Cruisin' the Coast

This local’s car of the day is so hot it’s on fire

Kent Wood of Biloxi, Mississippi, in his 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Wood built his car except for the painted flames on the hood, trunk and the interior trim.
Kent Wood of Biloxi, Mississippi, in his 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Wood built his car except for the painted flames on the hood, trunk and the interior trim. Special to the Sun Herald

Car of the Day: 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Owners: Kent and Crystal Wood

What’s under the hood? Kent said he has a 502 big-block engine with overdrive transmission and a complete custom interior and a custom paint job.

How long has it been yours? “I’ve had it for 10 years, but I’ve only had it completed for about four years,” Kent said. “I’ve put about $60,000 into it and I did all of the work myself.”

That’s a snazzy paint job: The Chevelle has a custom airbrushing of actual fire flames on the hood and trunk. The car is painted candy brandywine, which Kent said was a custom color.

A veteran ride: “I bought the car from someone who was active military,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to bring to MGM Park for a salute to our veterans.”

How much do you want for it? “I would take $100,000 for it,” Kent said.

Longtime Cruisers: “We love Cruisin’ The Coast and we do it every year,” Kent said. “I’ve lived here long enough to know the backroads and how to beat the traffic.”

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