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Saturday, 25 February, 2012 3:04 PM

60th Annual Detroit AutoRama continues today at Cobo Center

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

A look at the Hollywood Legends section of the Detroit AutoRama in 2011.

 

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- Despite the recent "winter storm" and continuing financial difficulties, Detroit remains the Motor City thanks to the 60th annual AutoRama at COBO Center this weekend, where people still kept their engines running -- and warm -- with everything from muscle and customized cars, and novelty vehicles that has long been forgotten ... until now.

For instance, there's the 1960 Vespa 400 by Rob Gerring of Elkhart, Indiana with the top speed of 60 miles per hour. An estimated 1,600 were brought from Europe to the United States from 1957 to 1961. "They were everyday cars back in the 1960's," Gerring stated.

According to him, the Vespa 400 was the standard automobile similar to the Volkswagen. Today, there are 200 left (in the junkyards), but only 50 may run. At a price of restoration, the Vespa could be brought between $25,000-30,000.

While at work one day, Dale Van Der Meer of Wyoming, MI was inspired -- and requested by two friends -- to create a real-life replica of a certain toy truck he used to have as a child, and out came the Tonku 1992 Jeep Cherokee, which he finished last May after an almost 20-year labor of love.

Next, there's the 1962 Amphican by Bob Adams of Oakland, MI. It was built in Berlin, Germany from 1961 to 1968, where 3,878 vehicles went into total production. The Amphican was dubbed the nickname the "Model 770" because it was one (probably the only one) to drive on water with a top speed of seven miles per hour, and 70 on land; 800-900 are currently in stock.

And the South has risen again at AutoRama with The Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee autographed by stars John Schneider (Bo Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), and James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane). This General was brought from Warner Bros. with the title, and was originally used onscreen during the show's run on CBS from 1979 to 1985.

Related Stories: 2011 AutoRama wraps up today at Detroit's Cobo Center; The 58th Annual AutoRama is now underway at Cobo Center in Detroit

 

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

The "General Lee" car from the TV series Dukes of Hazzard at the 2011 Detroit AutoRama.

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

Monster trucks for kids at the 2011 Detroit AutoRama

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

A GM Performance model stands in front of the award-winning Chevrolet Silverado in 2011.

 

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