Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Two “Odd Rods” from SEMA 2016

Hot rods are typically domestic cars such as a nineteen thirties Fords, but there has been a growth in unusual cars built as hot rod, known as "odd rods." The author found two remarkable examples of "odd rods" at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show held in Las Vegas. 

The first is a 1952 Mercedes Benz 170S, a luxury performance car in its time with a four-cylinder engine that produced 52 horsepower. This custom version owned by Mark Gooden was built by Samson Design of Marshall Missouri. A Ridler “Great Eight” award winner at the 2016 Detroit Autorama, it was displayed in the Axalta paint booth and won one of the Top 5 Gold Award Cars award at the 2016 SEMA Show.


The second 'odd rod' which the author parked outside the south convention hall is a custom 1938 Alfa Romeo called the "Italian Stallion" built by Infinity Motorsports for owner Bart Bartoli of Modesto. Bartoli started with just a 4-door sedan body five years ago and found a chassis that would fit the body which was shortened into a coupe with suicide style doors.

The builders shoehorned a General Motors LS3 engine/4L60E transmission combination under the hood.  The car was painted by Gene Winfield and Showtime Upholstering trimmed out the interior.  This beauty placed 10th earlier this year in the “Hot August Nights Cup” competition in Reno Nevada.
All photos by the author

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