It’s funny to think that the New York Auto Show used to take place in the same location Manhattanites currently buy organic cheese and locally grown produce. That’s right, between ’56 and ’87, the big apple auto show was held at the former New York Coliseum in Columbus Circle. This particular show guide, from way back in ’64, is a real blast from the past. You’ve got to love all the colorful ads, each optimistic and excited for the future in their approach, art direction and treatment of the vehicles. Long before quick hits on Twitter, these were times when print ads were king and consumers had attention spans long enough to read them. Iconic models now coveted by enthusiasts, museums and collectors – like the GTO, Shelby Cobra, and Jaguar E-Type – line the pages of this 45+ year-old show guide as new models. If only we could turn back the clock and grab a few of these collectibles while they were still new and somewhat attainable.
We’ll work on getting a time travel device built. In the meantime, mark your calendars…the 2011 show is right around the corner. Perhaps there will be some future classics on display.