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Mighty Mite at the 1961 Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Mighty Mites, Old Images • TAGS: , , .

Steve forwarded this photo of a Mighty Mite at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

Coincidently, yesterday Ann’s mother saved part of an episode of Pawn Stars for me to view (Episode called PONY UP from December 2011), which included a man trying to sell a Mighty Mite to the Pawn Stars guys for $22,000.  They offered $13,000 (based on their expert’s opinion).  Unfortunately, I can’t find a free way to view that episode.

http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/show_history/default.aspx?d=1960&y=1961

 
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Kids Race at the 2006 Autoshow

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys • TAGS: .

I never thought of an Autoshow as a good place for kids, but apparently in 2006 DaimlerChrysler was all prepared for them.

http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/show_history/default.aspx?d=2000&y=2006

“Kids had the opportunity to drive battery-powered mini Jeep Wranglers around a circular track on the show floor, situated next to the full-size vehicle driving courses in the DaimlerChrysler exhibit.”

 
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Pics from past Chicago Auto Shows

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Old Images • TAGS: .

The Chicago Auto Show website has an archive of images from past auto shows.  Some of the pics include a variety of different jeeps.  Some of these you have probably seen before and, hopefully, others you haven’t.

Last year Bruce shared documents which indicated Willys Motors planned to have a Hong Kong black and gold theme for 1960.  In the pics below, you can see the Hong Kong theme, but hard to tell what the colors are.

1951:

1954:

1959: (you can see a bigger version of the same photo at thefcconnection).  This must have been released as a PR photo.

1960: I thought the description on the bottom of this photo claiming the CJ-6 link was interesting.  I’m assuming the mistake was made by the person who assembled the auto show archives?

I found the advertisement below on Flickr. According to the information on Flickr,
this ad was for the 1960 Detroit Auto Show, but showed 1961 vehicles.

1961:  The Hong Kong Exhibit (though I haven’t quite reconciled the 1961 show date from  Bruce’s document).

1962:  Here’s something from International Harvester.

1964:

http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/show_history/default.aspx?d=1950&y=1950
 
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Jeep Delivery Truck from the Chicago Auto Show

• CATEGORIES: Features, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Craig spotted this cool image of an unusual “Eat More Bread” delivery truck.  He believes it was shown at the Chicago Auto Show in 1960.  I looked through the Chicago Auto archives, but didn’t have any luck finding other examples of it.

I found another example of this rig in “The Story of the Jeep

According to the CJ-3B Page, Willys-Overland considered a large delivery truck back in the erly 1940s, but apparently decided not to pursue them at that time.