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Chicago Auto Show - 1969

  • 1969Cover SphereWeb22
    At the end of the decade, visitors to the 1969 Chicago Auto Show at the International Amphitheatre continued to enjoy the annual musical stage review, which included live dancers, singers and the introduction of the latest automobiles. A new economy car bows at Ford, the compact Maverick. Chevrolet’s displayed: the T-top Corvette, the compact Nova, and the Camaro pony car. Pontiac launched the first Firebird Trans Am at the show, as a mid-year model. On the right is the decorative "Geo-Sphere" that served as a centerpiece for the Chicago Auto Show.
  • 1969 3
    Four CATA executives discuss a poster for the 1969 Chicago Auto Show. Pictured are (left to right): auto-show manager and CATA executive vice-president Edward L. Cleary; Executive Show Committee chairman William S. Mougey; CATA president Richard V. Lynch; and assistant show manager Ross E. Kelsey.
  • 1969 2
    Executives are at the head table during the annual South Side Day luncheon held by the Economist newspapers at the Saddle Sirloin Room of the Stock Yard Inn, adjoining the Amphitheatre. CATA president Richard V. Lynch is at the speaker's podium. Three guests can be seen in foreground, at another table.
  • 1969 23
    People are walking across Halsted Street to join the long line of people waiting outside the International Amphitheatre to enter the building and see the 1969 Chicago Auto Show.
  • 1969 21
    Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley (second from right) cuts the ribbon to open the 1969 Chicago Auto show to the public. Pictured are (left to right): auto-show manager Edward L. Cleary; CATA president Richard V. Lynch; Mayor Daley; and Executive Show Committee chairman William S. Mougey.
  • 1969 1
    Winners of the annual safety slogan contest, held in Chicago-area high schools, pose with their prizes: U.S. Savings Bonds. Looking on are (left to right): CATA president Richard V. Lynch; Executive Show Committee chairman William S. Mougey; auto-show manager Edward L. Cleary, and Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley.
  • 1969 18
    Male and female performers, wearing outfits from the play "Li'l Abner," are on stage during the musical skit of the Jeep Wagoneer during the "Motorevue of 1969." The theme of the show was "Driving Down Broadway."
  • 1969 15
    In this close-up shot during the "Motorevue of 1969," female performers wearing costumes based on the musical "Funny Girl" pose onstage. No car is visible in this scene, but "Funny Girl" was the backdrop for presentation of the 1969 Imperial. This would be the last stage revue seen at a Chicago Auto Show, following the theme "Driving Down Broadway."
  • 1969BuickOnStageWeb22
    In this wide shot from far back in the Arena of the International Amphitheatre, performers wearing costumes based on the musical play "West Side Story," are entertaining the crowds during the "Motorevue of 1969" presentation of the Buick Electra 225. Members of the Lou Breese Orchestra can be seen in the background. Lou Breese himself had passed away before the auto show began, so the orchestra was conducted by Leo Henning.
  • 1969 16
    In this photo, shot from below stage level during the "Motorevue of 1969," female performers wearing costumes based on the musical play "Funny Girl" are onstage with an Imperial hardtop sedan. This would be the last stage revue seen at a Chicago Auto Show, following the theme "Driving Down Broadway."
  • 1969 14
    Auto-show visitors are shown passing between exhibit areas during the 1969 Chicago event. Man and woman can be seen looking at a car, which is only partially visible in the foreground of this shot. Some visitors are clustered around the Ryba's Fudge booth.
  • 1969 13
    At an unidentified automotive manufacturer's exhibit, young boys are standing at driving simulators, participating in a race contests.
  • 1969 12
    Burry photograph captured the zany mad scientist "Doctor Oldsmobile" and one of his henchman, "Elephant Engine Ernie," performing a humorous skit to auto-show visitors.
  • 1969 11
    TV announcer Jack Brickhouse (left) leads a panel of four sports celebrities at the Lincoln-Mercury exhibit area, including stock-car racer Cale Yarborough (right). Several visitors can be seen at right.
  • 1969 24
    Pontiac debuted the first generation Firebird Trans Am coupe on March 8, 1969, the opening day of the '69 Chicago Auto Show. The hi-performance Trans Am was Pontiac's equivalent of the Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Only 697 Trans Am were manufactured for that model year, most with a 335 horsepower Ram Air III V-8. A 3/4-rear view of a Tempest Custom 2-door hardtop can be seen on the right side of the photograph.
  • 1969 10
    A Corvette convertible is in the foreground of this wide scene of the Chevrolet exhibit, where a modest number of people are inspecting the vehicles. Other Chevrolet models can be seen toward the rear, including a Camaro Z-28 at right and a Chevy Nova (formerly called Chevy II) hardtop at left.
  • Killy @Joan Parker@1969Web22
    Olympic alpine ski racer from France, Jean-Claude Killy, was a big draw to the Chevrolet exhibit at the 1969 Chicago Auto Show. Fans were handed a brochure titled, "The Killy Way.," and although occasionally overwhelmed, he autographed each of the copies. On the right, Joan Parker, known as the "Dodge Fever girl " from 1968-70, signed autographs for her admirers while inside the MoPar exhibit space.
  • 1969 19
    A panoramic view of the International Amphitheatres Arena from the upper seating, looks down on the large audience enjoying the "Motorevue of 1969" stage show. A sporty coupe is onstage, accompanied by a troupe of female dancers. On each side of the Arena, along the seating areas,are rows of import automobiles.
  • 1969 7
    Datsun's sports car, the 2000 roadster (model SRL311) sits on a raised rectangular platform in this scene at the Japanese automaker's exhibit. Portions of other Datsun models (PL510 sedans and station wagons) can be seen toward the rear. The 2000 roadster used a 1982-cc (121-cid) 4-cylinder engine. Datsun also continued to offer a 1600 roadster with a smaller engine.
  • 1969 6
    Cutaway display of a Series 10 Suburban 9-passenger wagon at Chevrolet's truck exhibit space reveals the vehicle's interior accommodations and its 350-cid V-8 engine. Suburbans were available on a short wheelbase with 1/2-ton rating and 2-wheel drive (C10) or 4-wheel drive (K10); or on a longer wheelbase as the C20/K20, with a 3/4-ton rating. Built on a truck chassis, Suburbans had coil springs all around.
  • 1969JeepOnRock@1969Web22
    A Jeep Universal sits atop a large simulated rock in the 1969 Kaiser Jeep exhibit, highlighting the vehicle's off-road capabilities. Another traditional-style Jeep may be seen at right, and a portion of the larger Wagoneer is visible at left rear. An engine on a stand is at right rear. In 1970, Kaiser Industries would sell its Jeep operation to American Motors.
  • 1969 5
    Scene at the display booth for International Import Car Parts, which features a kit-type sports car. This distributor of vehicle parts was located in River Grove, Illinois. In its ad in the auto-show program, the company claimed to have more than 500,000 parts in stock.
  • 1969 4
    Tires are mounted on the wall and stored in racks at the display booth for the Hollingshead Tire Center, in the aftermarket section of the Amphitheatre floor. A mock-up of a car's front end can be seen, and visitors were encouraged to register for a daily drawing.
  • 1969 22
    Two men are hawking auto-show programs in the entrance area of the Amphitheatre. A sign describes the program as the "World's greatest auto show publication," with 140 pages containing picture and specifications for all vehicles, plus a floor plan and details on the stage revue.