The Hot Wheels Garage: 1 April 2012

April 1, 2012--The Chicago Auto Show is held annually in February at Chicago's McCormick Place convention complex. First staged in 1901, the show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent, and 2012 marked the 104th edition of the Show. It is the first auto show anywhere in the world to have achieved the distinction of being held over 100 years running. Click on the video below to get a short overview of the 2012 show.

Back in 2000, with the turn of the new millennium, Mattel issued a set of 3 1997 Corvettes to commemorate the show. The black Vette was issued in a black box, and the blue Vette was issued on a special blistercard. The red version could be found only in a baggie. These Vettes aren't considered all that rare, and can easily be found on eBay for under $10 each, shipped. But, don't let the affordability fool you...these are some very sharp cars, and would make excellent additions to your Limited Editions collection.

The back of the blister-carded Vette describes the show as follows: "The 2000 Chicago Auto Show is the largest and longest running auto show in North America. The 92nd Chicago Auto Show, presented in 840,000 feet of exhibit space, will bring more than 1 million visitors to the mammoth McCormick Place South building during this annual event."

"It was first presented in 1901, when thirteen cars were gathered in the now-razed Chicago Coliseum to showcase to the public a new miracle of transportation: the automobile. The automobile would quickly become the means of locomotion that would profoundly affect the lives of the few thousand who went to that show, as well as the lives of countless thousands who weren't in attendance. It would become a mainstay for business as well as society, making people's lives more mobile, enjoyable and productive. Welcome to the 2000 Chicago Auto Show.

So, without further ado, below are the 3 Hot Wheels '97 Corvettes that graced the show, all those years ago in 2000. Seems like forever ago, doesn't it?

Neal Giordano Founder/Editor

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