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Looking Through the Rear View Mirror at the SEMA Show

SEMA Show History

 

As we prepare to hit the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center for this year’s SEMA show, we wanted to look back on how this organization (originally known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association) grew to become the biggest automotive trade show in the world. Formed in 1963, the SEMA organization consisted of pioneers in the high-performance parts business. To make SEMA more inclusive to accessory manufacturers and also to improve its image, SEMA changed its name in 1970 to the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
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Looking Through the Rear View Mirror at the SEMA Show

1930 Dodge Brothers DD Taxicab

1930 Dodge Brothers DD Taxicab

With their reputation for ruggedness and reliability, Dodge Brothers cars were favorites for taxicab use. Take this handsome 1930 DD Series Sedan, for instance.

 

The 1930 model year was the last in which the full Dodge Brothers name was officially used. The Dodge brothers, John F. and Horace E., had passed away in 1920. In 1928, the company became part of Chrysler. Beginning in 1931, Brothers was dropped from the name and the cars were marketed simply as Dodges. (The name change was applied to trucks the year before.) However,…

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1930 Dodge Brothers DD Taxicab

The Grand Caravan Legacy

The Grand Caravan Legacy

 

When the Dodge Caravan was introduced for 1984, it wasn’t just a new vehicle. It was a whole new kind of vehicle.

 

First previewed in the spring of 1983, the Caravan, along with its Chrysler Corporation stablemates, the Plymouth Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country, introduced America to the minivan. In a bold national marketing campaign, Dodge called the Caravan “a transportation revolution.”

 

Starting with the popular K-car sedan platform with its rugged 2.2-liter engine and front-wheel drive, designers threw away the styling rulebook and expanded the body’s dimensions…

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The Grand Caravan Legacy