Auto Expo '91, the state's largest exhibition of antique, classic, exotic and special interest automobiles will be Friday through Sunday, April 5-7, in the Salt Palace with funds going to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.

Sponsored by Texaco/Havoline, the 6th annual auto show has become an important fund-raising event for several Utah charities. Previously, the expo raised money for the Utah Heart Association and Utah Special Olympics.John Douglas, expo chairman, said, "We chose to work with the Shriner's Children's Hospital this year because they're not as familiar to most Utahns as some of the other major charities and we felt we could really do them some good."

He said the expo shouldn't be confused with the Utah Automobile Dealers Association show or any other exhibition that is specifically designed to display automobiles for sale to the public.

The expo will feature more than 200 automobiles from private collectors from all parts of Utah and other states. Nearly every era in automobile history will be represented from mint condition antiques to the exotic and high-priced Ferraris and Lam-borghinis of today.

Also featured will be classic Thunderbirds, Corvettes, Porsches and Mustangs. One of the items to watch for is a display of Ferraris valued at more than $3 million.

Each automobile that will be shown must meet rigid standards for appearance, functional design, engineering features, finish, care, operation and authenticity.