• Feb 3rd 2010 at 7:26PM
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"57 Sleeper" built by Dominator Street Rods - Click above for high-res image gallery

As we walked among the custom hot rods and muscle cars of the Grand National Roadster Show this past weekend, there was one particular car that caught our eye. It wasn't so much the exterior of the '57 Chevy that commanded our attention, although the two-tone silver and gray paint job did look quite attractive. It was more the massive dual turbos lurking underneath the hood that causes us to walk over and take a closer look.

What we discovered was one heck of a sleeper. In fact, the car is actually nicknamed "57 Sleeper" by its owner, Tim Kerrigan, founder of Red Line Oil. Built by Dominator Street Rods of Tracy, CA, this '57 Chevy is packing a twin-turbo, 540ci V8 with... drum roll please...1589 horsepower and 1508 pound-feet of torque. The car is built on an Art Morrison chassis and features other goodies like Wilwood brakes, custom 3-inch headers, and Schott Performance wheels. You can see the car in detail in our high-res gallery below.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine doing a burnout,the tires finally hook-up and u realize ur in tomorrow lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, why does the bugatti Veryon need 2x the cylinders and 2x the turbos to achive 1/3rd less horsepower?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because Bugatti's vision and his vision are entirely different. He designed this car one of a kind, one for himself.

        Bugatti has to design a car that can go 253 mph--do you think that car can, given its aerodynamics? They have to design a 253 mph car with all sorts of luxuries, all sorts of suspension, and so forth that puts it up with the big boys of today.

        Don't get me wrong, this car is gorgeous, and 1500 hp is a lot, but a lot of cars have had this in the past, the trick is actually using all of it, and that's a massive challenge.

        As far as looks and numbers go, this thing is impressive to look at, but I doubt the owner takes it on the track much. It is indeed more of a trailer queen than anything else I suspect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one clean engine bay. And that interior is pretty slick too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome feat in engineering, but that's just stupid.

      1589 hp? ....what's the point of that?

      I mean I like it, but in a 57 chevy?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, because every car, every engine combination, and every body shape has to have a clearly defined purpose. Who cares why it has 1600hp? Why not? Burnouts are fun, big numbers are fun, and 57 Chevys are great looking cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah I think the same thing too about these kind of cars.
      Steve H
      • 5 Years Ago
      As to "WHY?" None of you youngsters are old enough!!! Bragging rights!
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      That is far too fancy to be a sleeper. sleepers look much more "unassuming" and plain than that.

      That is a nice shoebox Chevy that doesn't happen to advertise an unusable amount of power under the hood.

      Besides, if you tried to use it... you'd probably just wad up all the 'pretty.'
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't necessarily make 1600 at the hit. Just because it has an insane amount of power doesn't mean it isn't driveable. Plenty of cars with big power are really driveable. And with 1600hp, that's definitely a sleeper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing has to be useless in all gears with those tiny rear tires.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love it.

      Although, I'll admit I sat there going "Why is the radiator going into the intake manifold? that makes no sense... OOOOH... those are intercoolers...."
      • 5 Years Ago
      that thing is gorgeous but frankly has the aerodynamics of a shoebox, to quote arrested development... "That?...."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Was that irony deliberate, or accidental?
      • 5 Years Ago
      1600 hp in what appears to be a slushbox?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how often this gets driven on the streets?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the thing with turbos and big block chevys...you can get all the hp you want by turning up the boost and fueling it. There's one guy at the Warren Tech Center with a big block in a c4 corvette with twin turbos and roughly 1400 hp...daily driver LOL! Car showed up in CarCraft mag a few years ago IIRC.

        This 57 chebby with mondo hp is just a show car....too expensive to drive on the street but bragging rights for some
        Q-tip at the A&W on Saturday night.
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