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SEMA Show Highlights for the Muscle Car Minded

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:10 pm
by scottm

SEMA Show Highlights for the Muscle Car Minded ... ar-minded/
Looking for resto muscle? The SEMA Show is not where you want to be, as most of the automotive aftermarket companies who display their wares in the Las Vegas Convention Center every year are more interested in what’s to come, not what has been. We were glad to see new restoration products during our visits with Classic Industries/OER and Original Parts Group Inc., and we’ll be sharing those with you in the months to come. But for now, here are a few muscle-adjacent products making news.


Hands down, the biggest news we found at the SEMA Show was Mopar’s introduction of the Hellephant, a 426ci, supercharged, Gen III Hemi crate engine that puts out 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque. The name is a portmanteau of Hellcrate, Mopar’s previous horsepower champ engine kit, and Elephant, the nickname given to 426 Hemis back in the day. Mopar intends the alloy Hellephant to be transplanted in pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, meaning it isn’t smog-legal for your daily driver, sorry. As it did with the Hellcrate, Mopar has developed an installation kit for the Hellephant for virtual plug-and-play installation, says the company.

Mopar displayed (and fired up) one of the Hellephant motors at a SEMA Show press conference, where it also pulled the wraps off the swoopy Super Charger concept car, a much-massaged 1968 Charger fitted with the Hellephant and a T-6060 six-speed manual trans from a Challenger SRT Demon. The Hellephant goes on sale in the first quarter of 2019; visit to get yours.


GSS Hellcat

Fifty years ago Norm Kraus worked with Hurst in the creation of the 440-powered M-code Dart. Also in 1968, Hurst collaborated with Oldsmobile to produce the first Hurst/Olds. In celebration of those two events, Hurst Heritage by GSS is offering a limited edition (50, natch) Challenger Hellcat Widebody painted in the same Peruvian Silver/Tuxedo Black as the first-year Hurst/Olds cars. GSS Supercars’ Larry Weiner told us they painstakingly reproduced the two-tone scheme and mimicked details that only a diehard H/O lover would appreciate. It took the GSS team 14 months to get the display car from Dodge, as it was a manual transmission model—necessary to install a “real Hurst shifter.” Weiner estimates each car will take eight weeks to build, at a cost of $36,000 over the price of the Challenger. Learn more at
I will never pass up the opportunity to share more Hellephant photos!

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