Copper at the 2016 SEMA show
The use of copper plating was a recurrent theme among the show cars at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas, and today we share a trio of examples as photographed by the author.
This car dubbed “SteamPunk” on display in the Factory Five Racing booth was built by West Coast Auto Craft for owner Greg Clouse based on the Factory Five “33 Hot Rod” kit.
The car is powered by a Ford 510 cubic inch engine nestled in a 112-inch steel tube frame chassis.
The body with too many louvers to count was finished in Spies Heck “deep black” paint accented by the copper plated pieces finished by Ogden Chrome.
In the Wet Sounds booth we found this radical Cadillac Series 62 coupe known as “D Lac.” which was radically chopped and lowered via an air suspension system
The powerplant is this turbocharged Cummins 12-valve engine rated at 1000 horsepower.
It looked like the car wasn’t totally completed in time for its unveiling at SEMA 2016 as it was displayed minus windows and an unfinished interior- or was that the style?
Last but not least was the “Durty 30” an all-steel 1930 Ford Model A roadster fitted with Kompressor brand forged wheels and ostrich skin roof covering. The grille was credited to a 1941 Hudson Terraplane, a confusing claim since Terraplanes were last built in 1938.
Owner Joe Cannon told us that the car is powered by supercharged LS engine rated at 700 horsepower and it uses “IndyCar style” pushrod suspension.