Microcars exhibit highlights small vehicles at NAIAS

Exhibition features nearly dozen microcars mostly from 1960s

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This 1963 Citroen 2CV can be found in the Microcars exhibition at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.

DETROIT - If you make your way downstairs at the North American International Auto Show in Cobo Center you'll find some great futuristic car designs next to some old-school miniature ones.

Lawrence Technical University and Detroit's College for Creative Studies are among schools with great displays showcasing students' work in the production design arena. Yet, it's the bite-size vehicles nearby which seem to be stealing all the attention on the lower level.

The Microcars Exhibition features small vehicles, primarily circa 1960, that at one time were on the cutting edge of automobile design. Vehicles such as the 1963 Citroen 2CV and 1965 Peel Trident bring back a time when small cars were more of a novelty than a necessity on the road.

The 1964 Fiat 500 is easily comparable to its modern-day Fiat relatives. Fiat hasn't changed the look too much, and why should they?

There is about a dozen microcars on display downstairs. The vehicles are tucked away near the food court. They are a must see at the 2013 NAIAS.

Some of them are actually for sale, too.

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