Saturday, October 9, 2010

Blast from the out the closet and ran across this...

 Found this brochure last week and wow did it bring back some memories. Going to the Auto Show was a tradition for me and my brother. We even had our picture taken with Downtown Julie Brown who was GORGEOUS back then. When I saw her playboy spread I would "wubba wubba wubba" one out to her on a regular basis...

In looking up info for the page I notice one thing..those bastards rehashed shit from the 89 for the 92 show (we didn't start going regularly until 1990)... oh well..

The info is cribbed from Wikipedia.. have fun going down memory lane..


wow..that was 18 years ago..huh

young and tight in 1992...

a bunch of kids by 2008

rockin' the mom jeans...

gotta admit I'm diggin the legs and thickness...

The 1990 Pontiac Sunfire 2+2 concept sports coupe features a set of unique door openings which use one and a half doors on each side to facilitate access to the rear seats while allowing normal front seat entry and exit. It is powered by a front mounted 16 valve, 4 cylinder, dual overhead cam, turbocharged, 2 liter engine that delivers 190 hp. It also features fully independent suspension, front wheel drive, antilock brakes and five speed manual transmission. The body is high tech carbon fiber and uses 20 inch front wheels with 21 inch rears. The interior features all the latest electronics including Heads Up Display (HUD), 6-way memory front seats, steering wheel with radio and comfort controls and voice activated cellular telephone. Sunfire’s overall length of 179 inches and 109 inch wheelbase allowed the wheels to be pushed to the outer extremities allowing maximum rear seating capacity. Door handles are non-existent on the Sunfire. A touch sensitive panel in the rear sail panel activates the door opening mechanism. The Sunfire name and some of its styling lines became part of Pontiac production small car line in the 1995 model year.

The Grand Cherokee's origins date back to 1983 when American Motors (AMC) engineers were designing a successor to the smaller Jeep Cherokee (XJ). Three outside (non-AMC) designers—Larry Shinoda, Adam Clenet, and Giorgetto Giugiaro—were under contract with AMC to create and build a clay model of the Cherokee replacement, then known as the "XJC" project. However, the basic design for the Cherokee's replacement was well under way by AMC's in-house designers and the 1989 Jeep Concept 1 show car foretold the basic design.

The Grand Cherokee was the first Chrysler-badged Jeep product. Development work for the new model continued and Chrysler employees (after the 1987 buyout of AMC) were eager for a late-1980s release date; however, CEO Lee Iacocca was pushing for redesigned Chrysler minivans, thus delaying the Grand Cherokee's release until late 1992 as an Explorer competitor. Unlike the Explorer, the Grand Cherokee utilized monocoque (unibody) construction, whereas the Explorer was a derivative of the Ranger pickup with a separate body-on-frame.

The Grand Cherokee debuted in grand fashion at the January 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Then Chrysler president Robert Lutz drove Detroit mayor, Coleman Young, up the steps of Cobo Hall and through a plate glass window to show off the new vehicle. Sales of the 1993 model year Grand Cherokee began in April 1992.

The first prototype was tested in January 1989. It debuted in 1991 with two pre-production models as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 when Dodge was forced to substitute it in place of the Japanese-built Stealth because of complaints from the United Auto Workers, and went on sale in January 1992 as the RT/10 Roadster.

The Plymouth Voyager 3 was a minivan concept car revealed in 1989. Part of its aerodynamic design featured a glass roof. One thing that was unique about this car was that in a sense it was a mini tractor-trailer; the cab separated from the back of the car and could be driven by itself. The rear wheels of the cab were hidden(notice on image) when it was all in one piece.

25th Anniversary Countach

Named to honor the company's twenty-fifth anniversary, in 1988, the 25th Anniversary Countach was mechanically very similar to the 5000QV but sported much changed styling. The rear 'air boxes' were restyled and enlarged, while the vents behind them were changed so that they ran front to back instead of side to side. In addition, a new air dam and side skirting, both with air intakes, were fitted, and the taillights were restyled to be narrower, with body-colored panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous large taillights. The styling changes were unpopular with many, particularly since the intakes had strakes in them that appeared to mimic those on the Ferrari Testarossa, but they improved the engine's cooling, a problem the Countach had always struggled with. It also featured 345/35R15 tires; the widest tires available on a production car at the time. The Anniversary was produced through 1990 when it was replaced by the Lamborghini Diablo.

The Diablo was presented to the public for sale on January 21, 1990, at a base price of $240,000 at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo during the second Lamborghini Day.Power came from a 5,709 cc (348 cu in), 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 499 PS (367 kW; 492 hp) and 580 N·m (428 lb·ft) of torque. The vehicle could reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in slightly under 4 seconds, with a top speed of over 333 km/h (207 mph). The Diablo was rear-wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance.

The Diablo came better equipped than the Countach had; standard features included fully adjustable seats and steering wheel, electric windows, an Alpine stereo system, and power steering. Anti-lock brakes were not initially available, although they would eventually be used. A few options were available, including a custom-molded driver's seat, remote CD changer and subwoofer, rear spoiler, factory fitted luggage set (priced at $2,600) and an exclusive Breguet clock for the dash (priced at $10,500). The Diablo was the fastest production car in the world for the 1991 model year, having a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph), which exceeded the 324 km/h (201 mph) of the previous title-holder, the Ferrari F40. The Diablo held the title until the release of the Bugatti EB110 in 1991, which claimed a top speed of 343 km/h (213 mph).

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