The Miami International Auto Show celebrates its 44th annual this year. The premiere event in 1971 at the Miami Beach Convention Center - its home ever since then - was an auspicious opening. It was among a handful of major auto shows in America. Literally, five cities offered auto enthusiasts a full-fledged professional display of the latest models: New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Now there are 60 annual auto shows and the South Florida production is still among the largest.
In 1971, Datsun introduced the 240Z, gasoline was 36 cents a gallon and the Miami lnternational Auto Show launched its first exhibition. Today, this same show is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation. A venue for national product introductions, the auto show showcases more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world - a collection that auto enthusiasts wait all year to see.
Building from a momentous show in 2014, this signature South Florida event is back with popular returning exhibits, including Topless in Miami's display of convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, a spin-off of Memory Lane celebrating nostalgia of the 50s. Ride & Drive events, including Camp Jeep will also be back at Convention Center Drive.