Austin’s “other” major car show, the Leander Car Show, runs the first Sunday morning of every month. It’s a “Cars and Coffee”-type show, and in fact used to be C&C before they split off and moved. The result is the most approachable show in Texas, where anything ranging from the highest end collectibles to the most common Mustangs can appear. And with everything in between from swaps, rat rods, Euro and Japanese classics, even military vehicles. This is our favorite show every month.
And here are two examples why: our two choices for best car of show this month. Why two? When you look thru the full set of images in the gallery, you’ll see that both these owners went the full “9 yards” with the design and modifications of their vehicles.
The first is this terriffic 1967 Chevelle SS with an LSx swap. And not just any swap, this one was as clean as they come. Every single detail was attended to, from the engine to the body to the suspension and brakes (modern Corvette). Every single part was carefully chosen for its functionality, challenge, and statement. The end result is stunning. See the gallery for the full set of images.
The interior is thoroughly reworked, yet retains the essence of it’s Chevelle DNA.
The engine swap is as clean as they come. And see the gallery for a special note about the radiator overflow bottle.
But there was also another vehicle with an engine swap, this one even more extensive – and outrageous. This is a restored 1947 International truck, with a modern Dodge inline 6 Diesel swap. No expense was spared, and the choice of engine was both logical for this truck – and challenging. Full pictures are in the gallery, but here are some highlights of this incredible vehicle. Like the SS above, it couldn’t be cleaner and the builder attended to every possible detail.
Here’s the engine – and how many of these have you seen swapped? Yet it’s perfectly appropriate for this vehicle.
The interior is gorgeous, functional, and even comfortable. The truck can be easily driven anywhere – and was driven here.
Here’s our full gallery of 129 images, covering just some of the cars there.