It's tough to imagine what was going on inside the heads of the people responsible for the strange 2013 SEMA show cars featured here. After two days of exploring the aftermarket-focused auto show's many displays, staffers have come up with a short list of the weirdest sheetmetal to roll into Las Vegas.
Badger Airbrush Co. Bus
Nate Martinez: This bus is equal parts cool and weird. Look closely at its paint to notice the subtlest details in the countless skulls. I also dug the mean doggy hood ornament.
DJ Booth Kia Soul
Mike Floyd: Outrageous, bizarre, and otherwise wacky automotive creations are strewn about the SEMA show convention floor every year, and the DJ Booth Kia Soul is a classic example of one of those vehicles. But this FrankenKia was also very well executed. First, the top was cut out and the rear seats were removed so a platform could be built for the DJ can stand up and spin from. Of course, all manner of Pioneer sound/DJ equipment and speakers were scattered all around the vehicle, including a set of speakers in the front bumper. And a purple-people-eating paint job helps complete the look. This car is loud, crazy, and very well executed. Exactly what SEMA is supposed to be all about.
1919 La Bestioni
Alex Nishimoto: If I could pick two best-in-shows, the weird and wonderful 1919 La Bestioni would be right up there with the 1971 "ADRNLN" Pantera. The huge two-door began life as a 1919 American LaFrance fire truck, but when builder Gary Wales found it rotting away in a field he had the idea to transform it into the unique vehicle you see here. The car is powered by a 14-liter six-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission, and features chain-driven rear wheels and modern disc brakes. The 20-foot-long car is covered with vintage grille badges, and has the coolest hood ornament I've ever seen.
MAX-D Monster Truck
Jason Udy: Few vehicles stopped the crowd like the Maximum Destruction, aka MAX-D, monster truck in the Spectra Chrome booth. While outrageous monster trucks are common, MAX-D features an enormous three-dimensional chrome skull across the doors and a spiked body. The monster truck is powered by a 1500-hp 540 cubic-inch Merlin engine backed by a two-speed Coan transmission. Driven by 11-time world champion Tom Meents, the monster truck is celebrating a decade of Maximum Destruction.
Which of these 2013 SEMA show cars do you think is the strangest? Don't miss our Best and Worst of 2013 SEMA article here.