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SEMA Heritage: America’s Most Beautiful Roadster—Twice


Few cars have won the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) trophy twice, but Bob Reisner’s wild custom, called the Invader, did just that 50—and 49—years ago.

In a way, it’s fitting that the car won the Oakland Roadster Show’s tall AMBR trophy twice, since Reisner built the show rod with a driveline times two: Twin 400-in. Pontiac engines were joined to two B&M Hydrostick transmissions, sending power to a pair of Jaguar rear ends. The four-wheel independent suspension also made use of Jaguar components and was sprung with two Girling coil-over shocks at each corner.