rear seats and shoved in an aluminum 283 cu. in. Chevrolet V8. This car is simply awesome!