#1966 OAM Chevalier Custom
Woops wrong Custom (The suspension broke… )
##Original Model + Info
The fourth 1966 OAM Chevalier (in Laguna Green) ever produced, in the workshop following restoration.
In 1966 OAM released their first car, the Chevalier. Powered with a General Industries Medium Block 5.1L (311CI) V8 Crossplane engine, the Chevalier looked impressive with its front and rear double wishbone suspension, not often seen in many cars of this period. However, in the over saturated muscle car market during the period, the Chevalier failed to sell, with many ending up outside in the factory parking lot. The car was saved only by the movie, The Vice, which boosted the sales enough for OAM to survive into the 1970s allowing them to release their more popular cars such as the RoadCruiser and the Traveller.
Nowadays, however, the 1966 Chevalier is considered a classic muscle car, and a must have for any muscle car collector. Unlike most of its contemporaries, the Chevalier was nice to handle, owing its relatively good handling characteristics to its front and rear double wishbone suspension. The 5.1L Medium Block V8 fitted to the car also made a sizeable 205 hp, propelling it to a top speed of 124mph.
##OAM Chevalier ‘Pursuit Custom’
This specific custom model was built in Indiana, where OAM is based, by a private owner. The Chevalier Pursuit Custom, as it is known as, is a modified 1966 Chevalier, based on the custom Chevalier featured in the 1966 Action movie ‘The Vice’. This ‘Pursuit Custom’ also featured a cameo in the 2006 reboot of ‘The Vice’, albeit as an homage to the 1966 movie.
Under the hood of this beast was still the same 5.1L V8 engine from 1966. However, this custom engine was fully refurbished and modified with more modern parts including a new direct injection fuel system ‘borrowed’ from the much more modern OAM Chevalier II’s 5.9L BZ Large Block V8. This meant that this car produces about 350 hp, 150 more than the original. To take the extra 150 horses, the Stock Chevalier tyres have been replaced with smaller, but wider wheels and new custom wheel arches were added to the car. The suspension was also lowered giving the car a more aggressive look.
Sadly, the photo editor kept crashing on my so the only way to showcase this car was take screenshots in the car designer.