The November winds are howling and temperature have begun to plummet, but there’s enough high-octane-fueled horsepower within the halls of the Rosemont Center, just outside of Chicago, to seriously melt a polar ice cap. The seventh annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) has brought together over 600 vintage and rare muscle cars from 33 states and three countries for one of the biggest indoor car shows of its kind in the world.
All of Detroit’s “Big Four” from the golden era of cheap, fast, and plentiful muscle are represented, and this year’s show has a stellar collection of Chevrolet muscle that is over the top. The variety of Chevy-powered vehicles gathered in one place at the same time is phenomenal and has us bouncing off the chip as we walked the rows in Rosemont’s massive halls before Saturday’s big opening.
Unique vehicle unveilings and special invitational groups include large gatherings of everything from 1965 Z16 Chevelles (Chevy's first 396 powered intermediates) to a pack of 1970 LS-6 Chevelle and El Camino models, to a wide variety of special 1965 and 1970 Corvettes including several “Tankers”, 396/427 Roadsters and even a real Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT.
Fans of the early full-sized Chevys have a batch of 409-powered Biscaynes, Impalas and Bel Airs to enjoy while small block devotees will see a collection of cars ranging from giant killer Chevy IIs, to Malibus and El Caminos, all powered by the infamous L-79 327/350-hp engine.
Once again, there is also the highly anticipated “Barn Finds” section that unearths some fascinating iron that hasn’t seen daylight decades. Just when you think you’ve seen them all, here comes some dust-and-cobweb covered Chevy with a tale of woe that would fill volumes of a tragedy novel.
With so much to look at, we’ve broken this down into three categories so you don’t go into Bow Tie overload. Therefore, we’re going give you a sneak peak to ten mid-blowing examples of Chevrolet’s finest muscle before the show opens on Saturday.