A city where Rocky Balboa’s legacy in boxing grew, a locale mentioned in a popular Elton John song, the hometown of Will Smith and his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air character (who just happens to be named Will Smith) and the symbolic birthplace of the United States of America, Philadelphia is definitely a vibrant place. A city possessing venues and monuments of history, Philadelphia also has deep roots in promoting the automobile.
The first Philadelphia Auto Show was held in 1902, the vehicle exhibition is one of the oldest active auto shows in the United States. With auto shows in New York and Chicago occurring prior to 1902, the Philadelphia Auto Show does predate the first event in Detroit. With United States production of automobiles residing at just 7,000 vehicles as the show was launched, Philadelphia welcomed patrons still struggling to realize the true potential of cars. It was a time when David Dunbar Buick and William Durant (the architect of General Motors) was still fighting to move their vehicles showcasing overhead valve engine technology.
112 years later after the first show opened, the Philadelphia Auto Show prepares for 2014 with a more aware audience and individual auto companies seeking to sell more vehicles in a week than were produced in the United States through all of 1901. Philadelphia car insurance on an annual basis would be generally higher than the price of those early automobiles. Unchanged after all this time, the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show remains a place where crowds will still be amused at the latest in automotive technology. This year, attendees of the 2014 edition of the Philadelphia Auto Show will have plenty of amusement.
Some automotive masterpieces expected to be present at the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show comes fresh from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, Chrysler 200 sedan, GMC Canyon and the all-new Subaru WRX STI are expected to make an appearance. Chevrolet has also implied bringing both the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Corvette Stingray Convertible to the Philadelphia show. Since I am Canadian, I also find the appearance of the Chevrolet SS sedan as noteworthy (this car will not be available in Canada and I do not expect to see it when I attend the upcoming Canadian International AutoShow).
In addition to the new cars, the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show will also present some historic enlightenment. The Buckingham Concours D-Elegance promises to provide a wide cross-section of past automotive glamour. Also presenting some high-end examples of motorsport history at the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show is the Simone Automotive Museum display.
The 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show will take place from February 8th to February 16th. There is also a Black Tie Tailgate event held the night before the 2014 auto show opens serving as a benefit to raise money for the Division of Neonatology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In the city of brotherly love, the romance for automobiles will bring so much happiness in 2014.
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Information and photo source: Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, General Motors