• Nov 1, 2006
SEMA may have been overrun with sport compacts and speaker boxes years ago, but the hot rod still rules and the Foose Hemisfear found at the DaimlerChrysler display is one of the best we've seen this trip. It's a car that's captivating from every angle. From the exposed carbon fiber to the glass-top roof to the completely exposed steering and braking hardware that's polished brighter than your grandma's Sunday silver, the Hemisfear will not let you break eye-contact until you've inspected every inch of it. Eventually you'll find your way to the rear where Chrysler's new HEMI 392 crate motor resides amidship under the aforementioned glass top roof. The engine itself is a work of art, though its 500 horsepower and 472 ft-lbs. of torque are meant for more than just display. What's unusual about the Hemisfear compared to most of the other cars at SEMA is that you can actually buy it. It will be sold as unfinished kit from Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters. In fact, this particular one is under private ownership.

You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check out the Hemisfear gallery after the jump.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Did Boyd Coddington die?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Positively awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      there needs to be a weekly Gaffoglio show on Speed & include all their cars, specially the Atlantic. Amazing how they,ve kept such a low public profile . Of course we buffs (until now) were not their prime target.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Qoow.... quite impressive! Love the rear and the canopy: great car! How much would that kit cost? ...send me one... :")
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe the boydster 3 is Chip Foose's design and he has the rights to it.

      IRC the fallout between Boyd and Chip stems back to Chip leaving to start his own company and taking his designs (intellectual property) with him.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Take a 34 Ford front end and a Fiat Spyder back end, put the top of a Dodge Neon on it and over think everything else. Pass it off as "your" design. = profit. Granted he is a very successful hack, but a hack none the less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i'm thinking

      Maybe Foose out to come up with his own car company. i am willing to bet they will be the hot rods of the modern era
      • 8 Years Ago
      Imagine this.....Boyd and Chip building something together!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ever watch American Hot Rod? Coddington is a dick. Long live Foose.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was just kidding about boyd being dead. But hell this car must be a kick in the groin for him, it looks as good if not better than most of the boydsters and its A KIT! How cool is that!

      Whatever flap it was that cause chip foose to stop working for boyd is unknown to me. But I know it was bitter. This car must be some ultimate salt in the wound.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And to think I wanted one of those Volvo roadsters from earlier today.

      Me like. Me want. Where do I sign?

      PS: Wonder how loud that engine is with the velocity stacks sitting about 2 feet from the driver's head?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great car, nice work by team Foose as usual. But man, can they please put the Foose logo on the car in a few more places? It would be a shame if someone saw it and didn't know who built it.
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