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Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
Cleveland Auto Show Hosts Millionaire’s Row
Cleveland, OH (February 1, 2013) – When the Cleveland Auto Show opens its doors on Saturday Feb. 23 at the I-X Center, attendees will get the chance to see vehicles many people only dream about seeing up close. With vehicles presented by the Collection Auto Group, the Cleveland Auto Show is hosting a display called Millionaire’s Row featuring vehicles worth well in excess of $200,000.
“The first annual Millionaire’s Row will provide auto show goers with an opportunity to see vehicles that rarely make it on the road today,” says Dan Sanders, chairman of the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show. “These are cars that all of us dream of owning.”
The Millionaire’s Row display will include a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish; 2013 Maserati Gran Turismo Sport Convertible; a 2013 McLaren MP4-12C; 2013 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65; a 2012 Aston Martin Rapide S and a 1992 Ferrari F40.
“Of all the cars in the display, the least expensive is the Mercedes AMG SL65, which costs $237,000,” says Bernie Moreno, president and owner of the Collection Auto Group, which specializes in upscale vehicles in a variety of brands. “These are the vehicles that were on posters that you put up on your bedroom wall when you were younger. They are works of art. Whether you drive a Buick Encore or a Volkswagen Passat, these are the vehicles that set the standard of automotive design.”
The oldest vehicle in the collection is the 1992 Ferrari F40, which is one of the last vehicles developed by the legendary Enzo Ferrari before his death in 1988. Built as a successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO starting in 1987, it was the most powerful and expensive vehicle ever sold to the public by Ferrari at the time. With a suggested sticker of over $400,000 brand new, some consumers were reported to have paid over $1.5 million. With only about 1,300 produced, this is one vehicle that is seeing a dramatic increase in value.
“At auction, the prices of the F40 are going through the roof right now,” added Moreno.
The newest vehicle in the display is the Aston Martin Vanquish, a return to a legendary nameplate for the brand. Powered by an upgraded 6.0-liter V12, this supercar can rip from zero to 60 in four seconds and hits a top speed of more than 183 miles an hour, on the track of course. But if you want one, make sure you bring your piggybank. The sticker starts at $279,995. Also sporting a V12 under its hood, the Rapide S is Aston Martin’s most powerful four-door to date. It is also arguably the most stunning four-door sports car on the market today.
The Maserati Gran Turismo Sport Convertible has a 453 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 mated to a six-speed transmission that can cover the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds, reach a top speed of 186 miles an hour and go from zero to 60 in under five seconds. That’s a lot of wind in your hair.
If that’s not fast enough for you, slip behind the wheel of the McLaren MP4-12C. Expect to make a hefty deposit however, with prices ranging from $231,400 for a base model to well over $500,000 for some track equipped models. The track equipped models put out more than 618 horsepower and can rocket this lightweight racecar from zero to 60 in under a scant three seconds.
Of course, there’s a lot more to see at the Cleveland Auto Show than just these upscale cars. The Cleveland Auto Show has more than 900 reasonably priced vehicles on display in more than one million square-feet of exhibit space. In fact, you’ll find vehicles in just about everyone’s price range. And the vast majority of them get a lot better fuel economy than the vehicles in Millionaire’s Row.
“As one of the largest auto shows in the nation, the Cleveland Auto Show always attracts the most advanced displays and models from each of the manufacturers represented,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the Cleveland Auto Show. ”You’ll find virtually every brand well-represented at the show.”
The Cleveland Auto Show also features Ride-N-Drive events from more than 10 different brands, as well as a complete slate of family fun and entertainment across the Show’s nine-day run. The Show runs from Saturday, February 23, 2013 through Sunday, March 3, 2013. Parking is free for the duration of the Show, courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers.
If you would like more information on the Cleveland Auto Show, or if you would like to purchase e-tickets online with no convenience charge courtesy of Huntington Bank, head to www.clevelandautoshow.com, and click on “Buy Tickets”.
About the Cleveland Auto Show
The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by AutoTrader.com, marks the start of the spring selling season in Northeast Ohio. Featuring concept, pre- production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly 1.2 million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs, OSU and NASCAR. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903.
About the GCADA
The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA) has served the retail-automobile industry and community with integrity and distinction since 1903. Today, located in Brecksville, Ohio, GCADA represents 250 franchised motor vehicle dealers, which includes new-car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shore and beyond. More information on the GCADA can be found at www.gcada.org.
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