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The coolest cars in town, in pictures

Cadillac-Ciel-MDB

Matthew DeBord

Cadillac's Ciel concept convertible is old school but drop-dead gorgeous. Luxury with the top down rarely looks this smashing.

Hot-Wheels-Camaro-MDB

Matthew DeBord

It's a Hot Wheels Camaro, complete with the track. Yes, a Hot Wheels Camaro. For the kid in all of us...

Mercedes-Gull-MDB

Matthew DeBord

Mercedes brought back the gullwing doors and the public swooned. Matt DeBord swoons over the English racing green color. I've seen enough silver and black Mercedes.

Mustang-Boss-302-MDB

Matthew DeBord

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 may, just may, be the finest Mustang every created by human hands on Planet Earth. A revival of a 1970 classic, it's sure to draw some crowds when the 2011 LA Auto Show opens to the public — and it proves that Ford can still do it's most famous car better than ever, even when it's evoking the past.

Infiniti-IPL-Convert-MDB

Matthew DeBord

There's no shortage of convertibles at the 2011 LA Auto Show. This is Infiniti's new IPL, which should appear in showrooms in late 2012.

Matthew DeBord

Don't think cool cars can some in small packages? No so. The new Chevy Sonic is proof that General Motors can finally do a tiny ride that looks commands attention.

Smarts-MDB

Matthew DeBord

How many Smart cars can you pack into the LA Auto Show? Quite a few.

Where's-Ferrari-MDB

Matthew DeBord

Think Los Angeles is a true Ferrari town? Think again. This is where the Italian Stallions are supposed to be. But yet again, Ferrari has skipped the LA Auto Show.


What are car shows like the LA Auto Show all about? Sure, there are plain old sedans and minivans and pickup trucks. But there's also some hotter fare. Much hotter fare.

The LA Show gives automakers a chance to show off what they've got, in a city that's always had a love affair with the automobile. Run through the slide show for a sampling of some thrilling rides that you'll definitely want to check out when you come down to show this weekend or next week (it opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 18).

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