As the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show comes to a close, there's only one thing left to do : Divvy out bragging rights. Here are my picks for the top 10 Extreme Custom Cars from SEMA :
Custom Car 1. 1963 Corvette
It's hard to believe that under all that under all the graphics and performance parts this used to be classic small block Chevy. The heart of this mighty machine is a 400 cubic inch twin turbo V8. When fully spooled, it makes...2200 horsepower. (Let that sink in for a few seconds). The engine bay had to be extended and hood modified to house the new power-plant. According to Rod Saboury, the owner, it's the fastest street-legal car in the world. And it still has factory roll-up headlights and cup-holders.
Custom Car 2. Blastolene B-702
This picture is worth more than 1000 words. This amazing work of art was designed by the Blastolene Brothers ( Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb), the same masterminds behind Jay Leno's "Tank Car." It sits at 19.5 feet long and 94 inches wide. One look at the size of the hood and the number of tubes on the headers should give you a slight hint to the 702ci V12 that's hiding underneath. Everything sits on a custom made frame. Toss in the leather interior and custom made trimmings and you have the hottest car on the road.
Custom Car 3. 1950 "Mercules"
All the way from Australia comes a custom 1950 Mercury. This blue beauty has seen over 175 body modifications to get where it is today, one of which chopped off 4 inches of headroom. Adding to the already outstanding combination is a 6.8 liter supercharged V10. That potent power-plant drives the 1950 Merc to the front of the line when it comes to custom hot rods.
Custom Car 4. Pontiac Solstice SD-290
Ah the forgotten days of racing. This concept from Pontiac looks like a modern version of the 1930's style race cars and it's built like one too. It comes from the factory with a 4 point racing harness, no windshield and a built in roll bar. Don't plan on taking your date out in this either, there's no passenger seat. Holding it to the road is a set of 19" wheels wrapped in Hoosier Racing Tires. Good thing too because the Turbo 2.0 liter Ecotec lays down close to 300 horsepower.
Custom Car 5. Mercedes SL 600
This new Mercedes is extreme in a whole new way. It was extremely time consuming to build. Even though SEMA wasn't the first time the public saw this SL 600, it still got a ton of attention. How could you miss is with over 300,00 Swarovski crystals covering the exterior. Even the interior got some crystal accents. At least you will never lose your car at night anymore.
Custom Car 6. 1988 Caprice
An '88 Caprice on 30 inch Asanti wheels, enough said. All of the suspension components are either chromed of painted to match the House of Kolor Violet Kandy body coat. The interior is made of white leather and purple suede. Under the hood is a 400 cubic inch small block fitted with a Wieland Supercharger and fed by a pair of Holly Dominators.
Custom Car 7. Mercedes R500
Extreme Audio is the name of this game. Alpine’s Advanced Application R&D team is unbeatable when it comes to innovation and installation of the newest audio goodies. This year they chose the R500 to show-off their latest Signal Processing Technology. The R500 was also an accomplishment for the engineers who installed everything. The doors were turned to suicide and attached to the front seats. Even more amazing is the front seats swivel to make entering and exiting the vehicle easier. Resting in the truck is a motorized rack holding 6 of Alpines PDX amplifiers that rotates out for display purposes.