El Rey, a completely restored and customized 1963 Chevy Impala
The SEMA show, held every year in Las Vegas, is Shangri La for car lovers. Put on by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, it’s basically for anyone who makes, distributes, sells, publishes about, restores, builds, styles, races or loves cars. And the exhibitors come to show off, creating custom cars—many specifically just for this show—that showcase their products and skills. It’s basically porn for car nuts.
I had a chance to see the show as a guest of Toyota, so for those of you who couldn’t make the trip to Vegas this year, here’s a (small) sampling of the hundreds of cars getting drooled over at this year’s show:
A Scion FR-S goes topless
This Jeep has been completely painted with truck bed liner
A 1956 Beetle gets a new-school look
The Craftsman Mustang
The first all-electric Class One vehicle to race the Baja 1000
A Shelby Cobra signed by Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby's signature on the dash
1931 Model A Roadster Pickup
SO-CAL Indy Speedster
1940 "Catch Me if You Can" Ford Roadster
Customized 1963 split window Corvette
How about encrusting your engine with 13,000 Swarovski crystals?
... or have it plated in 24K gold
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's funny car
El Camaro, the Camaro / El Camino mashup
The bed of the El Camaro
The original Edelbrock '32 Roadster
Chevy Spark Sinister concept
Antron Brown's "DragQuoia" entry in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. That's a Sequoia under there...
Alexis DeJoria's entry in the Dream Build Challenge
Custom topless COPO Camaro
Tony Stewart's Camaro ZL1 concept show car
The recently announced Hot Wheels edition Camaro
Under the hood
And one for you classic Hot Wheels lovers...
Guy Fieri cooked up a Corvette concept to drive to his drive-ins, diners and dives
A tricked out Scion FR-S
Creative bike... but where do you sit?
Richard Petty tribute Challenger
One way to rustproof your Lambo
Lexus' Project LS F Sport
Lexus LF-CC concept
Daniel Song's Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge entry