The 2013 SEMA Show carries on the tradition of the world's largest automotive aftermarket trade show in grand style, with cars, trucks and SUVs in nearly every stage of modification and taste. All of the expected genres were represented: Muscle cars old and new, trucks, SUVs, ultra-luxury cars, if your definition of luxury depends on the diameter of your wheels, and naturally, thousands of new products and accessories.
Among the big trends we saw at the 2013 SEMA show were LED lighting in all forms, from grille and roof-mounted light bars, to taillights, off-road lights and "angel eye" driving lights. A few years ago, matte paint finishes were all the rage, and while matte is still well-represented in the aftermarket, we also saw plenty of patina-finished classics with just a hint of rust to give them that air of rough-edged legitimacy. We also saw plenty of brushed-metal finishes, of both the vinyl applique and bare metal variety.
Dominating among trucks and SUVs this year were the Ford F-Series, specifically the F-150, Raptor and Raptor look-alikes, and Wranglers galore. There were also plenty of classic Jeeps from World War II era, through the 1980s and current models. We also saw some international-market Toyotas that caught our eye, including several Hilux trucks, and a 70-series Land Cruiser from Australia. So check out our gallery of this year's show in all its weird, wonderful glory.
Chevrolet Trucks of SEMA 2013
To nobody's surprise, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
had a huge presence at this year's show. All the usual upgrades were shown for the truck, including lighting, performance, suspension, and appearance accessories.
At the GM booth, there was also a cleanly restored 1978 K15 Silverado truck with a 5.3-liter E-Rod crate engine swap. With the rugged, classic styling of the '73-'87 trucks with modern Vortec power, we can't think of a much better combination. Even the forthcoming 2015 Silverado HD was at the show, appropriately enough shown towing a COPO Camaro.
| Chevrolet Classic Truck Rustymod Front
| 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Left Front Angle
| 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Blue Front Angle
| 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Front Angle
| 1953 Chevrolet Thriftmaster Icon Front
| 1970 Chevrolet C10 Nitrous Express Front
| 1996 Chevrolet C1500 Purple Front
| 1965 Chevrolet El Camino Pro Street Front
| 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Belltech Front
| 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Anzo Front
Ford Trucks of SEMA 2013
Being the best-selling truck in the U.S., the Ford F-150
was everywhere at SEMA, and the Raptor, or Raptor look-alikes were well represented . Many of the trucks were equipped with LED "angel eyes" LED headlights in various colors. Even being several years old, the Raptor seems as popular as ever. Not quite as numerous, but still plentiful, the Super Duty once again was a popular model among truck accessory makers.
Ford debuted the Snake Bit F-100 custom, revealed by none other than Gene Simmons of KISS and had 10 custom Transit Connects on display as part of its Vandemonium collection, showing the customization potential for its new compact van.
| Ford Dualie Rod Front
| 1955 Ford F100 Gold Front
| 2013 Ford F150 Raptor Bmf Front
| 2013 Ford F150 Right Front
| 1937 Ford Truck Custom
| Ford F 750 Hornblasters Front
| 2013 Ford F450 Fire Rescue
GMC Trucks of SEMA 2013
While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
and classic Chevrolet trucks were well-represented this year, there were a few 2014 Sierras and classic GMCs as well. One of the most noteworthy "Jimmys" was the 1954 COE truck with a rear-mounted Cummins diesel, named "Fermented Fruit." Like many other classic restomods at the show this year, it wore its rusty patina with pride, and got plenty of clicks from show attendees.
Check out our smaller, but still significant photo gallery of classic and late-model GMC trucks below!
| Gmc Monster Bus Front Angle
| Gmc Cabover Fermented Fruit Front
| 2013 Gmc Sierra Crew Cab Gray Front
| 2013 Gmc Sierra Crew Cab Black Front
Jeeps of SEMA 2013
As usual, the Jeep Wrangler
was well represented at the show, being one of the most popular vehicles for accessorization. But there were also a few classic early CJs and Willys MBs for the vintage Jeep fans.
Lift kits, wheels, and tires were the most common accessories for the Wrangler, though there were a few Hemi engine swaps, and everything from rooftop camping, swing-out rear tire carriers, and of course, plenty of LED accessory lighting. Some companies, like Bestop, have built almost their entire business out of accessories for the Wrangler.
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler Teraflex Front
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler Spyder Front
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler Procomp Front Angle
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler Doetsch Front Angle
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler Bedtred Front
| 2013 Jeep Wrangler 64 Hemi
| Jeep Buggy Falken Display
| 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Gt Haus Front
Ram Trucks of SEMA 2013
Ram has been on a solid winning streak the last few years in sales, and the aftermarket is definitely taking notice. Aside from the Mopar models in the Chrysler display, there were numerous customized Ram trucks on display. The HD models seemed to be the most plentiful.
Ram also showed a customized new ProMaster at the Mopar exhibit, complete towing a Fiat 500
Abarth, as well as the surf-themed Sun Chaser Ram 1500
pickup concept, among others.
| 2014 Ram 1500 Sun Chaser
| 2013 Ram 2500 Falken Tire Front
| 2013 Ram 1500 Black Front
| 2013 Ram 3500 Dualie Front
| 2013 Ram 1500 Bedtred Rear
Toyota Trucks of SEMA 2013
Customized Toyota trucks were not as numerous as the domestic brands, but those that were there definitely turned heads, with several customized Hilux models at the show, including a few turbodiesels. Being the best-selling midsize truck, the Tacoma was naturally the most visible model at the show.
The FJ Cruiser, now in its seventh year of production with minor changes, is still popular among aftermarket accessory companies.
| 2013 Toyota Sequoia Lifted Front
| 2013 Toyota Tundra Dub Front
| Life Time Fitness Toyota RAV4 SEMA Front Three Quarter
| DC Snow Toyota Tacoma SEMA Front Three Quarter