Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. 2013 marks the 61st rendition of the massive indoor custom car show. It was also the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ridler Award. We made our annual trek down to Cobo Hall last weekend to check out all of the custom rides. Hit that magical Read More button below to see our gallery of some the best custom Corvettes around.
Entrants in the show range from 100 point, factory-correct fully-restored show cars to all out ultra-high-end customs built by Foose, Trapanier, Coddington and others. There is no limit to the creativity and talent that is on display eah year. Cars being shown for the first time battle it out for selection into the Great 8 with hopes of taking home the prestigious Ridler Award. This year a stunning black on red 1965 coupe was select as one of the “Great 8” finalists for the award. Stay tuned later in the week for our look at that slick whip.
Of course we’re partial to Corvettes, but some of our other favorites included a 1930 Rolls Royce with a Viper V12 motor up front and a collection of nearly half of the previous 49 Ridler award winners. Included in that batch was Jerry Pennington’s famous Scorpion heavily modified C3.
In addition to all of the polished classics, hundreds of vendors were available selling various wares ranging from 4 post lifts to complete restoration services. The Toy-A-Rama section contained thousands of die-casts, models and various toys for children of all ages. The Cobo Hall basement is the home to old school customs as well as traditional and rat rods.
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve already seen a few of the cool Corvettes from Autorama, and now our full gallery is below. We also included in some of our favorite non-vettes for your perusal as well.