It seems that I’ve been neglecting the Retro Show posts. I have all of these excellent photos from my buddy Jim Smith from various and sundry Chicago Auto Shows from 1973 through 1991. Jim himself has attended every Chicago Auto Show from 1968 to 2019. But you know how it goes. I get distracted by bright, Broughamy objects and forget. Sorry folks! The last Retro Show post, only the third one ever, was published back in May of 2018. Well, it’s time to correct that right now.
So let’s go back to 1983 today, when trucks were trucks, Broughams were Broughams, all BMWs were truly the Ultimate Driving Machine instead of the Ultimate Leasing Unit To Slurp Macchiatos In, and families bought station wagons instead of crossovers! Let’s take a look.
Now, you know I can spin a spiel about old cars, especially those with domestic-luxury characteristics-chrome, woodgrained trim, wire wheel covers and the like. But let’s make this post a virtual tour. Pretend you just waltzed into the 1983 Chicago Auto Show, back when it was held at the old McCormick Place on the lake side of Lake Shore Drive. Just see the sights and enjoy the photos!