SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show, is one of the biggest car shows on the West Coast. Car manufacturers and aftermarket specialists come from around the country to show off their newest and greatest creations, and 2015’s did not disappoint. Here we’ve gathered the top 10 best cars from last year’s SEMA show.
KUHL Racing Nissan GT-R
This fantastic heavily modified racing model was one of the shiniest entries to grace the showroom floor. Not only did it sport a good number of performance upgrades, but also the entire body is shrouded in a custom engraved silver body that looks like it belongs on a piece of fine jewelry.
Rusty Slammington Modified BMW
This rust bucket — said with the utmost admiration — is one of the most unique cars from this year’s SEMA show. Covered in rust and more rust that was augmented by diesel engine oil, this is a rebirth for this old bird. In 2011, the car caught fire, burned to the ground, and had to be rebuilt from scratch.
This 27-foot long monstrosity doesn’t look like it’s got much get up and go, with a Ford 5.0L Coyote engine under the hood. But it’s definitely got enough power to give you a run for your money. It wasn’t designed for speed, but to be a moving art vehicle for festivals such as Burning Man. With a name inspired by Game of Thrones, this stainless steel creation certainly turns heads.
This is a fantastic custom RV that emerged from the mind of former Disney Imagineer Bran Ferren. It’s been in production for years and is still being polished even after its appearance at SEMA, but right now it is one of the most advanced vehicles on the road today. It is essentially a self-contained world that could carry you from one end of the country to the other no matter what life throws at you.
1964 Chevy Impala Lowrider
This sky-blue beauty was the star of the Chevy show at this year’s SEMA. The classic Chevy lines are always to die for, but the custom paint job it showcased really made it stand out.
4-Engine Ford Econoline Van
No one looks twice at a standard Ford Econoline, but this 4-engine creation from the mind of Gordon Tronson will make you look once, twice and even three times. And those 4 engines aren’t just for showing off all that shiny chrome. Together, they pump out a whopping 4,000 HP.
Modified Tesla Model S
Not even the Tesla, the electric car from the brilliant mind of entrepreneur Elon Musk, is safe from modification, as evidenced by the stunning blue carbon fiber body that turns an already sexy car into something truly stunning.
Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Mirai
This Back to the Future-inspired car comes complete with gull-wing doors, hydrogen-powered engine, flux capacitor and “OUTTATIME” license plate. The Mirai itself is one of the first really effective forays into hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles, and seeing it decked out like the classic Delorean really spoke to our inner geeks.
Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus is usually looked at as a pretty sensible and safe family car. Not this beauty! CJ Pony Parts debuted this fantastic track-ready Focus at this year’s SEMA, and it definitely turned some heads. The goal with this build was to take ever single part of the Focus and simply make it better.
Toyota Tonka Truck 4Runner
Anyone who loves cars probably had a box full of Matchbox cars and Tonka trucks as a kid. Now you can have your favorite Tonka Truck as a full-sized, drivable vehicle complete with custom suspension, beautiful 10-inch suspension lift kit, and a yellow and black paint job that will take you straight back to your childhood.
There’s no way we could cover all of the amazing cars that made an appearance at SEMA 2015, but these 10 definitely take the cake.