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The Muscle Cars of SEMA Show 2018

What characterizes SEMA Show from any other tuned or aftermarket show in the world is the presence of American Classic Cars. Arab Motor World brings you the best American Classic Muscle Cars of SEMA Show 2018.

The American Classic Muscle Cars at SEMA has a special flavor and is also a trendsetter for paint, styling, low riders, classic restorations, crazy upgrades and pure restorations of genuine parts.

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Arab Motor World was there at SEMA and did a tour in the inside halls as well as the outdoor area and I can truly say I was impressed with the new trends being set for the upcoming few years.

What captures your attention is the presence of all American brands from FCA with Dodge, Chrysler to Ford and Lincoln, General Motors with Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette and so much more.

Even aftermarket brands brought in some crazy stuff to impress the audience of SEMA with Hurst bringing in his all-new creation of 1969 Camaro SS, Ringbrothers showing off there last two years’ masterpieces the Di Tomaso and the AMC Javelin with more than 1000 horsepower.

And if this is not enough, the Hot Rods spread everywhere is what makes your head turn at every corner, what we’ve noticed are the new designs being implemented on Hot Rods that reminded us with Mad Max movie in addition to the rusty rat rod concepts.

SEMA show is all about trends and the Classic American Muscle Cars at SEMA Show 2018 and the superb Hot Rods are setting customization and restoration trends for the years 2018 and 2019 until the next SEMA show takes place in Las Vegas next November.

So gear up from now and prepare yourself for next year’s SEMA and join us to discover the best American Classic Muscle cars of SEMA Show 2018 and 2019 alongside the crazy Hot Rods not seen anywhere else in the world.

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1978 Camaro Z/28

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1978

Owner : Wadih el Marj
Country : Lebanon
Member of : EL Mafia

When you talk about muscle cars the first name that pops into your head is Camaro then you fill in the blank whether RS/SS/Z-28…

Wadih el Marj himself owner of several muscle cars including 1979 Trans AM and this amazing Camaro Z/28 takes pride in owning this specific machine as it is almost brand new, the paint job is still factory white paint and the interior is bright white leather making this iconic beast deserving the name Snow-white Brutal.

For those of you that are new in the muscle car universe, this baby is a second generation Camaro.

GM introduced for the first time the Camaro in 1966 and lasted till 1969 as first generation, the second generation began in 1970-1981 followed by 3rd, 4th, 5th and nowadays the 6th generation is roaming our streets.

The 2nd generation 1978 Camaro Z/28s has a non-functional hood scoop with outlining decals and featured a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor that produced 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque coupled to either a 4-speed manual or a TH-350 3-speed automatic.

Another first for 1978 was the introduction of T-Tops option on the Z/28 similar to Wadih’s Camaro.

Also available models included the base Sport Coupe, Type LT, Z28, and the return of the Rally Sport. The Rally Sport (not badged RS as in previous years) featured a standard two-tone paint treatment.

SPECS:

  • Engine: 6-Cylinder 350 ci
  • Turbo Hydromantic Transmission TH 350
  • Snow White Brutal Z/28
  • 175 Horsepower
  • 280 Nm Torque
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1973 Firebird Formula-350 The Orange Autumn

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Make : General Motors
Model : Pontiac Firebird Formula-350
Year : 1973

Owner : Abdulla Isa Oraik
Country : Bahrain
Member of : Gulf Muscle Cars Group

In 1973, a lot has changed for the world of muscle cars; with the new federal regulations and the oil crisis, American car manufacturers had to reduce power, change designs and add stuff to their vehicles to make it more compatible with the new regulations.

Despite these changes that marked the downfall of the great muscle car era, General Motors Pontiac division was making a noticeable increase in sales compared to the year 1972 and was able to also introduced the all-mighty 455 Super Duty during that same year.
One of these best-selling Pontiac cars in 1973 was the Pontiac Firebird Formula-350.

The 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula-350 is part of the 2nd generation of General Motors Pontiac division production that started in 1970 and ended in 1981 leaving room for new generations of the legendary Firebird.

Only 4771 were made that year, the Pontiac Firebird Formula looks exactly like a Trans AM without the screaming chicken and had about one only difference that is the heavy body cladding that the Trans Am wore on the sides. The 1973 Firebirds looked much the same as their 1972 counterparts, but there were some changes out front, such as a new “egg crate” grille and a revised Endura bumper, to meet ever-increasing Federal bumper mandates.

The 1973 Firebirds looked much the same as their 1972 counterparts, but there were some changes out front, such as a new “egg crate” grille and a revised Endura bumper, to meet ever-increasing Federal bumper mandates.

Our 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula-350 is almost original as the current owner is the 2nd owner since 1973.

It comes equipped with a 350 cu in (5.7 L) Pontiac V8 producing 150hp and has an amazing Navajo Orange exterior paint and an astonishing white leather interior.

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1969 Camaro Z28 “The Yellow Monster”

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Make : General Motors
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1969

Owner : Mustapha Khaled El Merhebi
Country : Lebanon
Member of : El MAFIA Car Club

This 1969 Camaro Z28 comes equipped with 302ci engine V8 generating 290hp & 393 Nm of Torque @ 4,500 RPM.

The engine has a compression Ratio of 11.0:1 on pistons and comes equipped with Muncie 21 Aluminum Casing, Aluminum radiator with electric fan and a 650 CFM carburetor from Eddlebrock and is coped with a manual 4-speed Transmission 3:73 Rear End Gears, in addition to stainless steel exhaust system and dual back pipes.

The Yellow Monster has Pro touring Suspension Kit from Classic Performance Product ( CPP ) – Stage IV and an upgraded Chassis and Brakes Systems, as follows :
–  Front Upper and Lower Arms
–  New Lowered Coil Springs
–  QA1 Gas Adjustable Height Shocks
–  New Performance Sway Bars with a Lowered Performance Look
–  New Leaf Springs
– Hotchkis Subframe Connectors
–  Dynamat Sound/Heat Deadner inside the Camaro
–  MCPV-1 Master Cylinder and Chrome Power Brake Booster
–  500 Series New Power Steering Box with 14.1 Ratio
–  13″ Drilled Rotors on Front Brakes with Two Large Pistons and 11″ Drilled Rear Rotors with Single Piston.
–  New Brakes and Fuel Lines

To give an even greater look, the Yellow Monster has a set of Chromed Rims of 17×8″ on the Rear from Rocket (Booster Chrome) Series and 17 x7″ on the Front fitted with BF Goodrich Tires Rear Size P255-45/17 and 235-45/17 on the Front.

All original interior and exterior parts and trims are supplied by Year One Products- Braselton–Georgia.
The body is painted with Crazy Banana Yellow Color – Dupont Paint

It took us almost 7 Years to do a complete Nut & Bolt Rotisserie Restoration, in order to bring it up to this level of a  Show Muscle Car – said Mustafa El Merhbi

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1979 Camaro Z/28 From Bahrain

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Make : General Motors
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1979

Owner : Mohamed Saeed AlAbadi
Country : Bahrain
Member of : Gulf Muscle Cars Group

The 1979 General Motors Camaro Z28 is a second generation Camaro that was produced from 1970 till 1981.

The 2nd generation of Camaros passed through lots of changes throughout the 11 years of production.

One of the best and most sold models was the 1979 Z/28.

Mohamed Saeed AlAbadi’s Camaro comes equipped with a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 engine.

All restored to the original state with minor modifications on the audio system to include modern state of the art full-screen DVD and player.

It is an original car with slight modification at the audio system where I tend to keep it as original as I could from the outside.
A ride that drew a smile on kids and elders.- said Mohamed

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1971 Dodge Challenger, The Best American Muscle Car 2014

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Make : Dodge
Model : Challenger
Year : 1971

Owner : Farouk el Khalil
Country : Lebanon

These days, the 1971 Dodge Challenger is a rare car and not easy to find on the roads.

What’s so special about this car is the fact that there are several features that make it even rarer. It comes equipped with a 440 Magnum, convertible roof top, manual 4-gear Pistol Grip, factory A/C and the rear disc brakes an option at the time.

Very few cars were manufactured to such specifications, the engine even with its high output power was upgraded with an even higher output kit taking its normal 380-400 HP engine to 525 HP.

In 2014 the 1971 Dodge Challenger was awarded the Best Retro American Muscle Car for the year 2014 at Lebanon Motorsport and Tuning Show last August.

This rare car was purchased in 1971 from the dealer in Lebanon, it was swapped in many hands until I found it in 2001- said Farouk

The last owner had modified it to non-standard conditions, after researching the original specifications, as I do with all my cars, I fully restored it to its original specifications and colors with all original parts from USA – added Farouk

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1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible The Classic Whale

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Image Credit : Hani Al Sultan and Mohammad Al-Badeen

Make : General Motors
Model : Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
Year : 1976

Owner : Yahya AL-Banna
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group

This is an unrestored fully original 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible front-wheel drive equipped with full options.

It has very low mileage almost 1700 miles, this vehicle spent its life hidden in California’s bunkers and is one of the few surviving low mileage original-state Cadillac’s.

The Exterior color is Georgian Silver Poly that comes with a black original leather interior.

The uniqueness of this car comes from the fact that 1976 was the year were manufactures introduced the electronic fuel injection system and the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was one of the lucky few to run it on its engine.

I purchased this car from its original owner in 2012 with only 1300 miles on it; I love it because these are very soft smooth cars to ride. When you drive this type of cars, you feel like driving a big boat – said Yahya

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1972 Camaro Z/28 The Blues Fever

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Make : General Motors
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1972

Owner : Carlos Dekermenjian
Country : Lebanon

The 1972 GM Camaro is a pony car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, this 1972 vehicle is part of the second-generation Chevrolet Camaro produced from the 1970 through 1981 model years.

In 1972 several Chevy Camaors were produced having different types of engine such as 250 straight-six engine with a Rochester one-barrel carburetor generating 110 horsepower with 185 pound-feet of torque, also the 120 horsepower 307 Turbo-Fire V-8 had a bore and stroke of 3.87 inches by 3.25 inches.

This particular Camaro came with the 350 small-block had a 4-inch bore with a 3.48-inch stroke. It generated 165 horsepower with 280 pound-feet of torque.

Almost Vin matching, this car was amazingly restored and brought back to the streets of Lebanon by its owner Carlos who did an extraordinary job in the restoration process.

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1977 General Motors Corvette (C3), The Blue Blues

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Make : General Motors
Model : Corvette C3
Year : 1977

Owner : Carlos Dekermenjian 
Country : Lebanon

The 1977 GM Corvette is part of the C3 generation which was produced from 1968-1982.

The 1977 model featured lots of great improvement over its precedents; the interior leather option became standard, the two flags Corvette emblem replaced the Stingray emblem on the front and side, the shift lever was moved one inch upwards and 2 inches closer to the dashboard allowing more room for the driver and so the drivers’ hand no longer touch the handbrake while shifting.

For this specific Blue Corvette 1977, owned by Carlos Dekermenjian from Lebanon, is a fully restored Corvette Vin matching number with minor upgrades.

It runs on an 350 L-82 engine with Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley performance carburetor and hooker headers, equipped with original 15×8.5 centerline alloys and BF Goodrich 255/60/15 and 245/60/15.

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1959 Ford Thunderbird, The Classic T-Bird