Although the in-person SEMA show event in Las Vegas was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parts of the trade show were available online via SEMA360. The annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition also went forward, with the world’s best auto customizers vying for a spot in the limelight with their best and brightest bespoke automobiles. Taking home the top prize was Brady Ranweiler’s outrageous 1963 Chevrolet Custom Two-Door Wagon, which, as we can see here, is simply dripping with top-shelf work and cool details.
Ranweiler’s custom Chevrolet is the first wagon to take the win in the seven-year history of the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, and it’s certainly well-deserved. Produced by the family-owned Show Cars Automotive in New Ulm, Minnesota, this custom started life as a 1963 Chevrolet four-door station wagon. Now, however, after a lengthy build process that lasted nearly a decade, it’s a whole lot more.
Under the skin is an Art Morrison chassis, while a 509 cubic-inch Chevy Big Block engine provides the grunt. Naturally, the powerplant received a wild underhood treatment with individual conical intakes and glossy red paint.
While the exterior still looks vaguely like a 1963 Chevrolet wagon, closer inspection reveals an outrageous number of details and cool details, starting with a two-door body conversion. Custom glass from A&M Hot Rod Glass complements the new body style, while the body was channeled over the new frame. The whole thing is painted a deep shade of black.
A full custom interior from M&M Auto Interiors with a red and black treatment adds to the Chevrolet’s custom aura, while one-off wheels from EVOD Industries are wrapped in Pirelli tires, housing 14-inch Wilwood brakes.
It’s an impressive build, no doubt about it, and the win comes as icing on the cake after such a lengthy, detail-oriented build process.
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