HomeThe MarketBodie Stroud shows GTO Judge, and two more at SEMA

Bodie Stroud shows GTO Judge, and two more at SEMA


unnamed (6)
Bodie Stroud-built 1970 GTO Judge | Matthew FInk Photo

Few people had heard of Bodie Stroud until he showed up at the SEMA Show in 2009 with a 1960 Ford Starliner that had a real Ford GT40 engine mounted midship.

“It was an insane build,” Stroud told Classic Car News earlier this year, but a build that not only won top honors from Ford but propelled Bodie Stroud Industries into the hierarchy of  custom car builders.

Stroud was back at SEMA last week, and this time with another sort of insane effort, debuting three cars at the show. Those cars were a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie and a 1967 Ford Mustang fastback.

unnamed (5)
Stroud and GTO-owner Wade Kawasaki at debut | Matthew Fink Photo

“I’ve never had more than two cars here, so three on a tight deadline was tough,” Stroud said. “We pulled a few 24-hour shifts to get here.”

In an amazingly short three months of the day, the GTO Judge, a 44,000-mile original, underwent a full frame-off restoration to come out looking factory fresh.

“I hate to say restorations are easy, but this one was,” Stroud said, explaining that he was able to find a clean and complete original car to use as a canvas for the client.

The ’63 1/2 Galaxie looks stock except for its Brembo brakes. However, Stroud said, the build actually “is crazy. It had an 800-horsepower motor and is a realy R-code 427 car. I think it will be underestimated because it is so subtle.”

The ’67 Mustang looks unfinished, but that’s on purpose.

“The car is unfinished and we wanted to leave it the way it is to really showcase the Roush motor and show the chassis,” Stroud said. “We want people to see the raw product and the progress of our build.”

Photography By Hans Marquez and Matthew Fink

Nicole James
Nicole Jameshttp://nicoleellanjames.com/
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

Recent Posts