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Chicago Auto Show - 1967

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    "The show must go on," was the theme of the 1967 Chicago Auto Show's, when four weeks prior to its opening, a catastrophic fire destroyed McCormick Place. A rapid reorganization returned the event to its former venue, the International Amphitheatre, where it would remain until McCormick place was rebuilt/reopened in 1971. Popular vehicles at the '67 show included the restyled Plymouth Barracuda, new Ford Thunderbird Landau sedan, Sunbeam Tiger, and Maserati's two-passenger Mistral.
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    This aerial view shows the original McCormick Place exhibition hall after an enormous fire destroyed it in 1967, just four weeks before the 58th annual Chicago Auto Show was to open. Located on the edge of Lake Michigan, the $35 million structure was only six years old. Four weeks after the fire, the ‘67 show opened on schedule in the International Amphitheatre, its former venue, Halsted at 43rd Street. The auto show remained there through 1970, when the rebuilt McCormick Place opened for the 63rd annual event.
  • 1967 12
    Long shot of the arena area of the Amphitheatre shows the size of the crowd--both those who are standing on the main floor and those who are seated in the viewing area. An exhibit of the Sports Car Club of America can be seen at center right.
  • 1967 11
    Photographed outside the Cadillac exhibit a Fleetwood Brougham 4-door sedan is in the foreground. On the left an Eldorado coupe sits on a raised platform.
  • 1967 10
    Boys and girls of all ages appear to be entrilled about the chance to enter a contest held within the Chevrolet exhibit. The prize was a gasoline-powered Chevy Jr., just the right size for a young driver. A sign above the car lists three earlier winners: Ralph Halwe from Waukegan; Bill Hootnick of Gary, Indiana; and C.A. Bell from Grayslake.
  • 1967 8
    Scene outside the Oldsmobile's "Actionland" exhibit. On the left, partly hidden behind shrubbery, is an Olds Delmont 88. The rearview of a Delta 88 convertible is on the right, and other models are visible in the background.
  • 1967 7
    Scene at the Ford display space, which is dominated by mid-size Fairlane GT hardtop coupe. Note the distinctive GT striping along the rocker panel. To the rear, sitting on a raised round platform, is Ford's Mach II concept coupe. Other Ford models are visible farther to the rear, including a Mustang near the center.
  • 1967 6
    Scene at Ford's exhibit space in the Exposition Hall, where several models can be seen. At right is a Thunderbird Landau four-door sedan, new for 1967. Another Thunderbird, with Landau bars and padded roof, is on a raised platform at right rear. In the center of the photo is a Thunderbird coupe. Thunderbirds were fully restyled that year.
  • 1967 5
    Who else but a circus ringmaster would be suitable to introduce the new Mercury Cougar? The display was inside the Lincoln-Mercury exhibit. A woman holding a hand microphone was informing the crowd about the Mercury's new ponycar.
  • 1967 4
    Styled by Pietro Frua and produced from 1963-70, Maserati’s two-passenger Mistral came in coupe and convertible form. Both Italian-built sports cars used a dual-overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine, either 225 or 245 cubic inches (3694 or 4014 cc) in displacement.
  • 1967 3
    Tuck a small-block Ford V-8 into a lightweight British sports-car body, and what do you get? In this case, a Sunbeam Tiger, which was on sale in American from 1964-67. A sign behind tells of the many car's racing victories.
  • 1967 2
    Plymouth tried to capture the youth market with a Barracuda fastback, issued for 1965. Barracudas earned an ample facelift and length increase for '67, adding a convertible and hardtop to join a shapelier fastback.
  • 1967 1
    Full-size Chevrolets, like this Impala convertible, sold in impressive numbers during the Sixties, despite competition from intermediates and compacts. The bright red convertible was powered by a 327 cubic inch V-8, but a six-cylinder engine was standard, and bigger V-8s could be ordered.