Old Iron, New Again: Our Favorite Vintage Sleds at SEMA [2013 SEMA Show]

Coolest Vintage Sleds: Old Iron is New Again at the 2013 SEMA Show

The 2013 SEMA show and the movie Forrest Gump have a little something in common: like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Each year, car lovers, automotive artists, inveterate tinkerers, and hot rodders alike from far and wide (even France) convene at the Las Vegas Convention Center to celebrate the art and technique of enhanced personal transportation. Show cars are often as wacky as Vegas. The rallying cry: Build it because you can. Here’s a sampling of a few of the more seasoned show vehicles that caught our, uh, attention.

1957 Cadillac Brougham Star Shark

1957 Cadillac Brougham Star Shark

America was just four years from putting its first astronaut in space whens the Pininfarina-penned 1957 Eldorado Brougham first graced Cadillac showrooms. The Star Shark takes the jutting fins and sharp angles of the big, long Caddy a step further with slammed suspension, black disc wheels, a dual-cowl interior, and a foursome of center-exit exhaust cannons.

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1966 Fiberfab Azteca “Lil’ Chap”

Eckert’s “Lil’ Chap” honors the Chaparral 2, a collaboration of General Motors and Texas racer Jim Hall. The lightweight mid-engine racer runs an Eaton-blown 140 cubic-inch Corvair air-cooled six capable of 275–350 horsepower, a specially prepared Powerglide transmission, and a custom-designed driveline and suspension rolling on Michelin-shod 17

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