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2012 SEMA Show

A man looks inside the 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford coupe.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A man looks inside the 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford coupe at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
The 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford coupe draws attention at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A front grille detail on the 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford coupe.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Walter Joaquin checks out the headlight well on an unfinished 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford coupe car pack during the SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A man looks inside the 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford Coupe 2012 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Project car at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
Visitors take a close look at products in the Ford area at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A photographer snaps a picture of ’32 Socal Ford Roadster at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
The Hot Wheels Camaro is shown at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show October 30 2012 in Las Vegas.  (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
The Indy Speedster is on display as crowds pack the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A model at the Kosei Racing Wheels booth stands by a car with an Anime cartoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A 1958 Corvette is kept dust-free to show off the shine at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A man looks inside the 1940 “Catch Me If You Can!” Ford Coupe 2012 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Project car at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A 1955 Ford Thunderbird, the 2012 ridley Award winner at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
Trade show participants drive a Chevy Camaro around a small track at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A stretch Dodge Viper in a lot at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
Caleb Ison demonstrates a tire and wheel mounting machine in the Corghi booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
A 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle built by Chris Holstrom is shown at the SEMA Show. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times)
The Jeep Wrangler won Hottest 4x4 SUV at the 2012 SEMA Show.  (SEMA)
The Scion FR-S, like the heavily-modified version seen here, won Hottest Sport Compact honors.  (SEMA)
The Ford F-Series, like the one seen here, won Hottest Truck at the 2012 SEMA Show. (SEMA)
The Ford Mustang, like the example seen here, won Hottest Car at the 2012 SEMA Show. (SEMA)
Why should Ford’s Raptor have all the fun? That’s the thinking behind an aftermarket kit shown at SEMA for 2009 to 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks.  (VWerks)
Made by Michigan-based VWerks, the kit is available in two levels and turns an ordinary Ram into a high-speed, off-road terror.  (VWerks)
The first stage is called the Baja Series conversion. It includes a 1.75-inch leveling kit that brings the nose of the truck up, 20-inch wheels with BFG tires, a rear-tire carrier, KTS front and rear fenders and front bumper with light bar, a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust and leather seats. The price for this gear is a hefty $13,595. (VWerks)
If that’s not enough for you to keep up with your buddy in the Raptor, an additional $16,400 gets you the full-crazy KTS version seen in these pictures.  (VWerks)
In addition to much of the same items as the Baja Series, this monster version gets a KORE ‘Tactical Series’ suspension (with 14-inches of travel and Fox shocks) and 17-inch matte black wheels. (VWerks)
After VWerks shows off its creation at SEMA, the Ram Baja KTS truck you see here will come to Los Angeles, where we’ll get a firsthand look at what it’s like to get it dirty. Stay tuned.  (VWerks)
The toy version of the Hot Wheels Camaro is all grown up in the full-size Chevrolet model. (Chevrolet)
The Hot Wheels Camaro will retail for about $37,000 with a six-cylinder engine and about $44,000 with an eight-cylinder engine. (Chevrolet)
The red Hot Wheels flame logo will adorn the full-size version’s trunk lid. (Chevrolet)
A ghosted flame, inspired by the Hot Wheels logo, is painted on both the Camaro’s rear panels. (Chevrolet)
The 21-inch wheels of the Hot Wheels Camaro have the same red stripe that has been a hallmark of the toy car since it first hit retail shelves in 1968. The striping also outlines the grille. (Chevrolet)
The Hot Wheels Camaro also has a black, body-length stripe that is a combination of glossy and matte black paint. A medium blue paint was selected by Chevrolet because it was popular in a previous-generation Camaro. (Chevrolet)
The Hot Wheels Camaro in motion on asphalt, not a plastic orange track. (Chevrolet)
Mattel’s Felix Holst, right, and Chevrolet’s David Ross inspect the Hot Wheels Camaro. (Chevrolet)
The 2013 Chevy Sonic Dusk will have unique paint, exterior trim, a two-tone leather interior and a turbocharged engine.  (General Motors)
One of three Ford truck tuner projects that will on display at the 2012 SEMA Show.  (Ford Motor Co.)
Chrysler Group previewed some of the 24 concept vehicles it will bring to the 2012 SEMA Show. Clockwise from top left is the SRT Viper, Dodge Charger Juice, Urban Ram and Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser. (Chrysler Group)
Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser: Fiat will show off a heavily-modified 500 convertible concept that would be right at home heading to the beaches of Southern California. This concept has a body that’s been widened by a foot, onto which the company then added a prototype Mopar hood, rear deck lid, and aluminum wheels. A Mopar surfboard rack sits atop the car and the car gets mechanical upgrades like a Mopar cold-air intake and exhaust. (Chrysler Group)
Urban Ram: With the thunderous Dodge Ram SRT-10 no longer in production, Ram looks to fill a bit of that void with this truck. The company adds to the stock Ram 1500’s HEMI engine Mopar parts like headers, a cold-air intake, performance suspension, exhaust and brakes. Aesthetic moxie is added via an aftermarket hood, body kit, tonneau cover and 22-inch wheels.  (Chrysler Group)
SRT Viper: Though the standard car isn’t even on dealer lots yet, SRT is using SEMA to show off a customized version. Under the custom yellow paint are a host of carbon fiber parts, including an engine brace, aero package and an aluminum and carbon fiber engine cover. Mopar springs and suspension tighten the handling while the interior gets hard-shell seats with a safety harness, Mopar shift knob and a camera quick-release mount. (Chrysler Group)
Dodge Dart Carbon Fire: Yes, Fire, not Fiber. Though this concept certainly has a lot of the latter. Looking to spice up its latest sedan, Dodge added a prototype carbon fiber Mopar hood, prototype rear decklid spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels, a Mopar grille, front chin spoiler and daytime-running lights from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.  (Chrysler Group)
Dodge Charger Juice: While it may look like a fairly straightforward Charger, underneath the hood lies plenty of menace. The folks at Chrysler shoehorned in a 650-horsepower Viper V-10 crate motor and then complemented it with a host of Mopar parts including a cold-air intake, a cat-back exhaust, a lowering kit, front spoiler, prototype hood, a grille and 20-inch Mopar wheels. (Chrysler Group)
Chrysler 300 Luxury: This models keeps things relatively subdued. Underneath the unique True Blue paint sits an aftermarket Mopar rear axle and performance springs controlling 20-inch rims. Inside, premium leather is wrapped around the seats and shifter.  (Chrysler Group)
Jeep Grand Cherokee Half and Half: Think of this concept as one half normal, run-of-the-mill Jeep Grand Cherokee, one half over-chromed and hyper-accessorized nightmare from a spending bender at AutoZone. Chrysler Group says the aftermarket half shows of some of the thousands of parts available for Grand Cherokee owners, nearly all of which seems dripping in chrome. Taste sold separately.  (Chrysler Group)
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