’51 Ford Coupe Named 2016 Gran Tursimo Award Winner

By SEMA Editors

1951 Ford Coupe
The Gran Turismo Award winner—Bruce Levens’ ’51 Ford Coupe, built by Chad Wick and Wicked Customs—was featured in the ARMO/HRIA booth at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Bruce Levens’ ’51 Ford Coupe, built by Chad Wick and Wicked Customs, was named the winner of the 2016 Gran Turismo Award. The coupe was displayed in the joint Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)/ Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) booth at the 2016 SEMA Show. 

The uniquely personalized Ford beat a strong field of other finalists, including Formula D champion Chris Forsberg’s ’75 Datsun Z, a 1,000hp ’65 Mustang, a carbon-fiber Audi R8, and a RAM powered by a 775hp Hellcat engine.

What really made Levens’ Ford stand apart was the exquisite attention to detail that builder Chad Wick put into the car, both inside and out. The engine, a ’56 Lincoln V8 built by veteran engineer Ron Shaver, has been powdercoated in gold, with the wires carefully tucked away.

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