NAIAS 2014: The good stuff

As we’ve noted before, some of the most interesting stuff at the North American International Auto Show never makes it into the media coverage. Here’s the rest of the show, including a big photo gallery.  

 

What’s NAIAS all about? Really, a goodly number of the 50-odd vehicle introductions each year are ordinary passenger automobiles—daily commuters, grocery getters, mommy cars. These products are important to consumers and critical to the industry, so a major portion of the media coverage is concentrated on them, naturally.

There’s a lot of this news to cover at Detroit, so journalists are often too busy to stop and spend some quality time with the enthusiast-oriented stuff the automakers have on display: classic cars, animations and cutaways, racers and concepts. If you’re a hardcore gearhead—and we know you are—these exhibits are worth a look. So just as we did last year at Mac’s Motor City Garage, we’ve devoted an entire photo gallery to these sideshow attractions. A few of the items that caught our eye:

+   Three Indy racers—two Dallara-Chevrolets in the GM exhibit and a Honda-powered Dallara in the Honda space. The current-generation Dallara with with its broad rear haunches is no great beauty, we have to admit, but it’s better looking in person than on television.

+   Tucked away on the mezzanine of the Lincoln exhibit was a 1932 Lincoln KB Coupe with body by Raymond Dietrich. If Lincoln could somehow recapture this magic (a tall order, make no mistake) the brand’s future would be assured.

+  In the Chevrolet display we found a current example of the division’s R07 NASCAR V8, complete with fuel injection system. (You can read MCG’s Hot Rod Magazine tech feature here.) Of course, this engine is built to the unique rules and requirements of Sprint Cup racing and shares absolutely nothing with any production Chevy V8, past or present. Actually, the R07 has far more in common with the Toyota TRD NASCAR V8 that was on display over in the Toyota area.

+   MCG’s favorite piece in the entire show was the 1962 Mustang I at the front entrance of the Ford display. The exquisite two-place roadster, originally built for Ford by famed race car fabricators Troutman and Barnes and powered by a Ford of Germany Taunus V4, is still a knockout today. The one-of-one concept car is usually on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Check out all these attractions and more in the gallery below.

 

2013 Dallara Chevrolet Team Penske livery
Hyundai V8 display
Chevrolet R07 Nascar Sprint Cup engine
1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe
Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy SS
Honda FCEV Concept
Honda FCEV Concept rear
1962 Mustang I
Cunningham Acura World Challenge racer
Renault F1 showcar
Hyundai sedan cutaway
Chevrolet 6.2L Ecotec 3 V8 cutaway
2014 Mazda Skyactiv prototype racer
2013 Dallara Chevrolet IndyCar KV Racing Livery
2013 Dallara Honda IndyCar Target livery
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup interior mule
NHRA Funny Car engine
2015 Corvette Z06 cutaway
2014 Ford Transit Connect Concept by Mobsteel
Mopar 572 CID Hemi crate engine
1962 Mustang I LR
Peter Cunningham Acura World Challenge Racer
Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer
Toyota Racing Developments NASCAR V8

2013 Dallara Chevrolet Team Penske livery

Hyundai V8 display

Chevrolet R07 Nascar Sprint Cup engine

1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe

Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy SS

Honda FCEV Concept

Honda FCEV Concept rear

1962 Mustang I

Cunningham Acura World Challenge racer

Renault F1 showcar

Hyundai sedan cutaway

Chevrolet 6.2L Ecotec 3 V8 cutaway

2014 Mazda Skyactiv prototype racer

2013 Dallara Chevrolet IndyCar KV Racing Livery

2013 Dallara Honda IndyCar Target livery

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup interior mule

NHRA Funny Car engine

2015 Corvette Z06 cutaway

2014 Ford Transit Connect Concept by Mobsteel

Mopar 572 CID Hemi crate engine

1962 Mustang I LR

Peter Cunningham Acura World Challenge Racer

Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer

Toyota Racing Developments NASCAR V8

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One thought on “NAIAS 2014: The good stuff

  1. The Mustang I is beautiful but the market for it was probably tiny compared to the eventual Mustang in 1964. They sold a million in the first 18 mo or something.

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