Classic Cars Impress at Cleveland Auto Show

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CLEVELAND, Ohio --

If you're looking for the fan favorite at the Cleveland Auto Show, look no further than the South Hall. That's where all the classic cars are located. They have vehicles from 1930 all the way up to 1984.

"Oh my gosh, that is the olden days," said Royce Acevedo, of Cleveland.

Or better yet, the classic days.

"These cars just bring back a lot of memories for my brothers and my friends," Mike Austin, of Chicago, Illinois, said.

A walk through the South Hall of the I-X Center at the Auto Show is like taking a stroll down memory lane.

"A Chevy was a Chevy. You knew when a Buick was a Buick. Now you have to look three or four times at a new car," said car-enthusiast William Rickard, of Strongsville.

There are vehicles from all different eras, including the 40s, 50s and 60s.

"It's amazing how far we've come as a society technology wise in automobiles," said Rocky River resident Jeff Zaleski.

The cars on display are at least 25 years old or older.

"Some of these cars have been meticulously restored, some are brought to a street rod status, which means it's not quite out to recreate the past, as it is to create a neat looking vehicle," said Terry Troy, Communications Director of the Cleveland Auto Show.

To buy one of these classic cars now would cost a pretty penny--a much different price than they sold for many years ago.

"You could buy one of these cars for $3,000 or $4,000," said Rickard.

These cars defined who we were and what we were about.

"These cars are what America is about and I wish we would get back to that," said Austin.

Every car has a story.

"The first sports car I've seen, my father brought one, and it almost caused him a divorce, but it was pretty cool and it was worth it to us," Austin said.

And every story has an ending.

"It goes back to age, my age, and now the future is out there, it's not the same," said Acevedo.

No, it's not the same, after all, those were the olden days.

The Auto Show runs through Sunday.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. through Saturday.  On Sunday, doors open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

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