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Show Cars Inc. Features Ren Jenson's Custom 1955 Bel Air at SEMA 2012

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Ren Jenson's 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Ren Jenson's 1955 Chevy Bel Air
When it comes to customizing, Ren Jenson is no rookie. He has built the following cars in his 30 year build history. Ranging from a 1968 rs/ss Camaro, a 1965 El Camino that was placed in the GM Museum, several 1955-1957 Bel Air's and a 1941 Willys and several have won major trophies or have set High Sales records at auction. So with this being said…what's the next "Ultimate" Build? Ren then decided he wanted to build the ultimate and his choice was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible.
Custom 1955 Chevy Bel Air by Ren Jenson
Custom 1955 Chevy Bel Air by Ren Jenson


When building his "Ultimate" Build Ren knows there are no holds barred. Starting out he knew that he wanted Horsepower, Handling and enough shine to make any car enthusiasts jaw to drop.

When it comes to Running gear, Ren chose to mate the modern power of a corvette with the body and styling of the 1955 Bel Air. Once the suspension and motor from the corvette were in place and the beautiful Black and White paint were in place, "Ebony and Ivory" still didn't have the look that was desired... So what did Ren do? He stripped the entire under carriage and sent it out to be either chrome plated or powder coated. Once complete, the under carriage had close to $52,000 in chrome plating and powder coating, now the car was seriously coming together but the interior still needed to be done…What style would complete this build? Well Ren chose to keep it simple and stay within the era of the 55 but he chose Ivory as his choice in leather.
Ren Jenson Built Bel Air at SEMA 2012
Ren Jenson Built Bel Air at SEMA 2012
Once the interior was finished the only thing left was a set of wheels that would not only fit the body of the 55 but also mate up with the corvette under carriage, this was no easy task. Asanti Wheels was called upon for their precise build specs and soon the choice was made and the Asanti wheels bolted up with no problem.
Show Cars Inc. featured Ren Jenson's Bel Air at SEMA
Show Cars Inc. featured Ren Jenson's Bel Air at SEMA


Unfortunately Ren Jenson Passed away towards the end of the build and his family decided the best way to celebrate his life would be to have his last build on Display at SEMA 2012, that is when they contacted Show Cars Inc. to get the vehicle placed. Within days the vehicle was placed and Ren's final build was to debut at SEMA 2012.

When we asked Ren's family why he chose K&N as his filter of choice, they explained that "Ren chose only the best and when it comes to Filters K&N was the only choice" in his opinion.

Since Ren's passing the car has won many awards and in July 2013 the car will be published in the Publisher Choice Ad in the Dupont Registry Magazine and will be the featured vehicle in their booth at Barret-Jackson Reno Auction.

RIP Ren Jenson you and your building Skills will be missed!

SEMA featured 1955 Chevy Bel Air
SEMA featured 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Ren Jenson's SEMA Bel Air
Ren Jenson's SEMA Bel Air
Custom Chevy Bel Air at 2012 SEMA
Custom Chevy Bel Air at 2012 SEMA
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Air Filter
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Air Filter
Custom wheels on Jenson's Chevy Bel Air
Custom wheels on Jenson's Chevy Bel Air
Ren Jenson's Bel Air with K&N Air Filter
Ren Jenson's Bel Air with K&N Air Filter

Related K&N News Articles about the Chevy Bel Air: K&N's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air at K&N on Car Collector Appreciation Day; Divine1Customs Featured 1956 Chevy Bel Air and 1967 Lincoln Continental at the 2010 SEMA Show K&N Product Search


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