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An American Icon Restored With Some Modern Updates

By Richard Hail

Josh Sanders of Enumclaw, Washington, was recently handed the keys to the hot-rod shop where he had been working for nearly a decade. The previous owner, Denny Olson, retired after 40 years and had been grooming Sanders to take over his shop.

Sanders is now ready to show off his builder chops for the first time at this year’s SEMA Show. His inaugural entry is a ’59 Corvette that arrived in pieces from a client in California. The three-year-long project allowed Sanders plenty of time to execute on the ideas he pitched to the client, and the results speak for themselves.


The restored Vette retains its heritage with gently massaged body work and some updated features that show off his craftsmanship and attention to detail. Inside the C1 you’ll find custom Classic Instruments gauges, a machined EVOD steering wheel and updated tech in the dash. Exterior modifications include Dapper Lighting LED headlights, EVOD one-off wheels and a pop-up taillight that hides the fuel filler. The engine bay was expertly shaved and tucked with the addition of a custom-made bank of three gauges, evening out the inner fender walls.

Sanders’ vehicle is one of hundreds of custom SEMA Show builds that will compete in the SEMA Battle of the Builders. The competition shines the spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders. It allows enthusiasts and fans a chance to learn the stories behind the builds, get to know the builders and be inspired along the way.

Visit the SEMA Show YouTube Channel for more videos and builder interviews and be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any future episodes.

For more details about the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, visit the SEMA Battle of the Builders website.

Qualified industry personnel who are interested in attending the SEMA Show taking place November 2-5, are invited to register online.