The Nine Most Interesting Cars at the PDX Auto Show

The Nine Most Interesting Cars at the PDX Auto Show

Every February, dozens of manufacturers descend upon Portland, Oregon with their newest cars and motorcycles for a four-day event. This event is used to give potential buyers access to some cars that they can realistically afford and many more that they can’t.
The most recent iteration of the Portland Auto Show was February 5-8, and hundreds of cars were available to experience. With so many cars at the show, it is difficult to find which are the most interesting and unique. You’re in luck because I’ve created a list of the nine most interesting cars at the Portland Auto Show.
2015 Chrysler 200S AWD
Chrysler has been focusing on the luxury market with their new models of the 200, and they are on a mission to defeat the German competitors. This American auto manufacturer hasn’t been known for absolute luxury in the past, but that fact isn’t stopping Chrysler from targeting BMW and Mercedes with their advertisements and design choices.
Chrysler200S
The 200S was onsite at the Portland Auto Show for the potential buyers to examine and compare with the various BMW models. This 200S was the All-Wheel Drive version that comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 producing 295 horsepower. This model 200S included heated sport seats, an interior that felt more luxurious than expected, and standard features like keyless entry and multiple phone inputs, all for roughly $30,000. This sedan had more options and power than any of the 3-series BMW’s at a lower price point. Placing these same options on a 320i would take the price from $32,950 to $42,750.
Chrysler wants to take some business from German manufacturers, and the 200S is the main example of this goal. The appearance, interior, and improved powertrain definitely acted as a draw for customers, as the 200S drew a crowd all day long.
1955 Mercedes 300SL
While the Portland International Auto Show was mainly focused on brand new cars, trucks, and motorcycles, there were a few unique vehicles on hand. The most iconic and historic of these vehicles was a 1955 Mercedes 300SL, which was obviously locked up and tucked behind a velvet rope. This sixty-year-old car was the first model with the unique gullwing doors and an aluminum tube chassis. This lightweight frame paired with the first fuel-injected engine to create the fastest vehicle around—at least at the time.
Mercedes300SL
Even though the 300SL wasn’t available to sit in, this icon still managed to stand out in the room full of Maserati’s, Mercedes, and Porsches. This 300SL had the unique shape and futuristic look that still looks really cool in 2015. Plus, the 300SL was one of the rarer cars at the show, being one of only 1,400 models produced between 1954-1957. How often do you get the chance to drool over a classic car that could sell for well over $2 million at auction?
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
Lately, Ford has been trying to find a way to mix up the standard of modern muscle cars. The most common thought would obviously be more power and speed via a bigger engine, but Ford had a different idea when they introduced the EcoBoost. This 2.3-liter inline 4 that comes standard in the 2015 EcoBoost produces 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, more than the 3.7-liter V6 from the base model.

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