A History of the Show and the impact it has had on the auto industry
Automobiles have helped shape our culture and have played a critical role in the development of our economy and today’s modern cities and suburbs. They’ve given us the opportunity to explore this vast land, experience our national parks, visit friends and family, and take in all the treasures this country has to offer. They’ve influenced the arts and have had a profound impact on music, film, photography, design and so much more while giving us the freedom of personal mobility.
Even during the toughest times, the auto industry never stopped engineering, designing and building great vehicles and the New York Auto Show has been here to present them to the world. Here we’ve opened our vault to pay tribute to an industry whose innovations have transformed the lives of people across the globe.
WHAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE YEARS?
A UNIQUE EVENT WITH A RICH HISTORY: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY!
Today, the New York Auto Show is one of the most important automotive events in the world, but did you know that it was the first show to reveal Henry Ford’s Model T, or that it is North America’s oldest Auto Show. Just for fun, here are a few other interesting or surprising facts about the country’s most popular Auto Show.
A total of sixty-nine exhibitors showed 160 vehicles worth $560,000 and attracted 48,000 visitors. The vehicles on display ranged in price from $280 to $4,000.
Henry Ford’s Model T also made its first auto show appearance.
First Lincoln launched.
General Motors introduces its instantly successful Pontiac at the New York Auto Show.
The New York Auto Show’s opening day is televised for the first time on NBC.
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing makes its world debut in New York.
Jaguar chooses New York to debut the E-Type.
Ford unveiled the original Mustang in New York.
Valued at $38 million, NASA’s lunar rover becomes the most expensive vehicle ever displayed at the New York Show.
With vehicle prices ranging from the $3,900 Yugo to a $163,00 Rolls-Royce, the auto show makes its final appearance at the New York Coliseum and prepares to move into its current home at the Javits Center.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the New York Auto Show, GM brings its entire line-up of concept cars to New York and reveals them in Central Park.
During public days, show-goers consumed: 24,000 sodas, 14,000 Chicken tenders and fries baskets, 10,000 Hamburgers, 12,000 Personal pizzas, 17,000 Hotdogs, 21,000 Pretzels, 12,000 Bottles of water, 19,000 Bags of roasted nuts, 11,000 Empanadas, 2,000 cups of espresso and 500 pounds of M&Ms!