The 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Chicago World of Wheels at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on March 3-5, 2017, featured an amazing automotive display of top-notch muscle cars, street rods, customs, lowriders, restorations, and more. And with a Pinup Girl contest and rockabilly bands as part of the scene, the place was looking good and rocking hard all weekend long.
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The Z28 moniker originates from the Chevrolet Regular Production Order (RPO) codes and the RPO Z28 is a designated special performance package. The ’68 models have few sheet metal revisions although they have a very different look. The newly introduced Astro ventilation system is fresh air inlets dash mounted which renders the side venting as obsolete so these are forever deleted starting in the ’68 model year. The ’68 models now have side marker lights to conform to newly introduced regulations as well as the front running lights are changed from round to oval but the Rally Sport (RS) option retains the round version. The grill has a more pointed look and the tail lights are shorter and separated from each other. If you chose the SS option with a large engine for ’68 it would be equipped with the new chromed hood inserts simulating velocity stacks. Any high performance Camaro will come with multi-leaf rear springs while lesser models retain the single leaf spring as well on the big block options the rear shocks are staggered to minimize wheel hop from a standing start rapid acceleration. In ’68 Chevy advertises the new 396 cu in (261 kW) engine for the SS and the Z28 packages. Many dealers such as Dana, Yenko, and Baldwin-Motion have a dealer order only optional 427 engine, not available as a RPO from the factory, to replace the 396 if you want to step your new Camaro up a few notches.
If you had optioned a new 1969 Camaro the car would retain the same under pinning as last year but, other than the hood and trunk, the sheet metal has taken a complete change and now look sportier. The Camaro has attitude this year with the headlights inset more, the grill angled obliquely, upgraded door skins, revised rear quarter panels, altered rear valance, the car is wider, longer, and lower looking. For collectors and other enthusiasts a common topic of discussion is the smooth and rounded 67/68 models and how they contrast the more sharply angled, sporty '69 versions. The combined RS/SS packages the exterior would have headlight covers- three vacuum pressure operated semi-transparent louvers and also have a headlight washing system.
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This uptown combination package comes with a blacked out grill, black rocker panels, fender stripes, accented air vents, with the same treatment for the tail lights while the backup lights in ’69 are now below the bumper. The package is easily identified by RS logo’s on the front fenders, on the grill, with the steering wheel sporting the RS symbol as well. On any ’69 Camaro including all option packs the car can have front disc brakes but only if ordered although the rear is a drum braking system. The automobile is sitting on wheels 108 inches apart and features the recirculating ball steering system on all units. There were 235,147 Camaro models roll off the assembly line in 1968-most are the RS with 40,977 units, the SS version 27,884 units, a better advertising for the Z28 brought the sales figure up to 7,199.There are no figures available for the production of the RS/SS combined package or the RS/Z28 units. For the 1969 model year this sales of all Camaro models climbs a bit to 243,085 with RS sales dropping to 37,773 units, while the SS choice climbs by 20% or so to 34,932 with the Z28 taking the biggest jump to 20,302 units-almost triple the ’68 figures.
For Bob Ashton, who co-owns and is the main manager for the Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, it is always about getting something more exciting. Ashton is a Michigan native (his father was a Chrysler executive) and has a background in show promotion. Knowledgeable about many facets of car collecting and rarity, he spent most of the 11-month and 28-day “off-season” in 2015 specifically making contact with Mopar collectors to try and assemble what will likely be the largest gathering of Hemi-powered E-body convertibles in history.
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From 1987 through 1992, Ferrari built a tremendous machine called the F40. It was the last car to get the thumbs up from the man whose name is on the building and all of the cars—Enzo Ferrari.
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ROSEMONT-- When you step inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this weekend, you feel like you're going back in time are you're surrounded by 400,000 square feet of beautiful classic cars.
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No longer a traditional SUV, today’s Dodge Durango is trying to be something unique in the marketplace: half utility vehicle, half muscle car.
Particularly when you outfit it with a HEMI V8 engine, the Durango takes on a personality that’s dramatically different — and more fun for driving enthusiasts — than other family-friendly vehicles in this price class.
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When you talk about classic musclecars, there are two that sometimes get the “seen one, seen them all” response: the 1969 Camaro, and the Tri-Five Chevy. Both cars are definitely cool rides, they both have tons of aftermarket support, and you can pretty much count on seeing one at nearly any classic or musclecar car show, no matter where you go.
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