Discovery Motor Live Car Reveals

Discovery Motor LIVE at SEMA had some incredible car reveals on November 4, 2019. Here's a look back at some of these jaw-dropping rides.

By: Ashley McNertney

The Pantera: 1987 Detomaso Pantera GT5 S

The engine that Lee Iacocca gave to Shelby in 1987 for their original secret Pantera experiment was found by Beau and his team in a SoCal junk yard, where it had sat dormant for nearly 30 years.

ENGINE: Lee Iacocca’s 30-year-old Chrysler 360ci V8 Banks twin-turbo 5.9 liter engine calibrated at 660hp with top speed of 215mph.

TRANS: Original Restored Pantera Transaxle ZF DS-25/2

TIRES: New stock-spec Perelli tires on original wheels

SUSPENSION: Restored original

The Pantera: 1987 Detomaso Pantera GT5 S

The engine that Lee Iacocca gave to Shelby in 1987 for their original secret Pantera experiment was found by Beau and his team in a SoCal junk yard, where it had sat dormant for nearly 30 years.

ENGINE: Lee Iacocca’s 30-year-old Chrysler 360ci V8 Banks twin-turbo 5.9 liter engine calibrated at 660hp with top speed of 215mph.

TRANS: Original Restored Pantera Transaxle ZF DS-25/2

TIRES: New stock-spec Perelli tires on original wheels

SUSPENSION: Restored original

The Pantera: 1987 Detomaso Pantera GT5 S

The engine that Lee Iacocca gave to Shelby in 1987 for their original secret Pantera experiment was found by Beau and his team in a SoCal junk yard, where it had sat dormant for nearly 30 years.

ENGINE: Lee Iacocca’s 30-year-old Chrysler 360ci V8 Banks twin-turbo 5.9 liter engine calibrated at 660hp with top speed of 215mph.

TRANS: Original Restored Pantera Transaxle ZF DS-25/2

TIRES: New stock-spec Perelli tires on original wheels

SUSPENSION: Restored original

The Crow: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, Starlight Black Edition

Big Chief built The Crow for MegaRace to compete with Richard Rawlings and Alex Laughlin, beating Alex back to back to win. The original Crow got its name because if you race it, you will eat crow.

POWER ADDER: Twin 98mm Precision turbos fed M1 and Nitromethane by VP fuels through the Aeromotive 24GPM mechanical fuel pump

TRANS: Rossler TH400 3speed lock-up with super secret gear ratios

CHASSIS: Built by Don Dial Racecars and Starting Line Motorsports with Kinetic Engineering shocks on all four corners

The Crow: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, Starlight Black Edition

Big Chief built The Crow for MegaRace to compete with Richard Rawlings and Alex Laughlin, beating Alex back to back to win. The original Crow got its name because if you race it, you will eat crow.

POWER ADDER: Twin 98mm Precision turbos fed M1 and Nitromethane by VP fuels through the Aeromotive 24GPM mechanical fuel pump

TRANS: Rossler TH400 3speed lock-up with super secret gear ratios

CHASSIS: Built by Don Dial Racecars and Starting Line Motorsports with Kinetic Engineering shocks on all four corners

The Crow: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, Starlight Black Edition

Big Chief built The Crow for MegaRace to compete with Richard Rawlings and Alex Laughlin, beating Alex back to back to win. The original Crow got its name because if you race it, you will eat crow.

POWER ADDER: Twin 98mm Precision turbos fed M1 and Nitromethane by VP fuels through the Aeromotive 24GPM mechanical fuel pump

TRANS: Rossler TH400 3speed lock-up with super secret gear ratios

CHASSIS: Built by Don Dial Racecars and Starting Line Motorsports with Kinetic Engineering shocks on all four corners

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Custom paint color by Chip Foose and Mitch Lanzini.

ENGINE: Brand new 6.2L V8 LT1 GM engine; 460hp

TRANS: 6 speed GM 6L80 automatic

TIRES: Custom Foose wheels, fronts 20x9s, backs 21x12.5s

SUSPENSION: Stock

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Custom paint color by Chip Foose and Mitch Lanzini.

ENGINE: Brand new 6.2L V8 LT1 GM engine; 460hp

TRANS: 6 speed GM 6L80 automatic

TIRES: Custom Foose wheels, fronts 20x9s, backs 21x12.5s

SUSPENSION: Stock

The Chadillac By Hiltz Auto Co.

Chad was inspired by Harley Earle when he designed The Chadillac. He used cabinet knobs that he picked up from a local junk collector to make the grill sparkle and incorporated a rare wood called Bird’s Eye Maple on the dash.

TIMELINE: 35 Days

STARTED AS: 1957 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Two Door Hardtop

ROOF: Chopped and removed

BODY: Shortened 2 ft.

CHASSIS: Shortened 2 ft.

ENGINE: Original 365 Cadillac V8

PAINT: GM Pastel Blue Effect

The Chadillac By Hiltz Auto Co.

Chad was inspired by Harley Earle when he designed The Chadillac. He used cabinet knobs that he picked up from a local junk collector to make the grill sparkle and incorporated a rare wood called Bird’s Eye Maple on the dash.

TIMELINE: 35 Days

STARTED AS: 1957 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Two Door Hardtop

ROOF: Chopped and removed

BODY: Shortened 2 ft.

CHASSIS: Shortened 2 ft.

ENGINE: Original 365 Cadillac V8

PAINT: GM Pastel Blue Effect

Animalistic: Fully Custom 2019 JEEP

Just days before leaving for SEMA, Animalistic was in a mid-air collision during a race in Florida. Damages include 2 broken shocks and sway bars and a ruined brand new custom stainless header. The nitrous bottle bracket, bars in the chassis, and front right spindle were also bent. Thankfully both drivers walked away with no injuries and an incredible story to tell.

DETAILS: 486ci small block Chevy with nitrous

2 Speed FTI powerglide transmission

FTI 15” drop transfer case

Lightweight 2.5 ton f106 Rockwells with 2” RCV axles

12.4 24 cut and sculpted bkt tires 45” tall

Radial Dynamics hydraulic steering

Hand fabricated body and chassis

Owner/Driver – Chris Libak

Animalistic: Fully Custom 2019 JEEP

Just days before leaving for SEMA, Animalistic was in a mid-air collision during a race in Florida. Damages include 2 broken shocks and sway bars and a ruined brand new custom stainless header. The nitrous bottle bracket, bars in the chassis, and front right spindle were also bent. Thankfully both drivers walked away with no injuries and an incredible story to tell.

DETAILS: 486ci small block Chevy with nitrous

2 Speed FTI powerglide transmission

FTI 15” drop transfer case

Lightweight 2.5 ton f106 Rockwells with 2” RCV axles

12.4 24 cut and sculpted bkt tires 45” tall

Radial Dynamics hydraulic steering

Hand fabricated body and chassis

Owner/Driver – Chris Libak

Animalistic: Fully Custom 2019 JEEP

Just days before leaving for SEMA, Animalistic was in a mid-air collision during a race in Florida. Damages include 2 broken shocks and sway bars and a ruined brand new custom stainless header. The nitrous bottle bracket, bars in the chassis, and front right spindle were also bent. Thankfully both drivers walked away with no injuries and an incredible story to tell.

DETAILS: 486ci small block Chevy with nitrous

2 Speed FTI powerglide transmission

FTI 15” drop transfer case

Lightweight 2.5 ton f106 Rockwells with 2” RCV axles

12.4 24 cut and sculpted bkt tires 45” tall

Radial Dynamics hydraulic steering

Hand fabricated body and chassis

Owner/Driver – Chris Libak

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