Toyota is showing off some fantastic special projects for the 2023 SEMA show. Our favorite is the FJ Bruiser – Motorsports Garage’s custom-built off-road chassis with the body of a 1966 FJ Land Cruiser and the brawn of a TRD race engine. It also has a conveyor belt track underneath to help it move if it gets high-centered. Check out the full four-episode build here.
German automaker Opel is showing off a sweet restomodded version of its 1970 Manta coupe. In place of the diminutive inline-4 engine, the concept is propelled by an electric motor that sends 145 bhp and 188 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, about double the original car’s power.
Among the Jeeps headed to the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari is this sweet restomodded 1968 Jeepster Commando. The beautiful orange beachcomber has an open-top, a chrome roll bar, and low-back bucket seats. The 4×4 is powered by a 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 340 hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque, and rides on chunky 35″ tires.
The expert car builders at SpeedKore bestowed this murdered-out 1970 Dodge Charger with more power than a Charger SRT Hellcat. It packs a 7.0L Hellephant 426 Hemi that makes 1000 hp and 950 lb-ft. of torque. Despite its retro looks, it has carbon fiber body panels, and its chassis has an integrated 14-point roll cage.
Off-road experts Legacy Overland started with a German Army 1990 Mercedes-Benz G250D, restoring it with a full mechanical rebuild, and modernizing it with Bilstein shocks, a military-style snorkel, LED lighting, a custom leather interior, air conditioning, and more. The custom Boxwood Green paint brings it all together.
Velocity Restorations transformed this 1979 International Scout II into an orange off-road monster. It packs a 6.2-liter, 430hp LS3 crate engine, a lifted suspension, front/rear sway bars, 35″ Nitto Trail Grappler tires, TR beadlock wheels, and a custom roll bar and bumpers.
“Before it used to just be a tractor, but now it’s a fast tractor.” Rally mechanic Greg Hamilton spoke with Petrolicious about his pet project, a 1979 Trans Am. True to his passion, Greg loves that he can keep improving the car bit by bit and learning something new along the way.