It's a '40 Ford with the soul of a GT40, and Eric, our SEMA correspondent, says it's one of the most unusual rods he has ever seen.

The body is handmade from 1.5mm-thick pure copper to a design based on a 1940 Ford Roadster. The copper panels were made in Poland, at a former MiG fighter factory (I'm not making this up!), and then shipped to Kirkham Motorsports in the U.S. for assembly. (Kirkham is a manufacturer of finely-crafted aluminum-bodied Cobra replicas.) More magic after the jump.

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The bodywork is hung on a custom tubular stainless steel chassis of mid-engine/rear wheel drive design, with fully independent dual wishbone front and rear suspension. Other chassis features include Penske racing shocks, Brembo 4-piston brakes, hubs from the 2006 Ford GT, and Kirkham-fabricated billet control arms. Wheels are from the Ford GT - 18x9 front/19x11.5 rear, with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires.

The powertrain is pure Ford GT, using the 2006 Ford GT Modular Engine (5.4-liter, 4-valve, supercharged) and the Ford GT 6-speed transaxle.
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The cockpit features a hand-carved African hardwood dash and trim, with polished aluminum accents and black leather seats.

What an amazing piece of work.
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