Student-built SEMA Jeep Wranglers generate $127,000 at auction

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Jeeps modified by high school students generated enough money at auction to double the program's scope in the coming school year | SEMA photo

The five Jeep Wranglers customized by students for the SEMA High School Build Program sold for a combined $127,000 at auction with those proceeds earmarked to expand the program to even more schools in the coming school year.

“We are thrilled by the results of the auctions and moved by how much the automotive community continues to support this program,” Zane Clark, senior director of education for SEMA, was quoted in the announcement.

“Thanks to this support we are now looking to expand the program to include 10 schools next year, giving more students throughout the country an opportunity to take part in a hands-on vehicle build experience.” 

The program launched during the 2017-18 school year with a Jeep built up by students at one school being sold and that money used to expand the program to four more schools. 

In February, five high schools each received a Jeep Wrangler to customize, with the vehicles offered for sale through an online auction on Bring A Trailer, which donated its usual 5 percent fee to the program.

The completed Wranglers sold for prices ranging from $20,250 to $28,500.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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