Most of SEMA focused on forward-thinking modifications, but in and amongst the conspicuous show cars were some authentic and very important classics. For instance, the blogosphere completely missed the first Shelby Cobra Prototype which was on display in between the halls. This car, CSX0001, remains in largely original condition and has been retained by Shelby from new.
Not far from the Cobra was another car which launched a corresponding series. On display was one of Jack Roush’s first modified Mustangs. This red 1995 prototype was the inspiration behind his comprehensive Mustang program which began two years later. Also displayed was the Lawman 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 which is one of the most radical from era.
For GM fans, two new continuation cars were present. The first by GM themselves to showcase their new engine and electronics package called E-ROD. The new engine, computer, cats, gas pedal and fuse box were put into a Superformance Corvette Grand Sport to show what was possible. E-ROD might be a solution for the new Scarab Continuation Car which is delivered without engine or transmission.