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November 3, 1900 – The first modern auto show

What is considered the first modern auto show took place at Madison Square Garden on this day in 1900. It was not the first auto show, nor was it even the first show at Madison Square Garden, but it was the first big show, like really big. It cost a whopping 50 cents to get in, which is about $13 today. Guests were treated to displays from more than 66 exhibitors, yet only about 31 actual vehicles. The event, sponsored by the Automobile Club of America, saw more than 10,000 people come for a peek throughout the week. It was at this show that Ransom E. Olds debuted a prototype for his Runabout. Fun fact: None of the automakers that were displayed vehicles at this show exist today! Image courtesy the New York Times

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