2017 SEMA Show: Best in Show

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It's difficult to describe the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, concluding today in Las Vegas, in just a few paragraphs. This year's show was full of crazy and even ridiculous project trucks; however, there were so many kinds of vehicles and companies spread out across the enormous Las Vegas Convention Center, you could easily browse for days and still not see everything.

All the major automakers attended, so we saw more Chevrolet Carmaros, Ford Mustangs and F-150s, and classic cars than we could count along with exotic Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and others. On top of that, we checked out hundreds of one-of-a-kind Frankenstein monsters as well displays for automotive suppliers and aftermarket parts makers. It's at SEMA where we get a glimpse of the future in the form of automotive design and performance trends.

From all of this, we chose our inaugural 2017 SEMA Best in Show pickup truck winners. Check them out below. And keep an eye out for more 2017 SEMA coverage to give you a taste of this show, which is not open to the public.

1937 Dodge Project Long Haul: Classic Winner

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Custom car and truck builder Tommy Pike created this classic pickup, and it's immaculate. A 5.7-liter Mopar crate Hemi V-8 sits under the hood and it sports a Dana 44 rear end. The frame was covered in rust when Pike found it, so he built a full custom race chassis for the body and bed. The bed looks like wood, complete with a giant, faded Pennzoil sticker, but it is all custom aluminum.

2018 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6: Factory Winner

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OK, technically this is not a factory offering, but with the exception of the front and rear suspension lift, frame extension, 8-foot bed and extra rear axle, the VelociRaptor from Hennessey Performance looks like it could have been an F-150 Raptor offered by Ford. Of course, we're pretty sure Ford could do it for less than $349,000, but then again ...

2017 Ford F-250 SD126: Monster Winner

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How often do you see a 126-inch-wheelbase regular-cab heavy-duty pickup? How about never, because they don't exist in the everyday world. But we found one at SEMA, and we have to say BDS did an amazing job creating this beast, which sports 4.30:1 gears inside an F-450 Dana 60/M300 rear axle. Each 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tire has about 14 inches of travel when doing high-speed desert running.

1965 Ford F-250 Six-Pack: Restoration Winner

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Hatched from the mind of Jonathan Ward at Icon 4x4 in Southern California, this 1965 Ford F-250 crew-cab long bed was lovingly restored and updated to better-than-new standards. It's powered by a "worked-up" 5.9-liter Cummins inline six-cylinder with several Banks Engineering upgrades. The truck sits on a 2006 Dodge frame, suspension and axles, and the inside is almost too beautiful to describe. From the door handles, seat materials and audio knobs, it's all been re-created to premium trim package levels.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept: Concept Winner

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We've been writing about American Expedition Vehicles for a few several years, and we've been impressed with the work AEV has done on the Ram Prospector and others, but now it looks like AEV has developed a partnership with Chevrolet. For SEMA, AEV took a Colorado ZR2 and made it heavy duty. With the addition of a few GM-sourced performance parts (likely to be offered through GM Accessories soon) and a few from AEV, this expedition overlander looks like it could become Chevrolet parent company GM's next big hit. Yes, this is a concept, but if Chevy wanted something to go head to head with the Jeep Wrangler, this would be it.

Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

Comments

Ruined raptor, drop bracket lift and an extra axle.

That 1965 Ford is a sharp truck.

Interesting they put a cummins in it instead of a Ford motor??

@ILLITERATE,

The truck sits on a 2006 Dodge frame, suspension and axles.

Why wouldn't come with a Cummins.

Foooken idiocracy

OH my bad, sorry for correcting you.

GO ahead and trvll FORD. Then you cry when we bad mouth GM.

I honestly think you're 12 yrs in a mid 30s womans body.

Peace out!

I got a life to live!!

Hahahaha!!! Well-said Frank!!

I'll take 1 of the 37 dodge long haul. Please.

That 1965 Ford is a sharp truck.

Interesting they put a cummins in it instead of a Ford motor??


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 3, 2017 12:22:31 PM

Remember, FORD engines are junk. Restored Fords usually have a competitors engine installed, most often a small block Chevy.

Oh them GM supporters. A cranky bunch aren’t they. There’s enough at SEMA to like and dream about for just about everyone.
I would have to add-on to my garage for that 6x6 Raptor, so....
Dear Santa...., please bring me the Monster Winner..., I’ve been a good boy this year....

All great picks

WTH? No lifted Prius C? Rigged, man, rigged!

Frank sucks snowballs. Redbloodedxy is a 10 year old with a 3 year old mentality. Ford trucks look good in them photos except the Raptor. ZR2 is one useful truck.

Holy crap Frank. You say you have a life...yet you are on here 24/7. Only good thing about you is you like Ford. But you take the rest of us down with your stupid uneducated comments.

A buddy just returned from SEMA & he admitted Ford stole the show & he's a cheby guy...that says it all...

Once again showing a liberal bias: just pick Ford's and that Colorado!

I saw better Tacoma's at SEMA than this Colorado, but when the media is as biased as this one, what do we expect!

GO ahead and trvll FORD. Then you cry when we bad mouth GM.

I honestly think you're 12 yrs in a mid 30s womans body.

Peace out!

I got a life to live!!
Posted by: Frank | Nov 3, 2017 12:58:21 PM

I love Fords and even I think you're a hypocrite.

You've "trvlled" GM and Ram stuff on here for years. Especially GM and Ram recalls. Then Ford announced that big million truck recall last month and you were the one crying about all the "trvlls".

Check them out below. And keep an eye out for more 2017 SEMA coverage to give you a taste of this show, which is not open to the public. SO great your post



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