Car buyers and dreamers pack the the Lehigh Valley Auto Show … – Allentown Morning Call
The Lehigh Valley Auto Show marks its 20th year with some new features — a fourth tent of automobiles, vintage car display, on-site test drives and more.
The four-day event at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus draws thousands for a peek at vehicles that range from the practical family sedan to wish-list sportscars.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles, sport utility vehicles and minivans cover 130,000 square feet of space at Stabler Arena, Rauch Field House and two temporary tents labeled Goodman Halls A and B this weekend.
Gene Boyer and his daughter Samantha, both of Brodheadsville, have made a day of it for years.
“It’s a daddy-daughter date, we try to make it every year,” Boyer said at the show Saturday. “She’s a gearhead and we like to do the car shows.”
The duo stopped to ogle and photograph a shiny blue-and-cream-colored Indian Vintage motorcycle with leather and fringe adornment priced at $20,999.
“It’s expensive but it’s gorgeous,” Boyer said.
The American motorcycle manufacturer, with a dealership in Quakertown, featured several specialty bikes the public could view but not touch.
Boyer said he was there shopping for his wife’s next car and considering a Honda CRV. Samantha Boyer had her eye on a flashy blue Subaru Impreza. She likes the automaker for its all-wheel drive offerings.
The utilitarian Subaru also had its sportscar, the BRZ, on display. The car boasts a 200 horsepower engine but unlike its fellow Fuji Heavy Industries models, it is not all-wheel drive.
Henry and Carolyn Hirsch of Bethlehem Township attended the show to shop for a new vehicle. The Infiniti QX30 captured Caroyln Hirsch’s eye. The smaller SUV’s “liquid copper” color brought pink champagne to mind.
“We’re enjoying looking, we’re going to the dealer from here,” Henry Hirsch said. “We come every year.”
At Stabler Arena, people took advantage of the chance to sit in foreign luxury vehicles, some valued at six figures. The Porsche Panamera in electric blue retails for $138,000 and the 911 Targa 4S boasts a $151,000 price tag. BMW had its 2016 i8 on display behind a velvet rope. The car sells for $146,195. But auto shoppers, and dreamers, were able to slide into the $98,995 2017 BMW M4 convertible and imagine the wind in their hair.
Maserati featured the Ghibli, a $91,000 sedan with a V-6 engine. Jaguar had its F-Type on display, a $95,258 all-wheel drive sportscar with dual exhaust and leather bucket seats.
In the Rauch Field House, guests could sit in a Ford Mustang 5.0 California Special and view a 2018 prototype from the exterior. Chevrolet had its newest Corvette Grand Sport Coupe on display in admiral blue. The car sells for $66,445.
“I want Chevy to bring back the el Camino,” said Spencer Borblli of Dunellen, N.J. “See if the engine is like the older days and what colors they might offer.”
Beyond the dreamy and the practical was the unusual — a 1957 BMW Isetta, a micro-sized European car built with a meager, but gas-conserving, 13 horsepower engine.
Charlie Luecke and Don Costello, both of Easton, admired the miniature vehicle.
“It’s always fun, there’s a little bit of everything here,” Luecke said. “The new cars, they come and go, but the vintage cars are the best.”
Sarah Fulton is a freelance writer.
What: The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association’s annual Lehigh Valley Auto Show, featuring makes and models from 32 manufacturers
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Stabler Athletic and Convocation Center, Rauch Fieldhouse and Goodman Halls A & B; Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus, Goodman Drive in Bethlehem.