Go back to the Cleveland auto shows of the early 1990s (video, photos)

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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.

The Pontiac Concept-Stinger vehicle has attracted many viewers looking for a dune buggy recreational vehicle. 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Ford ShocccWave at the Cleveland Auto Show 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Cleveland IX-Center Annual Auto Show, Cadillac Style — Cadillac concept car on display at the 1990 IX-Center Auto Show

1990s Auto Shows

Ghia Ford’s Ford Concept car in Italy, the Zig on display at the Cleveland Auto Show. 1991

1990s Auto Shows

It was Chevrolet’s Experimental Research Vehicle III, also known as CERV III.

1990s Auto Shows

Buick Lucerne Concept, 1992

1990s Auto Shows

Reavis Graham sits inside a Ford Explorer which is a mobile office equipped with a television, cell phone, microwave and other items. The vehicle is at the Greater Cleveland Auto Show at the IX Center. 1991

1990s Auto Shows

Annual Cleveland Auto Show IX Center Sera compact 1.5 liter twin cam 16 valve Gull Wing door by Toyota, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Cleveland’s Lashore takes a ride on the Lincoln Mercury robot as Eugene Wilson and Syeta Lashore watch, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

PDHST PLAIN DEALER HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION Pontiac representative Donna Wong describes a Pontiac-built GTP Grandprix at the Cleveland Auto Show. *************** 1991 Press Photo Donna Wong on the Cleveland Auto Show Cleveland Plain Dealer

1990s Auto Shows

1990 SAAB Turbo 900 Convertible at the annual Cleveland Auto Show

1990s Auto Shows

1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible

1990s Auto Shows

People look at a Chevrolet Suburban at the Cleveland Auto Show Saturday at the IX Center. PD/Scott Shaw 2/19/94

1990s Auto Shows

Michael Ruta and his 15-month-old son Vincent, both of Amherst, learn about Nissan trucks at the auto show.

1990s Auto Shows

Licoln Mercury city car, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Barb and Rick Folan of Westlake check out a Mercury Capri XR2 convertible at the Cleveland Auto Show.

1990s Auto Shows

Tom Scott, manager of Ford’s Design Center in Detroit with the Ford Contour at the Greater Cleveland Auto Show at the IX Center, 1991

1990s Auto Shows

AURORA CONCEPT– General Motors Vice Chairman and Oldsmobile General Manager John D. Rock stands next to Oldsmobile’s new 1995 flagship model, Aurora.

1990s Auto Shows

1990 Suzuki Sidekick gets a little attention from its family of two, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Max Chen and Ken Wong look at a 1990 Volvo 780 on display at the IX Center.

1990s Auto Shows

1990 SAAB Turbo 900 Convertible at the annual Cleveland Auto Show

1990s Auto Shows

Driveways and driveways of exotic show trucks like this will be on display at the Cleveland Auto-Rama at the Cleveland Convention Center, 1994

1990s Auto Shows

1991 Toyota MR 2 mid-engine 2-seat sports car at the annual Cleveland Auto Show.

1990s Auto Shows

Volkswagen Vanagon-Camper attracted a lot of onlookers for its van camper type design, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Chrysler Imperial at the Cleveland Annual Auto Show IX-Center, 1990

1990s Auto Shows

Oldsmobile Tornado Trofeo Coupe was little more than a concept, 1990 Press Photo Cleveland Annual Auto Show

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