Some of the finest cars and trucks in the United States make the annual trek to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and 2013 was no different.
We were there this year with Summit Racing’s social media team, which has been sharing various rides from SEMA on the Summit Racing Facebook page and asking whether you considered it the best vehicle from the show.
And with thousands of votes tallied, we have the best vehicles from SEMA 2013, as voted by you.
You guys fell in love with trucks this year. Four of the top five.
What does that mean? Probably that there’s no wrong way to hot rod. But you already know that.
Here’s your top five.
The Top 5 Vehicles from SEMA 2013
5. 1954 GMC COE “Fermented Fruit”
It’s okay to double-take. We did. This beast was built from the ground up in 10 (10!!!!!!) days. It’s powered by a 450-horsepower 6BT Cummins single-turbo engine. The original truck was used on a fruit farm (thus the name), and many components from the farm are featured in the fabrication.
“Fermented Fruit” features a dually rearend, airbag suspension and 20-inch wheels. It will be part of a 2014 Discovery Channel show.
4. 1932 Muroc Roadster
This Chip Foose creation dubbed “Magnatude” was a popular head-turner at the SEMA Show. Where are the headlights? We’re not sure either. But knowing Mr. Foose, we’re betting he did something rad like tuck them behind the grille.
Only 20 total production Muroc roadsters were made. This one featured Muroc badging on the pedals, interior door panels and gauges. It swept all three major Goodguys Rod & Custom Association awards in 2010, making it the first vehicle to do so in the same year. It was named the 2010 Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance, Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year, and Goodguy’s America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod.
Magnatude features a Chevy LS3 engine with an intercooled Magnacharger and Tremec 6-speed.
3. 1969 Chevrolet C10
That little yellow sign reads: “This truck guarantees you will find a girlfriend and feel great about your life.” Just kidding. It doesn’t say that. But it should. Right? Right.
Craftsman teams up with Roadster Shop to build this 1969 Chevy C10, which will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson with proceeds going to Heroes at Home. The four-month promotional build resulted in this immaculate beauty, which won the 2013 GM Design Award at SEMA.
The C10 is powered by an LS3 engine that was dynoed at 550 horsepower.
2. Aluminum Dually Hauler
Random observation: Dozens of people say “That’s not a rat! That’s a piece of junk!” “Nope! Not for me!” “That’s the worst thing, ever! I hate it! What a terrible ride!”
But, guess what? It got the second-most votes out of any of the vehicles we saw at SEMA. #differentstrokes.
You really have to observe the Aluminum Dually Hauler to respect the build. Cutworm Specialties took six months just to build the all-aluminum body and bed, helping the ride win the inaugural “Ride Your Hauler to SEMA” contest.
Cutworm Specialties built the suspension, spindles, axle and lug nuts from scratch. The interior is completely hand-made, including the seats, dash, steering wheel and pedals. The rear axle and 19.5-inch wheels are from a motor home. And the hauler is uniquely and adequately powered by a 1967 Lincoln 460 V8 engine with built C6 transmission that produces between 575 and 600 horsepower.
It might not be a rat rod. It might not be for you. But there’s no denying how awesome it is.
1. 1957 Chevrolet Short Bed “Quicksilver”
This ’57 got the most votes for your favorite vehicle at SEMA 2013, proving beyond doubt that the hot-rodding world is the most-perfectly diverse place in the world. Because whether you like pristine, $100,000-plus show cars, or rusted out rats; whether you like classic street rods, American muscle, huge big-power rigs, Ford, Chevy, Mopar, racing, off-roading, motorcycles, all of the above, or none of the above, there is SOMETHING for you in this automotive world we live in.
“Quicksilver” was a Great 8 finalist for The Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama. But you named her the best vehicle of SEMA 2013, beating out the Ridler Award-winning “Checkered Past.” She’s armed with a 540-cubic-inch big block engine, so she does a little more than just look good.
Nothing on this ‘57 Chevy Short Bed is stock. Every metal body panel was reshaped by fabricator Jason Smith, and the engine is highlighted by the foot-tall velocity stacks of a Crower mechanical fuel injection system, which has been modified to a modern EFI unit.
Did you make it to SEMA this year? If so, what was your favorite car? Have you seen something else in Summit Racing’s SEMA 2013 photo gallery that you feel is the best car from the show? Share your feelings with the rest of us in the comments below!
Some very nice cars!