The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (“ MCACN ” to those in-the-know) just wrapped up its annual event in Chicago, and the folks who put it on killed it once again … what? You don’t know about this event as well as the inherent goodness of efforts involved? Read on!
MCACN was one of those events that you could have caught in magazines the same way I did. I told myself, “This looks cool — I’m gonna go next year. ” And then, once you go through the doors plus see that will neon sign and the particular cars on the floor, you soil yourself. It’s simply flabbergasting the number of cars that wow you, and then you think, “How are they going to top it next year? ” And then when you visit the next year, you are overcome with the same feeling associated with wonderment plus glee because the folks that work behind the scenes have put on another show that rates an 11 on a scale of 1-10 ( the la “Spinal Tap”). It is simply unbelievable, time and time again, a spectacular one-two punch along with Thanksgiving.
If you caught the ClassicCars. possuindo Journal preview of MCACN, you can see what was planned. In the particular ensuing days, we will publish a serial of the different displays but, for now, consider this an introduction that shows the variety of vehicles that were in attendance, such as this 1967 Pontiac GTO that was 1 of the giveaway vehicles in a Thom McAn contest.
This 1960 Corvette is known as the Cunningham Corvette. Briggs Cunningham wanted to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an American car with American drivers, so be brought a team of three Corvettes to do just that. All 3 featured the particular same options, all curated by Zora Arkus-Duntov, Chevrolet engineer and Corvette godfather. The #3 car was driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman, and it crossed the finish line first in its class plus eighth overall. This marked the first time the Corvette achieved that distinction.
Believe it or not, whenever you ordered the Stage 1 engine for the 1970 Buick GS 455, the standard transmission was a three-speed manual. Sixteen hardtops and two convertibles were built in this configuration, plus two of them were at MCACN.
You think that’s nifty? Then check out this particular 1966 Pontiac GTO, which was originally built within its standard configuration — that means it’s a three-on-the-tree. Betcha never seen a single of all those!
Here are two 1970 Mustang SportsRoofs, Fordspeak for “fastback. ” Notice neither are Mach Is. Both had been built with the particular R-code 428 Cobra Jet with ram air, therefore here a person have 2 of 496 built. Both also have the Drag Pack, so 170 associated with the 496 were like these.
Garner Customs & Restorations had a display showing their wares, including this 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W30 convertible which was originally painted in Chrysler’s Plum Crazy. Special-order colors are rare, but when it’s another brand’s, it is a new twist. Dig the 1970 Rallye 350 too.
In a similar vein is this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner — it was produced in a special-order color. Often known because Corporate Blue, it’s fondly referred to as “Petty Blue. ” A handful of these have been found over the years, yet they all have been special-order automobiles.
Remember that Superbird that has been tossed around by Hurricane Ian within Florida? Well, it had been at MCACN. Seems a collector bought it and its Daytona sister, then the new owner called Magnum Auto Restoration to see if they can bring the bird up to spec. As luck would have this, an associate had just dropped off a vehicle and had an empty trailer, therefore the Superbird was taken to its new home in one fell swoop.
Listed below are two 1971 Hemi Dodges: Challenger R/T and Charger R/T. That year, the particular Challenger received a mild facelift with new striping, while the Charger had been all-new. Mopar expert Scott Smith told me this particular Charger is one of the best originals he has ever seen. Note the particular rubber bumpers, a rare option that was only available inside a limited number of colors.
“Supercars” is the name often referred in order to dealer-prepped vehicles. The 1969 Camaro upon the left is the Dick Harrell Camaro, which doesn’t have since high visibility as, say, a Yenko, but Dick Harrell was helping Yenko plus others so he could be seen because the Big Kahuna of Supercars. Next to it will be a 1969 Yenko Nova, one associated with 37 constructed.
This 1969 Chevy Malibu doesn’t look special compared to the lot of other cars at MCACN, but it features a 300-horsepower 350 backed by a four-speed manual, making it the nice performance car incognito. Note the silver trim , which was a part of the particular Malibu series.
Mike Mancini’s United states Muscle Car Restoration always has a lift in their display to tout its talents, especially when being judged (an option for MCACN participants). Here he and his team had a 1968 Plymouth GTX 440 four-speed convertible, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and 1970 Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack, yet don’t think they simply do Mopars — several years ago, they featured an award-winning Olds 4-4-2 W30.
The holy grail among muscle cars are usually Hemi E-body convertibles. This particular 1970 Hemi’Cuda convertible hasn’t been seen in years, but a brand new owner dusted it up plus brought it to MCACN. Note that it’s a triple black vehicle with great options like Elastomeric front bumper.
Speaking of black Hemi’Cudas, there was one particular in Ryan Brutt’s Barn Finds & Hidden Gems display. You can count on complete coverage of all these rough diamonds in a future story.
Even Auto World was on hand to help enthusiasts feed an additional part associated with their hobby.
These are yet a selection of vehicles at MCACN. Stay tuned for functions on each of the displays but, for the time being, check out a few more vehicles in the below gallery.