The Chicago Auto Show Wayback Machine

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
the chicago auto show wayback machine

Courtesy of TTAC reader Bryan comes these photos from the 1989, 1990 and 1991 Chicago Auto Shows. A truly glorious era of cigarette advertising in motorsports, interesting concepts from Mitsubishis, plastic paneled import fighters and a body-on-frame small block sedan crowned as Car of the Year. Cars may get 5-stars in a crash test, 30 mpg on a highway and put down low 14 second quarter mile times for $25,000, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lament how much more soulful they used to be.

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  • Zach Zach on Feb 27, 2014

    That base model Saturn SL1 sedan? I still wonder the logic of letting Saturn rot for most of the late 90's early 2000's.

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    • Zach Zach on Feb 27, 2014

      @28-Cars-Later Thanks 28 , So it wasn't my imagination that my 1987 Accord LXI was superior interior wise to my GF's 1994? Saturn (even though it had leather interior) that was about 10 years ago.

  • Zach Zach on Feb 27, 2014

    I love the white wheel covers on the sub $10K AWD Subaru.

  • Art Vandelay I’d grab one of these if I’d spent my working life at GM for sure!
  • Analoggrotto The factory is delayed due to an investigation of a peter puffery ring lead by VoGhost, Tassos, EBFlex a Civic Type-R
  • FreedMike Looking forward to the protests at the factory accusing Toyota of excessive woke-ism. First,, grooming. Lord help us all.
  • MrIcky I remember when Gladiators came out and everyone was shocked at how expensive they were. Now all the off road specials have caught up or passed it financially. I like this truck a lot, but I'd still take my Rubicon over this. I'd take this over the Ranger Raptor or Tacoma TRD though. When I found out the increase in track for the new TRD was just wheel offset-I knew they were just phoning it in. Why spend so much R&D on those stupid seats when you could have r&d'd longer arms or a front locker.
  • Alan Hmm, I see a bit of politicking here. What qualifications do you need to run GM or Ford? I'd bet GM or Ford isn't run by experienced people. Anyone at that level in an organisation doesn't need to be a safety whip, you need to have the ability to organise those around you to deliver the required results.