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Cleveland Auto Show to show off basic gas sippers, life-size Lego Batmobile and a $3.4 million Aston Martin

By Akron Beacon Journal staff (TNS) • Feb 24, 2017 at 2:54 PM

CLEVELAND — It’s time once again to get your drive on.

The Cleveland Auto Show opens to the public at 5 p.m. Friday at the I-X Center next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The annual show runs through March 5.

This year’s show, which kick-starts the new vehicle spring selling season in Northeast Ohio, once again will let people see up close the latest for-sale models as well as pre-production and concept vehicles. Show organizers say there will be more than 1,000 vehicles on display.

Count among the more fun, nondriveable vehicles on display the Lego Batmobile, which measures 17 feet long, nearly 7 feet high and more than 9 feet wide. The Batmobile took 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build. It is made up of 344,187 Lego bricks of 17 different colors.

There will, of course, be real cars that showgoers can take for a short spin.

Indoor ride attractions will be the Camp Jeep and Ram Indoor Truck Track obstacle courses. The redesigned Ram course is designed to show off truck power and towing capabilities.

Visitors can also take part in test rides, called Ride-N-Drives, from Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat.

The show is sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association and AutoTrader.com.

Show entertainment will include sports celebrity appearances from the Browns, Cavs and others. Check online at clevelandautoshow.com for times and dates of appearances.

‘Millionaire’s Row’

This year’s “Millionaire’s Row” of ultra-high-performance — and ultra-high-priced — vehicles will have cars with a collective value of more than $5 million, mainly from Cleveland Motorsports, a high-end dealership run by Bernie Moreno.

Don’t expect to sit in these vehicles, never mind take one for a test drive.

Still, Powerball and Mega Millions lottery winners may want to check out the priciest vehicle, a $3.4 million, 800 horsepower V-12 Aston Martin Vulcan that can hit 205 mph. It is one of just two in the United States and one of just 24 made in the world. The Vulcan will be the most expensive car ever displayed at the auto show.

Millionaire’s Row will also feature a Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge, which is aimed at a younger (and still wealthy) buyer; a McLaren 570S; and Aston Martin’s newest sports car, the DB11. The least expensive car: a $67,200 Porsche Macan GTS.

The show will also include the 18th annual classic car competition featuring up to 65 vehicles at least 25 years old. The classic cars will be displayed in the lower level of the I-X Center.

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