This year marks our second trip to San Jose to take part in the Silicon Valley International Auto Show. Last year was our first time at this event, and it was a smashing success. Since I have no fear of early morning news reporters, I invited KTVU news inside the booth for a closer look at our display.
The 1957 Bel-Air was restored by Dave & LizBeth Fletcher of Oakland CA. Originally built at the Oakland Chevrolet plant, the Fletchers have spent two decades and a small fortune to return this car to factory condition. Not only does it have factory seatbelts, it has factory shoulder belts, which are rarely ever seen.
Along the bottom of the dash are a swiveling Kleenex dispenser and vacuum ash tray. This cigarette holder is operated by engine vacuum. If you are too busy drag racing, this car will take a drag as it sucks tobacco smoke into the intake. Once you’ve had your fix, push a button to have the cloud sucked into a sealed jar under the dash. This car scored 999 out of 1000 at the AACA nationals, one point deducted for paint that is better than Chevrolet ever offered.
You will probably never see another matte white R8 GT like the one at our booth, because Audi charges $15,000 for the custom pearlescent finish. Starwood Motors brought a new Wrangler Unlimited riding on 40” Nitto Mud Terrains. Adorned with blinding LED lights and an Alpine system, it was our DJ for the show.
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Los Gatos Luxury Cars partnered with us to showcase their upscale inventory. They arrived with a Long Wheelbase Phantom, Ghost, Aventador, DB9 Carbon, Rapide S, Mulsanne, Flying Spur Speed, GTC Speed and the new GTC V8 S.
It was a great show and we would like to thank KTVU Channel 2 News for the video, and the Silicon Valley Auto Dealers Association for the invitation. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more auto show highlights.