What to see during 2018’s inaugural Chicago Classic Auto Show

With a host of special vehicles set for the first-ever Chicago Classic Auto Show, AutoClassics brings you the highlights of what’s been unveiled so far...

Organisers of the inaugural Chicago Classic Auto Show, held in the city’s Stephens Convention Center on September 8-9, have unveiled a teaser of some of the vehicles set to be showcased during the event. The range of classic and custom machines represents all genres from both domestic and foreign marques.

More than 50 car clubs from the Chicago region have confirmed attendance, including Team Nostalgic Japanese Classics, Illinois Jaguar Club, Citroens of Chicago, Windy City Miata Club and the Porsche Club of America.

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Among the most exciting exhibits is General Motors’ 1953 Futurliner #10, one of only 12 large dual-front-wheeled display vehicles that traversed the USA throughout the early 1950s as part of GM’s ‘Parade of Progress’.

With 16-foot display doors on either side, the Futurliner toured the nation accompanied by GM’s newest cars. It was the perfect platform for static exhibits and live demonstrations of emerging technology of the time.

Now owned by the National Auto & Truck Museum (NATMUS), the Futurliner took seven years and countless volunteer hours and donations to restore. It’s well worth viewing, as is Bogi Lateiner’s Chevy Montage, a 1957 Chevy pick-up with a BMW S62 engine built by women of all skill levels from across the world. Wayne Carini’s 1934 MG Airline Coupe and 1935 Wetteroth/Schoof Special Indy Race Car are further stand-out exhibits.

A variety of show-stoppers from Klairmont Kollections will also attend, among them:

  • 1926 Rickenbacker Eight Super Sport
  • 1931 Cadillac V12 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
  • 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Skiff Bodied Roadster Wood Boattail
  • 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe
  • 1939 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster Replica
  • 1953 Golden Sahara
  • Volo Museum’s Dark Blue Torpedo Phaeton Duesenberg
  • The VooDoo Sahara, a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan built by VooDoo Larry with styling elements from both versions of the Golden Sahara, but with a VooDoo twist

Get up close to the Batmobile!

Love vehicles associated with popular culture and films? Well, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Firstly the 1966 Batman Batmobile, autographed by creator George Barris and actor Adam West, will be on display, alongside a 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish stunt car from the James Bond Film Die Another Day and 1984 Chevrolet Mach 5, a replica of the vehicle featured in the Speed Racer animated series.

Chevrolet’s ultimate muscle cars will also be in attendance, including a 1967 Yenko Stinger YS-119, 1968 Gibb Nova and The Classic Auto Show Project Car – a 1967 Camaro built by Jeff Allen, owner of Flat 12 Gallery and host of popular automotive podcast Skidmarks Show. Not only that, but you can enter to win the Project Car at the official charity booth, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley.

Tickets for the event are available here.

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