The 2016 edition of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals took place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. This indoor show has grown into a must-attend event if you are a diehard car guy who appreciates seeing the cream of the crop in the Muscle Car and Corvette world under one roof.
Highlights of this year’s show include a variety of desirable racecars with a specific focus on the 1966 model year. Greeting the show attendees as they walked in was also the Purple People Eater Corvette built by Nickey Chevrolet. Since this a high profile event with many high-end restorations, it’s no surprise that shops who specialize in this type of work have also taken the opportunity to showcase their talents by unveiling their latest offerings. Mike Mancini’s American Muscle Car Restorations pulled the wraps off of their latest project a 1967 427 Corvette that they claim is as close to new as possible with over 1,000 N.O.S. parts used in this insanely accurate open checkbook restoration.
Also on display was a very sad looking 1966 Corvette in the Barn Finds and Hidden Gems section. This themed display has become a very popular part of the show and always delivers with great rare finds from across the country. There were also a few nice Corvettes for sale in the sales area. The NCRS was also well represented with a number of certified cars on display.
Sometimes you don’t need a whole car to wow the masses. The Corvette guys were treated to a special display with an engine used in the CERV 1 program. The 283-cubic-inch block is an aluminum casting that is capped with a set of aluminum heads, and a modified fuelie intake to accept the twin-turbo setup. This forced induction borrows heavily from the 1962 Oldsmobile Jetfire turbo. This was a real crowd pleaser.
The gallery that we’ve prepared for you illustrates the quantity, and quality of the Corvettes at the show.