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2018 San Francisco Auto Show: 5 Things You Can't Miss

Things are heating up in California's Bay Area. Is Kevin Durant going to leave the Warriors at the end of the season? Was Draymond Green right to be upset? Is this the end of the Warriors dynasty before the NBA's financial constraints force it to be dismantled? Is their relationship actually stronger now and the rest of the league is doomed? That debate will likely still be raging Wednesday when the 2018 San Francisco International Auto Show opens its doors to the public.

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San Francisco may be one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. to live in and one of the worst commutes for drivers, but if BART or the SFMTA don't get you where you need to go, you'll probably need a car, and the San Francisco auto show is a great place to do your research without any pressure.

Doors at the Moscone Center open at 10 a.m.  Wednesday, and the show's 61st year runs through Nov. 25. Adult tickets are $10 and can be purchased online in advance or at the doors with cash; children 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult. For more details, including show hours and parking, visit its website.

Here are five things you should be sure to check out:

1. 2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger

Ahead of any official press drive — although we recently snuck behind the wheel for some quick impressions — you'll have a chance to take the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger on a test drive and see if the new mid-size pickup truck meets your needs, or if you're just feeling nostalgic for the old Ranger you used to have. A Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 will be available to drive all five days of the show, just be sure to register in advance to get behind the wheel.

2. Test Drives Galore

2018 Jaguar F-Type

In addition to Ford, a total of seven other car brands will be on hand at various points during the show. Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Toyota are all scheduled have vehicles available for test drives. While those vehicles available are subject to change, the current list includes the Jaguar I-Pace and F-Type and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifogilo. (Don't be surprised if those latter two are rides rather than test drives.)

3. The Mustang Bullitt Comes Home

While it's been touring the auto show circuit since the 2018 Detroit auto show in January, the original 1968 Mustang Bullitt will be on display at the Academy of Art University booth along with its 2019 tribute. A black 1968 Dodge Charger will complement the display as a tribute to the film. More than 20 other classic vehicles from the San Francisco Academy of Art collection — including cars from bygone brands like Cord, Duesenberg and Hudson, as well as two 1950s-era Chevrolet Corvettes — will also be there.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

4. Ferrari and Aston Martin Club Cars

Members of the Pacific Region of the Ferrari Club of America and Section West Aston Martin Owners Club will have vehicles on display. While there's no list for the Ferrari display, the Aston Martin selection is expected to include a 1964 DB5, also known as the James Bond car. Classic Astons from the '50s through 2009 — they're classics the second they roll off the assembly line — are also anticipated at the show.

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5. An Exhibit of Privately Owned Teslas

The first generation of the Tesla Roadster — not the one that's in space right now — made its auto show debut in 2006 at the San Francisco auto show. In recognition of that, a group of Tesla owners and enthusiasts put together an exhibit for this year's show to highlight the design and technology that makes Teslas what they are today. A first-generation Roadster is expected to be on display, along with a Model 3, Model S and Model X.

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