Since 1971, the South Florida International Auto Show is held every year in Miami Beach, Florida. The date varies, but is usually between the last week in October and first week in December. While often underlooked, it is one of the most prominent auto shows in the United States. The 10-day event averages over 650,000 visitors a year, making it the fifth busiest auto show in the United States. The 2009 show will be held October 23-November 1. The show is important both for its introductions and that it is the first of the major North American Auto Shows, so it is the first time that all new-year models are shown under one roof. It is an especially popular debut show for high-end European manufacturers.
One of the unique attractions of this major auto show is the MEMORY LANE exhibit of classic vehicles. It is a rare collection of the finest examples of automotive history from the 1920s through the 1970s. Many of the new car designs shown at the auto show are inspired by the classic styles of the antique cars being displayed in MEMORY LANE. Since 1995, this display is presented by the South Florida Region of the ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA ("AACA").
Over the years, the following vehicles have debuted at the auto show: