CLEVELAND, Ohio — By heading to the IX Center for the Cleveland Auto Show each year, visitors get more than just a glimpse of the latest cars. They have a glimpse of the future. Dazzling concept cars showcase technology and styles that manufacturers believe will one day be commonplace.
The historic Plain Dealer photos below, dated from 1990 to 1994, give us an idea of what automakers like Ford, Cadillac, Pontiac, Chevrolet and Buick thought was the future. Were they right?
From the Pontiac Stinger for the beach to the streamlined Ford ShocccWave, visitors to those early ’90s auto shows saw a new era of automotive design unfold before their eyes.
While they were there, they could also kick the tires on their next potential car purchase. Watch the video above and photos below to see some long-discontinued vehicles like the Toyota Sera, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Chrysler Imperial, Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, and Volkswagen Vanagon-Camper.
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1980s Cleveland Auto Shows
Travel back in time to the Cleveland Flats of the 1980s
1980s Cleveland Restaurants
Cleveland’s malls in their heyday
Memories of the Cleveland Mall (Volume II)
Take a trip back in time to see Cedar Point from the 1980s
See historic photos of Nela Park illuminations at GE since 1928
Downtown Cleveland Christmas Decorations
What Cleveland Browns fans looked like the last time the team was this good
Historical Photos of Euclid Beach Amusement Park
Historic Photos of Lake Geauga Amusement Park
SeaWorld Ohio Historic Photos
Historic Photos of Lake Chippewa Amusement Park
Memories of the Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland in the 1950s