The 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas had an impressive crop of vintage 4x4s. Anyone who has ever restored an older rig knows the kind of hard work that is involved. There are often challenges that new 4x4s don’t have, and it is frequently time consuming to restore or modify these rigs. This group of six rigs grabbed our eye and held our attention.
Let’s back up a bit. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and each year they have a little show in Vegas. OK, it’s not little. It’s actually staggeringly ginormous. The show brings folks in from all over the world for a four-day look at some of the latest and greatest automotive products.
There were a slew of vintage rigs at the 2017 SEMA show, and you can see almost all of ’em in some of the many photo galleries we’ve posted to fourwheeler.com. We’ve chosen a few to highlight here, and we think you’ll dig ’em! Check out the video too!
It was in the Nitto Tire booth and it’s called The Duke. It’s a ’72 K50 Crew Cab and it has a 5.9L Cummins, NV4500 trans, NP205 T-case, and 1-ton running gear, among other things.
Old Broncos are cool, and this one really jumped out at us because it’s a fine example of a modified Bronc that appears to be very capable, but still retains its clean, classic lines.
This ’46 Power Wagon was at the Maxxis booth. There’s no arguing that vintage Power Wagons are cool, and this one is an amazing machine that includes a supercharged 6.4L Hemi. It was built by Desert Power Wagons.
It’s called JKC 1 and it was at the Synergy Mfg booth. This incredible Jeepster Commando stopped traffic and for all the right reasons.
Max-Bilt built this ’49 Willys, and beneath that legit patina is a ’99 Jeep XJ engine, trans, T-case, and axles. Surprise, it also has cruise control, A/C, and USB charge points.
Renegade III was built by AAM Group and Total Truck Centers. Among other things, this incredible Jeep has a rebuilt 258ci I-6 engine topped with an Edelbrock four-barrel carb. The Jeep has also been upgraded with power steering and brakes.