CRM-55 Wins Three Awards at Autogeek’s Detail Fest & Car Show Debut

I always dreamed of having a classic car, but this custom creation has simply blown me away – Carlos Marcelin, President of CRM Jewelers

Despite a lifelong obsession with classic cars, South Florida jeweler Carlos Marcelin never envisioned that his CRM-55 project would flourish into what it has become.

More than five years and over 40 custom body upgrades later, what started out as a stock 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air has been transformed into a dazzling fusion of classic style, modern muscle and technology. The fusion seemed to do the trick, as the show car took home a total of three awards during Autogeek’s 2017 Detail Fest, including People’s Choice, Best 1950’s, and Barry Meguiar’s Choice Award trophies.

“I always dreamed of having a classic car, but this custom creation has simply blown me away. I’m really happy that we won,” said Carlos Marcelin, President of CRM Jewelers, in response to the car’s success at the show.

The award-winning Bel Air was built by Elite Autoworks of Hialeah, Florida, a city that you just don’t normally associate with the customization of classic cars!

When asked how such a project landed in his shop, Ivan Barcelo, owner of Elite said, “I have been working on restoring and customizing classic cars for many years. Carlos heard about the quality of my work and paid us a visit. The rest is history!”

Here are some of the specifications of the CRM-55:

Engine & Powertrain

Chevy ZZ502 Ram-Jet (by Street & Performance), 700r4 Automatic Transmission, Custom Aluminum One-Off Engine Covers, Be Cool Extreme Module Radiator and Core Support Assembly, 3” Stainless Steel Mandrel Bent Exhaust and Black Widow Stainless Steel Muffler (Fully Polished).


Art Morrison Tri-5 Chassis, Ford 9” Rear End, Rack & Pinion Steering…

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