Our favorite Ship of Theseus, Project X began life as an ordinary Chevy 210 coupe way back in 1957. The car’s rise to fame began a few years later, when it was purchased by the folks at Popular Hot Rodding to serve as the magazine’s perpetual project car/test mule. Fast forward a few decades and the humble Chevy has appeared in countless magazine articles, car shows, events, and even a blockbuster movie.
Now under the loving care of the Hot Rod and MotorTrend teams, the Project X legacy continues to grow. And after a brief flirtation with electric power, we think you’ll really, really like where it stands today.
That’s because under the Project X hood now lives 632 cubic inches of internal combustion magic.
Yup—remember when Chevy Performance pulled the wraps of its mighty ZZ632 Crate Motor?
Well, the MotorTrend gang felt that there’s no better place for it than between the frame rails of the most famous Tri-Five ever.
Curiously, while the Rat Motor looks perfectly at home in Project X, the car’s previous electrified life meant that a lot of the things that came out for the EV conversion, needed to get back in.
In other words, the Chevy had to once again carry all the regular ICE stuff—like a radiator, fuel tank, transmission, starting battery, and exhaust.
That’s where Summit Racing stepped in. And with Lucky Costa and Alex Taylor from Hot Rod Garage doing the heavy lifting, it didn’t take long before Project X was fueled up and ready to get back into gear.
Pretty soon after that, it was resting under the Summit Racing tent at the 2023 SEMA Show.
And that’s exactly where we found it.
Ever hear the cliché “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same”?
Well, that’s Project X in a nutshell.
Even after the significant amount of invasive surgery required to convert the 210 to an electric drivetrain, the retrofit work was so clean that, even today, you’d never know that Project X has been cut up and rebuilt a few dozen times.
Yet still, you’ll notice little nods to the previous lives of Project X all over the place, like the “X” logos embossed on the tailfins and the trim, or the deep bulge in the trunk pan where a massive battery once sat. Even the Strange rear axle has returned to handle the torque from the 632ci Big Block powerplant.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that even now, with 1,000 hp on tap, we’re resisting the urge to call this “Peak Project X.”
…Because if there’s one thing that’s certain—you never know what this Millennium Yellow Chevy coupe will turn into next.
Project X 1957 Chevy 210 ZZ632 Parts List
- Chevrolet Performance ZZ632 Crate Engine
- 4L80E Transmission built by Gearstar Performance
- Pioneer Transmission Mount
- Summit Racing Staging Lock System (Line Lock)
- Summit Racing Staging Lock Installation Kit
- Lokar Electronic Sport Shifter
- Lokar Floor Shift Replacement Cable
- Hayden Transmission Fluid Cooler
- Griffin Performance Fit Radiator Combo
- Lokar Midnight Series Billet Gas Pedal
- Painless Performance Tri-Five Chevy Chassis Harness
- Goodmark Battery Tray
- QuickCar Drag Battery Cable Kit
- Strange Engineering S60 Rear Axle
- Vintage Air Gen-IV SureFit System Evaporator Kit
- Tanks Inc. Fuel Tank
- Tanks Inc. Fuel Tank Filler Neck
- Summit Racing Universal Rod Builder Exhaust Kit
- Summit Racing Interlocking V-Band Exhaust Clamps
- Summit Racing Butt-Joint Band Clamps
- Borla XR-1 Racing Mufflers
- Nitto NT 555 G2 Tires
- Mickey Thompson ET Street R Radial Tires