Experiencing the Classics

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The DeLorean DMC-12. Photo by Nina Tabios.

For the 60th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show this holiday season, the Academy of Art University revealed some rare gems and classic favorites from its revered collection of old-school automobiles from Nov. 18–25.

This year, the Academy’s exhibit was showcased at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, and visitors who walked through the rows of consumer cars were greeted with a DeLorean DMC-12, the infamous time machine from 1985 sci-fi movie “Back to the Future.”

The rest of the show featured American staples such as Packards and Chryslers from the 1930s; roadsters, coupes, and convertibles; American muscle cars such as a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, a 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix and 1969 Firebird Trans AM.

“We are proud to be able to exhibit vehicles that represent the elegance, style, craftsmanship, technology and innovative spirit of automotive designers of the past and the future,” said Show Director Kevin Diamond in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity provided by Elisa Stephens, president of the university.”


(L–R) The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster next to the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Photo by Nina Tabios.


The 1962 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline. Photo by Nina Tabios.


The 1963 Buick Riviera. Photo by Nina Tabios.


The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Photo by Nina Tabios.


Guests admire and take photos of the 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow. Photo by Nina Tabios.