We’ve closed the hood on the 2016 edition of the annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) held in Chicago. As we’ve come to expect, the show was a diverse and amazing collection of collectable cars from all manufacturers.
The main attraction this year was the Cars of Carroll Shelby. Even as a diehard Corvette fanboy, this blogger has never been so enamored by Shelby Cobras, GT 350’s and 500’s, and even a GT40 roadster. Other non-vette displays included some super rare supercharged Studebakers, unique sunroof equipped cars, and a group of “Day 2” cars wearing period correct go-fast modifications. Elsewhere the Class of 1966 and 1971 displays celebrated cars of all makes that turned 45 and 50 years old this year. Throw in the seminars, celebrity appearances, autograph sessions, vendors, and the live bands and you’ve got one very complete car show.
Corvettes were well represented throughout the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The Corvette Central Sponsored Triple Diamond display was comprised of Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight winning Corvettes. Some of our favorites in there included a pair of 1963 Z06’s, the 2nd production C3, and a host of 1967 big block cars.
Meanwhile over in the Corvette Legends Invitational, a circle consisting primarily of 1966 and 1971 Corvettes celebrated significant 45 and 50 year old street driven and race track proven Corvettes.
Three freshly unearthed Corvettes found themselves in the Barn Finds section including a pair of C2’s. One was a well-worn racer and the other was a relatively stock 1966 silver/silver air conditioned coupe. We’ll have more on that silver car later this week. The final Corvette Barn Find was a rough 1987 coupe which was offered for sale by its current owner. All of the proceeds from the sale went to Honor Flight. A great move by that Corvette owner.
Early Saturday morning a freshly restored silver 1967 427/435 coupe was revealed on a Titan Lift to the public and its owner for the first time. The car features 20 factory options, is fully documented with GM Canada paperwork and a tank sticker among other items. The 3.5 year restoration made use of nearly 1,000 NOS parts. We’ll have more on this car in the coming days as well.
As you can see the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals was yet another first class event. From freshly restored cars to musty and crusty barn finds there’s something for everyone to see. The car count covers all of the major manufacturers and their rarest offerings.
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