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First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 116th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

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    In the foreground of the 1973 Ford Truck exhibit on the lower level of McCormick Place, a radically different recreational pickup is displayed on a raised circular platform. This was the Ford Explorer SUV, a futuristic sport-utility concept, based on the Ford F-100, with a forward control design. The Ford engineers crammed a midship mounted high-performance 429 cubic inch V-8 under the pickup bed. The louvers placed behind the doors vented the engine compartment. Adding to the functionality of Explorer was a foldable poplin tent that could be used within the long bed truck for an "instant campsite." The scene is from the 65th annual Chicago Auto Show, held February 24 - March 4, 1973.