As much as we love to cover the mainstream part of the LA show each year – important debuts, fresh concepts, splashy presentations, etc. – we reserve a special place in our hearts for the tuner/aftermarket/toys/games/odd stuff that can always be found on the basement level of the Los Angeles Convention Center. It's in this space, sometimes referred to internally as "mini SEMA," we can count on getting to look at the physical instantiation of automotive imagination run rampant.

Unfortunately, as almost all of the booths are either still in the process of being set up or unmanned altogether, there's little to no detail to be had about most of the stuff on display. So rather than pepper you with, you know, facts and stuff, we invite you to simply enjoy the attached gallery of images on their own merits. A sort of digital walk-thru of LA's nether region, if you will. Enjoy.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 11 Comments
      Shane
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm regularly amazed at the amazing amount of talent out there that's able to turn a normal/good looking car into something absolutely horrifyingly hideous.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the Bronco. My father and I have been fixing up a '66 thats been in our family since it was new. Ours is a half cab too, but no so crazy haha I wonder what's under that hood.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love that satin black Caddy. I'd lose the Monster logo, and just go with black. That gasser is also pretty cool. The little dual supercharged VW is awesome even if there is nowhere to sit. Granted that probably would be a death sentence anyway. Nice collection of Hotwheels/Matchbox.
      fishnutts11
      • 2 Years Ago
      That smart car actually looks pretty cool haha. Why can't they have more like that on the road. Jk. It does look cool though. IMO.
      Nendor
      • 2 Years Ago
      The SAE project was developed at California State University, Fullerton http://yesyous.com/Kujo_Prime/projects/97/csuf-formula-sae-2012/
      Nendor
      • 2 Years Ago
      The SAE car was developed by California State University, Fullerton Mechanical Engineering Students http://yesyous.com/Kujo_Prime/projects/97/csuf-formula-sae-2012/
      Rental Rep
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Bronco looks great in person. It was right outside the GAS booth at SEMA this year. It had a matching GT40 on the other side of it.
      Typesbad
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Basement of the LA Autoshow is not for the faint of automotive heart. There are gems to be found, like the gold Chevy or the Bronco pictured. And there are always a few interesting trike manufacturers and the die-cast merchants. But you have to get past the horrors of Al & Eds, DUB, Galpen and a half dozen freak wheel manufacturers first. there are no greater destroyers of all that is wonderful in autodom than these guys.