By Ashley Reyes
Three customized third-generation Toyota 4Runners and two Jeep Wrangler TJs are now available for purchase via auction on BringaTrailer.com, as part of the SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program.
Each vehicle features dozens of donated parts from automotive parts manufacturers, and was built by students in high school automotive shop classes under the guidance of industry experts.
The public is invited to bid on the vehicles in auctions that are currently running on BringaTrailer.com.
The five vehicles and details, including the date the auction began, are:
July 18: A ’97 Toyota 4Runner customized by John Hersey High School in Chicago. The vehicle features the factory Desert Dune exterior color with a tan interior. Upgrades also include Alpine 7-in. screen multimedia head unit and backup camera, K&N cold-air intake, ICON Vehicle Dynamics Stage 2 suspension, as well as a True North Fabrications front and rear plate bumpers and a WARN winch.
John Hersey’s ’97 Toyota 4Runner.
July 19: An ’01 Jeep Wrangler TJ customized by Career Center High School in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The vehicle’s exterior has been fully custom painted in red, roll cage in black, with a complementing black vinyl soft top. Upgrades also include Katzkin front and rear custom leather seats, Azzy’s gauge overlay kit, and Rugged Ridge Drakon wheels on Atturo 33x12.5R17LT Trail Blade M/T Tires, 32.8-in. height.
Career Center High School’s ’01 Jeep Wrangler TJ.
July 20: A ’96 Toyota 4Runner customized by OPS Career Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The exterior is Sunfire Red Pearl with a black and tan interior. Upgrades also include PRP Enduro reclining seats and a custom back bench seat, Borla cat-back exhaust,True North Fabrications front and rear plate bumpers with spare-tire carrier swingout and RBP Saharan wheels on Atturo LT275/65/R18 Trail Blade M/T Tires, 32.3-in. height.
OPS Career Center’s ’96 Toyota 4Runner.
July 21: An ’02 Jeep Wrangler TJ customized by Santa Fe ECO in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The vehicle is custom painted in a USC Dominator Bed Liner tinted Matte Green with the original black hardtop. Both the OEM doors and trail doors are included, each with their own set of mirrors. The frame and under body are detailed and painted with 3M undercoating, topped with SEM semi-gloss hot-rod black.
Santa Fe ECO’s ’02 Jeep Wrangler TJ.
July 22: A ’97 Toyota 4Runner customized by Comstock HS in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The vehicle features a full exterior repaint in Quicksand Tan, Katzkin front and rear custom leather seats, Borla cat-back exhaust, True North Fabrications front and rear plate bumpers with spare-tire carrier swingout, and bronze-finished ICON wheels on Atturo 35x12.5R17LT Trail Blade M/T Tires, 34.8-in. height.
Comstock HS’ ’97 Toyota 4Runner.
Visit BringaTrailer.com to see all the upgrades and build details of each vehicle in the upcoming auction.
Ten participating high schools participated in the 2020 SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program, which was put on hold due to COVID-19 and resumed earlier this year. The program helps students learn about the automotive customization hobby and give them real-world, hands-on educational experiences. They also received build training directly from product manufacturers and industry members who visited the schools.
The remaining five vehicles will be auctioned off in late September. Proceeds from the auctions will be reinvested back into the program and other SEMA Education Youth Engagement initiatives.
For more details about the program and the vehicles, visit www.sema.org/student-builds.