This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

We've finished up most of our coverage of the Detroit Auto Show and are still marveling at some of the latest tech and design we've seen. Will we feel that way in 25 years? Photos from the archives suggest we'll mostly just laugh.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Unlike me, Bob Lutz is a regular visitor and in 1992, he chose to promote the Jeep Grand Cherokee by driving through the window of the Cobo Center with Mayor Coleman Young in the passenger seat. No bean counters were harmed during his stunt.

Now let's see what else made an impression on the crowd during the past.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Toyota agreed to debut its Lexus brand in Detroit, just like Nissan did with Infiniti. Still, the Toyota stand needed careful planning too.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The Cadillac Voyage was actually a concept from the year before with a clever four-wheel drive system, but GM kept it exciting with a pink skirt.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Dodge managed to display a car with ill-fitting doors.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The star of the 1990 show was obviously the Geo Metro Cabriolet. Luckily, some made it to Europe over the years.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

With the CERVIII, GM displayed another Corvette that never was going to happen.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The last Cyclone was made in 1971. This concept however had a TV and an electrochromic glass roof that changed tints depending on the lighting.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Two cars, two engines, one giant Voyager.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Oh yes, the times when you could buy an Alfa Romeo in the US. And just look at that Zagato!

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

More hot Geo action with the Storm!

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Nuccio Bertone looking classy in front of his Emotion Concept.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

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This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Pininfarina's answer to the Bertone was the Chronos.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

1992, the year of the snake.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Mercedes-Benz debuted its new S-Class outside of Europe for the first time.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Slot car racing makes everything better.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The ladies were much needed, the Allanté wasn't going to do it on its own.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Chevy did some acid before the Highlander.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Ford however made something I would rock.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Hyundai started experimenting. Wasn't there yet.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Jeep made a car more economical by adding another 'e' to its name.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The Oldsmobile Aerotech (powered by an Aurora V8) was nothing like the production car.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Mel Farr could sell a car. And fly.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Neons just got stronger.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The '94 Viper Venom Concept didn't make much sense, not unlike her outfit.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The Chrysler Atlantic. Where's a fire when you need one?

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Andy Vajna has lost something in Detroit.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Ford's Aston Martin DB7.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Partytime!

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Removing the roof takes two.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Mercury made it snow inside for the Mountaineer.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

VIPs.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The budget Viper that never was.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Experts all over the place.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Lincoln proving that the Navigator can penetrate water.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Volkswagen's Phaeton was yet to come.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

The meaningless North American Car Of The Year award went to your dentist's car.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Project Vantage was Ford's most exciting concept by far in 1998.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Matt Hardigree attends the Detroit Auto Show for the first time.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

More VIPs.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

As always with pickups, Texas moves to Michigan.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Mitsubishi did it ten years before The Fast and Furious!

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Subaru invited a man who needs a hat more than Niki Lauda.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

President Clinton missing the doors.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Gathering ideas for the presidential limousine.

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

"The women I could get with a C5..."

This Is How Ridiculous The Detroit Auto Show Will Look In 25 Years

Robocop's pickup.

Awesomeness.

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