To say there were a lot of cool GM cars at the 2016 SEMA Show would bit a bit of an understatement. It seemed there were nice GM classics of all descriptions everywhere you turned. Many of them were built using OPGI parts, too. Here’s a look at just a few of the many clean vintage GM cars that stood out at the Show this year.
Hector Cisneros (Owner) and his crew at Bill Dunn One Stop Shop, located in Huntington Beach, completely overhauled this 1964 Pontiac LeMans; from exterior to interior!
Coker Tire president and COO Wade Kawasaki’s popular 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge was back at the Show a second time after its debut in 2015. The Coker GTO features a complete restoration using OPGI parts – performed by Bodie Stroud Restorations.
Reiss Racing in Escondido, California used OPGI parts to build its very clean and very high-powered 1972 Chevelle SS.
Dave Harter’s ’70 Chevelle SS is one of a rare few GM pilot cars in existence. A “pilot car” is a car assembled by the factory in front of the regular run of production cars. They were designed for pre-production testing and development and were hand-built, non-numbers-matching vehicles. Dave Harter’s Chevelle SS is one of just 49 pilot Chevelles built for the 1970 model year. It is estimated that out of the 49 cars built, Dave’s is one of a scant dozen that were made available to the public after testing. Some have theorized that Dave’s Chevelle could be the only SS Pilot Car left in existence, and that makes it pretty rare!
Chevrolet Chevrolet Performance built this clean Chevelle featuring an LT376 engine, which is a crate version of the 2017 Camaro’s LT1. The engine is rated at 535 hp and is backed by a Chevrolet Performance 4L75E four-speed automatic transmission.
The 1965 Buick Riviera in the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) booth is powered by a Chevrolet 502 powerplant backed by a Tremec 5-speed transmission. Other notable features include an Art Morrison front clip, Currie Enterprises rear control arms and rear end, and Alloway custom 5-spoke wheels by Billet Specialties.
Many of OPGI’s aftermarket vendors and suppliers were also at the SEMA Show this year and had their own displays. OPGI’s General Manager of Operations, Corey Reuter, was on hand to meet with suppliers in the booth. Below Corey is shown with representatives from Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc. (RPUI) discussing the Trim Parts, PUI and SoffSeal lines carried by OPGI.
Here is a shot of the pulleys, brackets and serpentine systems on display at the March Performance booth.
Classic Performance Products (CPP) was also on hand and displayed their “Week to Wicked” 1967 project Chevelle that went from stock to a full-on pro-touring car in just one week.