Some companies would like you to stop poking your nose in other people's barns and scouring junkyards for rusty project cars they were at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's annual show in Las Vegas and are ready to save you time and, perhaps, money.
The SEMA Show is a lot like a swap meet. The only difference is, everything is new, and you can't buy anything at the show. The trade show is a place for companies to display their latest parts to potential buyers and the press, but the hottest items at the show weren't tires or other parts, but cars. Steel body shells, to be more specific.
The talk of the SEMA Show were the 1967 Mustang fastback body displayed by Dynacorn Classic Bodies, and the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible body from C.A.R.S. Inc., even though the drop-top wasn't at the show.
Dynacorn brought its prototype Mustang body to not only show event attendees, but to give engineers at Ford Motor Co. a final look at the fully assembled product in hopes of gaining licensing approval. According to Larry Brogdin, Dynacorn sales manager, Ford representatives have been watching the fastback's development. If the company gets the nod to build it, the plan is to target other Mustang products.
"Once we get through this year, I want to look at 1969-'70 fastbacks," Brogdin said.
Also shown by Dynacorn was its new steel 1967 Camaro coupe body, which was fresh off a TV show appearance, and a new 1947-'50 Chevy five-window pickup cab. The Camaro coupe will be available in spring for $13,500, and the Chevy truck cab is currently available for $8,995.
Brookville Roadster, trendsetters in the reproduction steel body movement, displayed its 1932 Ford three-window coupe body shell. The car has been available for several months, but the SEMA Show was the first opportunity for many to see the full-fendered car in person.
Rumor has it that some muscle-era Mopar bodies are also in the works. We'll keep you posted.