The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the world’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry. While the majority of vendors, exhibitors, and attendees are based in the United States, the enthusiasm for muscle cars and big horsepower is a truly global phenomenon.
Last year, we featured the KSV9000 Mustang from Australia. This year, I saw another Aussie builder, Rides by Kam. Based out of Varsity Lakes in Queensland, the guys at Rides by Kam have created this incredible 1970 Nova.
This car makes some serious power! This build begins with a 572 big block Chevy engine with Brodix aluminum heads. Then, throw on a pair of Procharger F2 cog-driven superchargers and you’ve got a beast of an engine that’s pushing out an incredible 1,200 horsepower.
Of course, it’s got all the goodies to handle and stop on a dime. RideTech A-arms and air bags up front give the car its perfect stance, while Brembo six-piston disc brakes with massive 16-inch rotors provide ultra-quick stops with no fade. A four-link suspension in the rear transfers power to the wheels through a Currie rear end.
The car’s blacked-out appearance gives it a mean, sinister look that I’m definitely digging. The interior is all unique with a custom-made dashboard, center console, and rear seat. Everything has been upholstered with high-grade leather.
This car sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2016 for $220,000 USD.
Engine and Driveline
9.4L 572 Big Block Chevy (1200 HP)
Brodix Aluminum Heads
Turbo 400 Transmission
Procharger F2 Cog-Driven Superchargers (2x)
Custom Intercoolers and Radiator
Currie custom housing Tru Trac Centre 3.70 35-spline
Custom 4″ Exhaust
Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Speedtech Front Drop Spindles
RideTech Front A-Arms and Air Bags
Brembo 6-Piston Disc Brakes
Billet Specialties Velocity 20″x8.5″ (front) and 22″x10″ (rear)
Body and Exterior
House of Kolor Jet Black Upper, 5% silver in Lower
Rocker Panels Extended 2″
Custom Rear Quarter Panels
Custom Front/Rear Bumpers
Door Sills Extended 3″
Shaved Door Handles/Locks
Shaved Side Marker Lights
Full custom design hand-made in leather
Custom Dashboard and Center Console
Rear Seat Made from Scratch
Dakota Digital VHX-1100 Instument Cluster