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The Odd and the Fantastical: Detroit 2014 Miscellany

Press days from the 2014 North American International Auto Show have wrapped up, and now the show will be turned over to the public. Many will go in looking for the hottest new cars and the biggest debuts, reported by BoldRide and others, but there was much more that was overlooked. Here are is our collation of the offbeat, odd, and under-reported from Detroit in 2014.

The Odd and the Fantastical: Detroit 2014 Miscellany

Let’s start with a car that everyone loves. The DeLorean was the brainchild of Detroit legend John DeLorean but found a place in our hearts as the time traveling coupe from the Back to the Future franchise. Above, it is being used to promote in-car technology or some such thing…

PHOTOS: See more of the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12


The Toyota FT-1 is one of the most impressive supercar concepts to come out of Detroit this year, but it got off to a rocky start. The box you see above was suspended 10 feet above the display until showtime, then it was lowered and these Stig impersonators disconnected it– or that was the plan. They could not get the box unhinged so there was a very awkward 30 seconds where only half the journalists could see the FT-1. Still, great car.

PHOTOS: See more of the Toyota FT-1 Concept

Jeep Map

The Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver is one sweet ride…and in case you get lost in a very specific corner of the planet, there is even a topographical map on the hood!

PHOTOS: See more of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk


The headlight of the 2015 Ford F-150 had me thinking that the Ford boys are spending too much time sniffing glue and playing with Tonka trucks.

PHOTOS: See more of the 2015 Ford F-150


The rear fascia of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge– complete with F1 style center brake-light. Because someone in a go-kart might be tailgating you.

PHOTOS: See more of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Smart Gulf

This is a Smartcar painted in Gulf Racing livery. That is all.


The shaker hood of the Dodge Challenger in person. More cars need this.


But less cars need the overly complicated roof of the Porsche 911 Targa. I’m a fan of the look, not of the unnecessary gimmick.

PHOTOS: See more of the Porsche 911 Targa


The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept looks like its at the Golden Globes as is prepares to take the stage.

PHOTOS: See more of the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept


Honestly, Detroit– let’s talk about how you look like a former Soviet State sometimes. And you wonder why they go through a slump of boring cars every other decade.

Nissan IDx

The Nissan IDx. A lovely homage to Datsun– and I overheard that Dx stands for 210. Datsun faithful will appreciate that.

PHOTOS: See more of the Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Smart Bike

Here’s a suit on a bicycle at a car show. You see some strange things at car shows.


In the front concourse, Bob Lutz helped unveil a new convertible from VL Automotive. VL is taking former Fisker chassis, and ditching the electric powertrain for a supercharged V8.


Meanwhile, on the other side of Cobo hall just 45 minutes later, his other venture, VIA Motors discussed their products– Chevrolet pickup trucks converted to hybrid and electric powertrains. We think Lutz is stuck in permanent “opposite day.”

Golf Dune

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept grew on me. It’s a Beetle, that rides high off the ground, and has places for skis. We like.

PHOTOS: See more of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept


I walked past every new car at the Lincoln stand to photograph this 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Coupe. The elegant two-door featured a 7.3-liter V12, and featured stunning body work designed by Ray Dietrich. He also designed the iconic Gibson Firebird guitar, perhaps exemplifying the relationship between all things “cool” in our motoring past. Music, guitars, cars and girls– it’s all interconnected, man.