The Five Most Creative Rides from SEMA
Today, you are likely either rejoicing or sulking over election results. For half of you, take two Advil's to ward off that celebration hangover– for the other half: step back from that ledge. It's going to be fine, and just to prove it, let us distract you by looking back on some of the most creative cars from last week's SEMA show. These are not the worst or the best show, rather they merely display some of the most original ideas form the show. Trust us, even if you don't like the direction these tuners went, they are still far more tasteful than a LOT of the cars found at last week's SEMA show. Jeep Rod:
Sure, we have seen rat rods and custom SUV's, but perhaps never this combination. It has the body of a Willys Jeep, but also looks like it could be a 1930's Bonneville salt flat racer. This hot rod jeep is fitted with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, with the intake from a 6.1-liter V8.
The front fenders were made by combining two front Jeep fenders. With massive rear wheels, a low-wide stance, and HEMI power under the hood on display for all to see, this is one of the most unique Jeeps of all time.
RK Concepts Custom Motorcycles:
These bikes do not look real. They look like a villain's ride from a Mad Max remake, but the mere fact that they can be ridden defies belief. Designer Rafik Kaissi says these bikes are completely functional, which is amazing. That notion alone got these wild rides on this list.
Legacy Classic Power Wagon:
As cool as the Jeep Rod is, if we're talking the top MOPAR, it has nothing on this rugged monstrosity. This recreation of a Dodge Power Wagon is the work of Legacy Classic Trucks out of Jackson Hole, Wy. If you've got $114,950 and a desire for classic metal, this is the ride for you. To have it configured like you see above, it will set you back $180,000. It can be had with either a 480-horsepower V8, or a 3.9-liter Cummins turbocharged four-cylinder engine, capable of 480 pound feet of torque– perfect for pulling tree stumps out of your massive mountain estate. We may never own one, but we could all die happy if ever given the keys and a mountainous region to play in.
VWVortex Super Beetle:
If you read our blog enough, you'd know a little bit about the Super Beetle and the "German Look." Basically, the idea is to bring touches of Porsche to the lovable bug. Well this custom ride may not have a boxer engine, but it certainly does have 500 horsepower, BBS rims, and a "Ducktail" rear spoiler. Unless the reefer-addled haze of nostalgia sways your preference in car, this is probably the coolest Beetle we've ever seen.
What's in a name? Combining element from the Mach 1 Mustang and the ford GT, that's what. The guys over at Eckert's Rod and Custom have stretched out a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 body, and fitted it with the supercharged 5.4-liter V8…oh and they put it where you would find the engine in the Ford GT; the back. The mid-mounted engine makes 850 horsepower, but output can be adjusted by a dial in the cabin of the custom ride. To handle the power, the Mach 50 rides on a Chevrolet Corvette suspension.
This car is what SEMA is all about. It doesn't have to have the biggest rims or most obnoxious paint job to be the best at SEMA. What really captures the ideal of SEMA is an idea that's creative, ingenious, and still artful. Kudos to the guys at Eckert's Rod and Custom; for every crapy custom job at SEMA, a stroke of genius like the Mach 50 is what makes it worth showing up.