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More Prominent Vehicle Builds Revealed on Day 2 of 2019 SEMA Show

By SEMA Editors

The following is a sampling of some of the vehicle builds that were revealed on the 2019 SEMA Show floor in Las Vegas:

Meguiar’s unveiled a custom ’88 BMW E30 in its SEMA Show booth. 

Custom E30 BMW With 6.0L LS Engine

An ’88 BMW E30 with custom modifications and subtle touches to almost every single aspect of the car from the inside out was unveiled Tuesday, November 5, in the Meguiar’s booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

At the heart of the build is a 6.0L LS engine featuring custom ported heads by Smithberg Racing and a Haltech Elite engine management system. The all-custom 8-1 exhaust flares out and funnels toward the back of the body. Custom craftsmanship touches are evident from the tube chassis front to the fully modified rear suspension and subframe. The inside is purposely built for speed with a full TIG-welded roll bar and all seats, harnesses and steering wheel by Sabelt.

Outside is the latest LTO body kit—the final production version that will be available for purchase. Final touches include carefully sprayed Spies Hecker paint using a Porsche paint-to-sample Olive Green color inspired by Porsche’s latest GT2 RS. There are more than five coats of clear for extreme depth and shine. Underneath and in the engine bay is a Leadfoot Grey from Ford, albeit with a satin texture, while all the tube work was completed with the same color but with a gloss finish, topped off with accent colors of black and orange.

ARMO unveiled a ’63 Corvette built by Jeff Montgomery.

Jeff Montgomery’s ’63 Corvette in the ARMO Booth

On Tuesday, November 5, SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) unveiled a ’63 Corvette built by Jeff Montgomery in SEMA Show booth #23393. The ‘Vette is powered by a 480hp LS3 crate engine coupled with a five-speed Borg Warner transmission. It rests on a Vansteel coilover suspension chassis, gets its stopping power from Corvette Z06 brakes and was painted by Millers Paint and Body.

Montgomery has owned the car for 49 years and has driven it more than 300,000 miles across the lower 48 states, Canada and Mexico. He raced it in the Optima Street Car Challenge when a mechanical failure sent him into the fence at the National Corvette Museum race track, engulfing it in flames. The following vendors are among those who helped Montgomery put the car back together: American Racing Wheels; Al Knock Interiors; ACC Carpet; Corvette Rubber Co.; Ecklers Industries; Hotwire Auto; Lectric Limited; Repops Automotive Reproductions; Retro Sound; and Vintage Air.

Ringbrothers ’69 Mach 1 Ford Mustang “UNKL.”

Ringbrothers ’69 Mach 1 Mustang

Ringbrothers unveiled a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang—the ’69 Mach 1 known as “UNKL”—in the Flowmaster (Holley) booth, Tuesday, November 5, at the 2019 SEMA Show. The car is powered by a 520ci Jon Kaase Boss engine making 700 hp. A reworked Bowler six-speed Tremec transmission backs the high-powered engine, and a QA1 carbon-fiber driveshaft transfers power to the rear wheels. A custom stainless-steel exhaust was made by Flowmaster. Prestone was the coolant supplier; Motul, the engine oil. Custom BASF paint called Big Boss Blue has been laid over a smooth body, which was shaped with 3M products.

Ringbrothers extended the Mach 1’s body by an inch on each side, which gives it a slightly more aggressive stance than stock without compromising the classic look. The car’s body is a mixture of carbon fiber and reshaped steel panels. Other custom details include billet taillights, reshaped bumpers and trim and engine-bay accessories that were custom machined at the Ringbrothers facility.

The body rides on Detroit Speed Engineering’s Aluma-Frame front suspension system with a cast aluminum cradle, custom-tuned steering rack, tubular suspension arms and custom adjustable RideTech coilovers. The rear is equipped with Detroit Speed’s QUADRALink suspension system and RideTech shocks. Front and rear sway bars are also from Detroit Speed. Stopping power is provided by Baer with 6S Extreme calipers. “UNKL” rides on a bespoke set of forged HRE Wheels wrapped within sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires: 295/35R19 in the front and 345/30R20 in the rear.

The custom interior sports Recaro seats, Ringbrothers billet components, an Ididit steering column, gauges by Classic Instruments and a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum evap kit. The build’s name comes from the Ringbrothers owner who enjoyed a close relationship with his uncle. The race-inspired livery continues that theme and will also serve a practical purpose when the car is used on track.

Steele Rubber Products
Steele Rubber Products and Chris Carlson Hot Rods debuted their latest build—a ’53 Buick two-door convertible named “Jolene,” Wednesday, November 4, at the 2019 SEMA Show.

CCHR and Steele Rubber Products Teams ’53 Buick “Jolene” 

Steele Rubber Products and Chris Carlson Hot Rods (CCHR) partnered on their latest build—a ’53 Buick two-door convertible named “Jolene,” which was unveiled Wednesday, November 6, at the 2019 SEMA Show.

“Jolene” features a 401ci Buick Nailhead engine backed with a 700R transmission, air ride with Accuair Suspension E-Leveling, RideTech shocks, Heidts front suspension, Vintage Air climate control, MagnaFlow stainless exhaust wrapped in DEI header wrap, BoomMat insulation, Dakota Digital gauges and cruise control, American Autowire, Rocket Racing wheels, Diamond Back Classics tires, PPG custom mixed paint, IDIDIT steering, a combination of brushed and polished nickel bright work by Ogden Chrome, ’54 Chevy taillights, some mild shaving of emblems and other custom touches, along with a complete custom interior by CCHR. All of these features are protected and cushioned with a full set of Steele Rubber Products weatherstripping and seals.

Troy Trepanier
Troy Trepanier was on hand to reveal a ’59 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Wednesday, November 6, in the Eaton Performance Products booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Rad Rides by Troy ’59 Coupe de Ville

Troy Trepanier was on hand to reveal a ’59 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Wednesday, November 6, in the Eaton Performance Products booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Trepanier, the 2017 winner of SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB), has taken a classic of midcentury car design into the present with the addition of an LSA crate engine topped with an Eaton TVS supercharger, and the setup is said to be good for an estimated 650 hp. Behind the engine is a Bowler race-prepped 4L80E transmission, which powers a GM 12-bolt rearend equipped with an Eaton Detroit Truetrac differential. The Caddy’s leather interior is a custom Rad Rides creation.

Besides winning BOTB, Trepanier has won SEMA awards for Best Paint and Best Design. He has received multiple awards from the O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show and Goodguys Rod & Custom series and his builds have been featured on the cover of magazines, such as Hot Rod and Street Rodder.

Classic Industries
Classic Industries’ ’20 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro.

Classic Industries’ ’20 1,000hp Yenko Camaro 

An example of the all-new ’20 Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro, powered by a custom-built 1,000hp 416-cu.-in. (6.8L) supercharged LT-1-based engine was unveiled Wednesday November 6, in the Classic Industries booth at the 2019 SEMA Show. These cars are based off the Camaro 1SS or 2SS with the 1LE option to include all of the performance features the 1LE offers, including Magnetic Ride Control, Electronic Limited-Slip Differential, Performance-Tuned suspension with unique bushings, springs and stabilizer bars and heavy-duty cooling system, including engine oil cooler, dual outboard radiators, transmission cooler and rear differential cooler. The functional 1LE rear spoiler keeps the rearend firmly planted at speed. The 1LE content also features Recaro Performance Seats. Fifty vehicles will be built, numbered and include a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin.

DS18’s ’14 “Intruder” Jeep Wrangler.

DS18 “Intruder” ’14 Jeep Wrangler

Extreme audio fans will enjoy DS18’s ’14 “Intruder” Jeep Wrangler—a rolling DS18 sound system that produces sound quality designed to rival most live concerts. The vehicle was revealed Wednesday November 6, at the 2019 SEMA Show. The Jeep sports 12 super-tweeters, two 21-in. subwoofers, 18 10-in. exl 104 mids, and six 4-inch compression horns. The speakers are driven by an array of DS18 amps adding up to 30,000 watts of total RMS power. This Jeep travels all over the nation showing off what DS18 sound can really do in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts.

Green Hornet
’68 Green Hornet Shelby GT500.

68 Green Hornet GT500 Shines in the Shell Booth

The legendary ’68 Green Hornet Shelby GT500 is on display at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” Experience. After being restored to factory-spec by Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson, the Green Hornet Shelby GT500 is at the 2019 SEMA Show for the world to see.

The Green Hornet Shelby and Little Red Shelby both acted as prototypes before being presumed lost for years. With the help of Pennzoil, the full restoration of the Green Hornet and Little Red were documented.