1997 Houston Auto Show

There was one section with "miscellaneous" cars, and antiques, not dedicated to a particular manufacturer.

Ladder Truck Antique Ladder Truck.

Subaru Supra Would you believe that this is a "Supra?" No, not a Toyota Supra.  This is a Subaru Supra, a tiny pickup truck. It's smaller than you would think from the photo... bigger than a golf cart, but nowhere near as large as a Honda Civic.  The bed is very low, so I'm sure it was easy to load cargo for hauling around busy Japanese streets.

There were a few motorcycles.

Yamaha Road Star Yamaha had just introduced the Road Star.   Looking at it, you'd call it a Harley Davidson wannabe, but it's really a magnificent motorcycle.

The rest of the photos were in the company display sections of the Astrohall.

Acura NSX (Honda) Acura NSX (That's a Honda NSX if you aren't in the U.S.)


BMW Z3 BMW Z3, 4-cylinder BMW Z3

BMW Z3 BMW Z3, 6-cylinder BMW Z3 wheel

Buick Regal GS Buick Regal GS

Cadillac Catera Cadillac Catera (manufactured by Opel, General Motors' German affiliate.)

Chevrolet Camaro Z28Chevrolet Camaro Z28 SS, 30th Anniversary Edition Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Chevrolet Corvette C5Chevrolet Corvette C5Chevrolet Corvette C5Chevrolet Corvette C5 wheel The new-for-1997 5th generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Chrysler Sebring JX Chrysler Sebring JX, now referred to as the Chrysler Sebring Convertible.

Dodge Concept TruckDodge Concept TruckDodge Concept Truck Dodge concept vehicle -- pickup truck.  I can't remember what they called it.

Dodge Dakota Dodge Dakota pickup

Dodge Durango Dodge Durango Before you could buy one!  The 1998 Dodge Durango.

Dodge Viper GTS Dodge Viper GTS The "other" American sports car, the Dodge Viper.  Chevy, of course, has the Corvette.  How about it Ford?  Another competitor in this class sure would be fun!

Ford Escort Redesigned Ford Escort... but no longer in production a couple of years later.

Ford F150 Ford F-150.  Why did I take this picture?  I think this more aerodynamic model was new that year.

GMC Sonoma GMC Sonoma.   The best looking small pickup.

Hyundai Tiburon Hyundai Tiburon The Hyundai Tiburon.  Neat looking little car, just needs more power and better handling to live up to its looks.

Jaguar XK8 Convertible Jaguar XK8 Convertible The Jaguar XK8 Convertible.  Okay, so Ford does have a sports car... but it's made in England.

Jeep DakarJeep Dakar Jeep Dakar concept vehicle.  This is the old Cherokee with cosmetic changes.  I think it looks pretty neat... they should produce it this way.  It even had spare fuel tanks mounted to the rear.

Kia Sephia Kia Sephia... a tiny little car.

Land Rover Discovery Land Rover Discovery.

Mazda Miata prototype Mazda Miata prototype Mazda Miata prototype (wheel) This was a modified Mazda MX-5 (Miata).  It had wide tires and major engine modifications.

Mercedes Benz SL Mercedes Benz SL (wheel) Mercedes Benz SL

Mercedes Benz SLK Kompressor Mercedes Benz SLK Kompressor Mercedes Benz SLK Kompressor Mercedes Benz SLK Kompressor.  "Kompressor" is German for "Turbocharger." Neat, quick little car, but too much emphasis on luxury and not enough on sport.

Oldsmobile Intrigue Oldsmobile Alero  Cutlass Oldsmobile Cutlass, and  Aurora Oldsmobile Aurora

Plymouth Prowler Plymouth Prowler Plymouth Prowler Plymouth Prowler Plymouth Prowler... now I guess they'll be "Chrysler Prowlers."

Pontiac Grand Prix Pontiac Grand Prix and  MontanaPontiac Montana Pontiac Montana

Porsche Boxster Porsche Boxster There were a lot of people around this Porsche Boxster all of the time... it was hard to get the picture.  I think I took one and then got the other one later.

Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen Golf

4th Generation Toyota Supra 4th generation Toyota Supra.  This car was last imported to the U.S. in 1998.  Photo is severely underexposed.

Updated March 19, 2001

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