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.

 

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

1962 Mustang I

Hyundai V8 display

Toyota Racing Developments NASCAR V8

2013 Dallara Chevrolet IndyCar KV Racing Livery

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup interior mule

2013 Dallara Chevrolet Team Penske livery

Honda FCEV Concept

Mopar 572 CID Hemi crate engine

2014 Ford Transit Connect Concept by Mobsteel

2013 Dallara Honda IndyCar Target livery

1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe

Peter Cunningham Acura World Challenge Racer

Cunningham Acura World Challenge racer

Honda FCEV Concept rear

2014 Mazda Skyactiv prototype racer

Chevrolet R07 Nascar Sprint Cup engine

Al Oppenheiser, Camaro Chief Engineer

Renault F1 showcar

Hyundai sedan cutaway

2015 Corvette Z06 cutaway

1962 Mustang I LR

NHRA Funny Car engine

Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevy SS

Chevrolet 6.2L Ecotec 3 V8 cutaway

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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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