The SEMA show is a massive gallery of automotive innovations and oddities, from lifted off-road rigs to spotless show vehicles. This year’s SEMA show saw 2,400 exhibiting companies which filled five halls in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Just like every SEMA, access is limited to industry company owners, so in case you couldn’t make it, here are a few stand-out builds that were on display.
Girl Gang Garage unveiled a masterpiece at this year’s SEMA. This 1956 Chevy 3100, lovingly named “High Yellow”, was a part of an all-women’s build headed by Bogi Lateiner, owner of Girl Gang Garage. Over 50 women of all skill levels from across the globe had a hand in the build. The insanely clean, drop-dead-gorgeous truck certainly proves that the automotive industry is a great place for gals to be.
It’s a Foose thing.
California-based designer Chip Foose traveled to the 2019 SEMA show to unveil a customer build: a 1974 Jaguar E-Type resto-mod. Over 2.5-years, Foose and his team hand-crafted nearly every part of the car, including a simplified interior and the elongated body. They added a scoop to the hood, extended the rocker panels, made the trunk lid about five inches longer and gave the rear end a tapered look accented by flush lights and quad exhaust tips.
We found this custom car lined up as one of the 15 Hot Wheels Legends Competitors. Though it didn’t win the opportunity to be made into a 1:64 scale diecast, its clean voluptuous lines will never be forgotten. There’s no fiberglass or body filler here: the entire car was hand-fabricated by Chad Martin.
What is better than a Chevrolet C10 that’s lowered on air ride suspension? A C10 with the rare Cheyenne package which combined full carpeting, chromed front and rear bumpers, a wood-grain tailgate insert, upper and lower side moldings, and extensive embossed vinyl coverings inside.
Coolest movie car
The 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 was never sold in the U.S., but Fast & Furious movie fans may recognize this car from the sixth movie. It is driven by Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) when Roman, played by Tyrese Gibson, jumps from his ’69 Mustang onto the roof of the RS1600 just as a tank runs over the Mustang.
This Yenko spec Chevrolet Camaro won the GM award at last year’s SEMA show and came back for more. It is the brainchild of custom builder Jeff Page; whose ultimate goal was to build the Camaro to spec while making it look as original as possible. We say he succeeded. Inside is a retro factory-inspired interior with original looking gauges, but modern technologies such as blue tooth and hands-free calling.
Caddy eye candy
Count’s Kustoms, the Las Vegas shop known for its over-the-top custom builds on television, unveiled their fourth jaw-dropping vehicle at The SEMA Show this year. The 1961 Cadillac, borrowed from Danny “Count” Koker’s personal collection, was refinished exclusively in custom colors mixed from the new Matrix Edge bank of toners and pearls. Thirty-three shades of teal give the car its “wow factor”. We wonder how many times puddles of drool had to be wiped from the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth.
Cosmichrome displayed just what their product is capable of on this 1952 MG replica. Granted, an all-chromed out car isn’t for everyone, but we found no flaws in the smooth, reflective finish. SEMA wouldn’t be SEMA without shiny things.
Because race car
Team Eibach driver Rial Barnett thought the BMW 2002 was the coolest car on the road when he was a kid. He now owns and races this 2002, which was built as a nod to the original BMW E30 M3 race car. You could also own this car for just couple bucks as a Hot Wheels collectible.
Drop the top like it’s hot.
Corvette purists turn your heads. This 1960 Chevrolet Corvette street rod is equipped with an LS3 engine, a C4 custom suspension, and custom gauges, paint and wheels. After all, if a vehicle is shown at SEMA, it’s probably not stock.