You would not normally expect to see classic cars at the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit however, we did see a handful of classic vehicles scattered among the splash of new car introductions and concept car presentations.
We were surprised to see an electrified 1967 Toyota 2000 GT at the Aisin Drive booth and Chevrolet provided a 1963 Corvair Greenbrier van for a photo op. Chevy also staged a fleet of vintage Corvette Stingrays that flanked the introduction of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Ford Motor Company acknowledged their heritage with a showing of a 1903 Model A that is the third Ford produced and the oldest one in existence.
Covisant, a Compuware company, displayed James Bond’s legendary 1964 Aston-Martin DB5…..the world’s “first connected vehicle.” Covisant is heavily involved in the latest vehicle connectivity technology.
Many vehicles at the 2013 NAIAS might be considered as “future classics.” Fifty years from now, will our grandchildren or great grandchildren recognize the Jaguar XK-F, 2014 Corvette Stingray, Tesla, Fisker Karma or the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta as classics? We will address this question in the next edition of Classic Car Examiner.
If you plan to go to the NAIAS, show dates and hours are: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 19-26; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 27. Early access for the disabled begins at 8 a.m. Tickets $12; $6 age 65 and older, ages 7-12. Call (248) 283-5173 or visit www.naias.com.