Notes From The 2012 Cleveland Auto Show
Honda brought two: this F1 car...
...and this terror-of-the-dragstrip Civic:
There were a few cars there that just made you wonder, "What were they thinking?" Example #1: the ragtop Murano, the answer to a question nobody was asking.
Example #2: the MINI Cooper Coupe. This is just so WRONG....
Example #3: I know the First Amendment protects artistic expression, but can't we make an exception, just this once?
Fiat was there with several 500s, including this gray Abarth.
Not sure how I feel about the instrument panel, with the speedo and the tach in concentric circles. It would definitely take some getting used to.
TTAC and some of the other reviewers were down on the new made-in-Tennessee Passat, but it made a favorable impression on me, and pretty much everyone else that was looking at it.
I also liked the Beetle...
...especially the interior. The body color on the dash really sets it off.
The old-school gallery was a little thin compared to previous years, but there were some pleasant surprises.
This 1936 Buick Opera Coupe was gorgeous enough to make the proverbial fat lady burst into song.
Ron and Betty, who exhibited their 1950 DeSoto "Honeymoon Car" the last two years, were back with their 1961 Corvette.
We'll close with this year's winner of the Car Lust Trophy. The competition was tough this year; this pristine Dodge Magnum XE was a strong contender,...