Open Menu
Open Menu

Gallery: On the ground at the Detroit Autorama

Published in

As this Pro Street Mustang demonstrates, if one blower is good, then three must be better. All photos by Barry Kluczyk.

Each year, Cobo Hall plays host to the Detroit Autorama, a show that’s become one of the “must attend” events on the custom-car calendar. The highlight is the presentation of the Ridler Award, given to the best-of-show, making its public debut in Detroit, but that’s not to say that all vehicles on display at Autorama are one-off, money-is-no-object custom builds.

This bubble car clearly started life as a Volkswagen Beetle. You most definitely won’t see another at the local show-and-shine.

As Hemmings Muscle Machines regular contributor Barry Kluczyk illustrates with the photos seen here, the Detroit Autorama – now in its 66th year – offers something for just about everyone, from restorations to race cars, and from Pro Street to “what the hell is that, exactly?” Enjoy Barry’s work below, and if you’d like to see similar cars up close and personal, future Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series stops include Chicago, March 9-11; Omaha, March 16-18; Winnipeg, March 16-18; and Boston, March 23-25.

We like the look of this “day two” International Scout II, but have our doubts as to how well the color-matched wheels would hold up off-road.


We’re not sure what we’d use this retro-bodied cabover dually for, but we’d find something.


Does “understated” ever apply to a 427-powered Mercury Comet Caliente?


If there were a “car we’d most like to drive home” award, this Hurst/Olds would have been a contender.


Ditto for this time-capsule Ford Econoline.