Wednesday, March 16, 2016

James Hetfield’s ‘Aquarius’ at SEMA 2015

Rock musician James Hetfield’s ‘Aquarius’ custom, built by Rick Dore’s RD Kustoms, was on display in one of the hallways at the SEMA 2015 show at Las Vegas. The basis of the stunning automobile is an Art Morrison-modified 1934 Packard chassis, riding on an air bag suspension powered by the obligatory crate Chevrolet LS-1 engine.
The flowing aluminum bodywork, based on the French coachbuilders Figoni & Falaschi’s   1938 New York World’s Fair Delahaye 165 Cabriolet show car, was built by Marcel’s Custom Metal of Corona California. ‘Aquarius’ was first shown without paint at the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show, and is indeed a roadster, with a lift-off hardtop. Not clearly visible in the photographs by the author are the full pontoon fenders which enclose both the front and rear wheels.        

The author's opinion- dramatic bodywork, but no imagination when it came to the engine choice.  

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