A loyal customer of his, Chuck Thornton, came across this ’37 Cord. Chuck simply didn’t want a restored Cord but a modern street rod that could rival most new luxury cars off the showroom floor. When Chuck’s rod is finished its going to have the art deco styling of the original Cord but the handling and performance of a modern Corvette. Brizio and his men re-engineered the Cord’s chassis to be able to handle the weight of a modern LS1 engine from a C5 Corvette. This V8 will produce 320 horsepower and it will be mated to a Porsche Tiptronic four speed transaxle.
To help accommodate the engine and tranny, a custom independent front suspension was fabricated. Further improving the 37’s handling, Brizio is fabricating an independent rear suspension using parts from a 1993 Cadillac DeVille which should make this rod glide like its on a cloud. The LSX Cord is almost complete and we will keep you folks updated with its progress, but in the meantime, visit Brizio’s project page for a bunch more photos of this fascinating and unique build.