Best of 2013 SEMA Show, Day One: From Bugattis Real and Fake to a Bisimoto-Tuned Minivan

1939 Bugatti Type 7C

Viva Las Vegas! We’re back slumming it in the desert for the annual SEMA show, wearing out the soles of our shoes this week to bring you the coolest, craziest, and downright strangest automobilia we can find. During our first full day on the show floor, we stumbled across some pretty varied stuff, but variety is the spice of SEMA, so that’s why our first 2013 Best Of list includes everything from a golf cart to a Gene Simmons–fettled pickup truck. Because SEMA. Enjoy!

1939 Bugatti Type 57C

Okay, so a Bugatti Type 57C might be the least SEMA-y car to ever have graced the Las Vegas Convention Center—save for a stock beige mid-1990s Toyota Camry, perhaps—but we don’t care. It’s a freakin’ 1939 Bugatti! The car-care specialists at Meguiar’s managed to wrangle this gorgeous art deco masterpiece from the Petersen museum in California for the show, and we swooned. (Meguiar’s is the official car-care products provider to the museum, which no doubt helped grease the wheels for this rare loan.) This car was originally gifted to the Prince of Persia by the French government, which commissioned its bodywork from French coachbuilder Vanvooren. It fell into disrepair and went into private hands in the 1950s, allegedly for just $250; several owners and a full restoration later, it sits in the Petersen collection and is valued between $15 and $20 million.

Delahaye USA Pacific

Delahaye USA Pacific

This ’30s Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic look-alike is as unreal as that Type 57C convertible was real. It’s essentially a modern knock-off of the Atlantic coupe, an example of which recently brought an astounding $40 million at auction. (We dig the clever tongue-in-cheek opposite game the Pacific name plays with the actual Bugatti’s.) Offered by Delahaye USA, the Pacific is much more fleshed out than the average copycat car: It has a tubular steel chassis wrapped with retro-cool carbon fiber and composite bodywork, and the engine is a BMW V-12 mated to a four-speed BMW transmission. Old-school touches include skinny 3.5

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