Jim’s Blog: It’s SEMA Time!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about spotting old car trends using the weather. The SEMA show is another great way to see which older cars or trucks younger members of the car world are starting to consider cool in the old car market. That show starts today.

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas is where the car world comes to show off its skill in fabrication, finish, and innovation — both in products and in complete car builds. This is where you’ll see the newest, coolest products — but it’s also a great place to catch a glimpse of coming old car trends.

Sometimes all it takes is one special build to go viral on the web and bring a model into focus, other times it’s a handful done in different ways but all showcasing a car that hasn’t been considered that interesting — such as the Ford Maverick. That is, until someone built one that looks really cool.

A handful of years ago it was 1967-72 GM trucks. The aftermarket featured them heavily right around the time that prices in the market ramped up, and the web was flooded with images of special builds here at the SEMA show, shared by an army of not-yet auction buyers who were motivated by what they saw. After that came the 1973-87 GM trucks — and interest followed in the greater market once again. 

I’m on the lookout to see what’s in store for 2019. What do you think it will be?


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    1. Some people love trucks and some people hate them, but in general, we can’t just ignore one of the faster growing segments of the market. We’re about values and trends, and trucks are a serious trend right now. That said, there is a whole lot of non-truck content in each ACC, so I’ll point you that way.

  1. It seems that there has been a lot of interest in First Generation Broncos. Most notably the unveiling of Jay Leno’s Modified 1968 Bronco at the FORD Display at SEMA this year 2019.There was also a great display of vintage Bronco in the FORD booth outside including Parnelli Jone’s “Big Oly” and the Bill Stroppe Purolator Bronco Baja winner.

  2. Jim, I have not seen any of the coverage yet. Well, besides one of the runner ups for the Hot Wheels challenge that was in the row behind me Pomona last month. However, I would love to see the early 90s chevy trucks. As I have written before I have a 93 pace truck that I am restoring, since I thought it was to special not too. However, I believe that the older SUVs will be of interest. Having a 72 blazer I have been able to enjoy that up tick that came from what I believe the interest in the Bronco. I think that the Scouts will be in the spotlight now, maybe even the Wide Cherokees of the 70s. My buddy just got a 77 and it blew my mind when I saw it. So, I think that wave will continue. Also maybe some of the early 90s imports as well. Looking forward to some time to see what really did show at the show.