Between all the new car reveals and concept debuts, we like to sneak off and take in some of the more different cars on the floor at the 2016 Detroit auto show. Here's what we found.
Unique Fabricating Innovation S-SUV Concept
LeMay museum's 'The Drive Home'
Scion FR-S tuner
Ford Performance booth
Fiat 500 Stormtrooper
Ford Super Duty simulator
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead
2015 Rolls-Royce Dawn
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400
Ferrari 488 GTB
This Super Sport Utility Vehicle concept was designed simply to show off the capabilities of Michigan-based OEM supplier Unique Fabricating. The company is a die-cut fabricator of non-metal materials and employed their product throughout the Innovation S-SUV.
The LeMay car museum took three cars from its collection late December and headed east from Tacoma, Washington to Detroit for what they called ‘the Drive Home.’ The cars – a ’66 Mustang (pictured), ’61 Chrysler 300G, and a ’57 Chevrolet Nomad – held up pretty well against the winter climate during the 2,400-mile trek.
There were plenty of race-ready-appearing cars in automaker’s booths around the show, but we really dug the livery on this Scion FR-S from the Toyota booth.
Even though we’d seen it before, the #1 GT40 Mk IV loaned out to Ford Performance by the Henry Ford Museum was still jaw-dropping. We have to admit we kind of like the Shelby GT350 prototype (chassis 5R002), which we hadn’t seen before, even more.
FCA was taking advantage of their Star Wars: The Force Awakens product sponsorship by rolling out this storm-trooper-emulating little 500. If they had cars in the Star Wars universe long ago and far away, we could imagine mindless clones driving these things, yeah (zing!).
Ford was one of several automakers with full-size simulator rigs on the show floor; this one in particular lets you experience what it’s like to off-road in a Ford Super Duty truck. (In short, it looked jarring.)
Our absolute favourite car at the show was probably this ’53 Rolls with body by Park Ward. It’s one of 12 made, one of six sold in the U.S., and of those six, one of two remaining. The Robb Report hosted the car, worth about $600,000, at their luxury lifestyle booth.
To complement the Silver Dawn, the Robb Report also brought in this brand-new Dawn, worth about $400,000. The car featured a translucent ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ hood ornament, which definitely does not come standard.
The three classics the Robb Report had on display – the ’53 Rolls, a ’67 Corvette, and this ’69 Miura – were all allegedly original-paint cars. That fact showed a little on the Lambo, but if we owned it, we’d keep it as factory as possible, too, touch-up paint spots be damned.
What do you to draw attention to your NAIAS booth if you’re a supplier building something like brakes? If you’re Brembo, you find the coolest car your product’s fitted on and park it on your stand. In this case, that turned out to be a Ferrari 488 GTB.