Remember When Auto Shows Were Insanely Glamorous?
As the auto show season is only weeks from ramping up, you’ll soon have your fill of unobtainium-grade concept cars, exotics, and expensively constructed pavilions, but one thing sorely missed will be the sense of glamor that motor shows used to enjoy.
This glamor is from a time when is back when vehicles weren’t necessarily affordable, ubiquitous, or “practical”, but when they were seen—and sold—as the most advanced item of technology a person could acquire.
“Advanced” could be as then-groundbreaking as mass-produced fibreglass bodies for the Chevrolet Corvette, or the charming forward-opening door on an Iso Isetta, but these days, it’s difficult to get excited about extra cupholders and infotainment systems.
If you had the opportunity to experience motor shows from, say, the ’50s–early ’80s, were they fun, glamorous spectacles? Or do you prefer the more casual, family-focused “modern” auto show?