Staff Picks: Weirdest 2013 SEMA Show Cars

Motor Trend Staff
Nov 7, 2013
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
Photo 2/24   |   Badger Airbus Co Bus Front View
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.

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