November 3, 1900 – The first modern auto show

The first modern auto show began at Madison Square Garden in New York City on this day in 1900. This 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 was also the first sanctioned show by a nation organization, sponsored by the Automobile Club of America. It cost a whopping 50 cents to get in, equivalent to about $13 in 2016. 

first auto show

Guests were treated to displays from more than 66 exhibitors, yet only about 31 actual vehicles. The event hosted 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 Curved Dash Runabout. Interesting enough, none of the automakers that partook in the show are still in business.

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