The 1996 Seattle International Auto Show
The 1996 Seattle International Auto Show will be held at the Kingdome, November 8-12. Show hours are 12 noon-10 p.m., Wednesday to Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday. Visitors can enter at the Kingdome Pavilion in the south parking lot.
This once-a-year show is the biggest in Seattle's history, 60 percent larger than any previous event, according to Jim Hammond, Puget Sound Auto Dealer's Association Executive Director.
More than 700 new cars, trucks, sport and utility vans and van conversions, representing every domestic and foreign manufacturer, will be on display.
All of the new 1996 cars will be there, including the Nissan Pathfinder in its North American debut; the newly redesigned Ford Taurus, Audi A4, Honda Civic, Acura TL, Plymouth Sundance, and Suzuki Esteem; the new generation of Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth minivans, and the Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki X-90, all-new entries in the popular sport utility field.
Many unique one-of-a-kind concept cars will also be featured, such as a custom-built Cobra, two new Lamborghini Diablos, the $1 million Scandia Ferrari 333SP (winner of the 1995 12 Hours of Sebring), a Bentley Turbo R, a Lotus Esprit S4, and The Arbet, entered in the Guinness Book of Records as America's Smallest Street-Legal Car.
The 89-inch-long Arbet, built from 5,000 hand-made parts, is owned by Bellingham resident Jeff Gibson.
The Auto Show has the latest in cutting-edge technology, too, such as Oldsmobile's new Guidestar Navigation Information System, which combines Global Positioning System information with its in-dash screen to tell you how to get to where you're going, even including the street to turn on to.
Admission is $6.75 for adults. Children 12 and under are free, compliments of Key Bank. New '96 vehicles and one-of-a-kind cars, all under one roof at the Kingdome.