Dec
06
Barn Finds and Hidden Gems at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

If you’re a diehard fan of vintage American performance cars and race cars, it would behoove you to make it to Rosemont, Illinois the weekend before Thanksgiving. That’s when the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, filling the main show floor with a dizzying array of muscle cars, race cars, Corvettes, street machines, and auto-oriented collectibles and memorabilia.

MCACN (say “mah-CACK-an”) is widely considered to be one of the best shows of its type in the world. This year’s event was the eleventh annual, and once again the show producers came through with an amazing selection of historic vehicles—several of which have never been publicly shown before.

One of the MCACN’s perennially popular display areas is the Barn Finds and Hidden Gems section, which features recently unearthed, unrestored cars and other treasures. Most of these cars are destined for full restorations, but it’s still compelling to see them in their rough-and-raw “as-found” form. Here’s a look at what was on display at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals:

Barn Finds and Hidden Gems at the 2018 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

 

Barn Finds and Hidden Gems at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

Bullitt Mustang

1968 Ford Mustang

1968 Ford Mustang GT

Though it wasn’t located in the official Barn Finds and Hidden Gems section, the original 1968 Ford Mustang from the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt—perhaps the most infamous “barn find” of them all—was on display in a glass case in the Mecum Auctions space. The Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to cross the auction block at Mecum’s Kissimmee event this January.

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1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT

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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette cutaway display chassis

1965 Chevrolet Corvette cutaway display chassis

1965 Chevrolet Corvette cutaway display chassis

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1968 Plymouth Road Runner

1968 Plymouth Road Runner

1968 Plymouth Road Runner

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1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

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1974 AMC Gremlin X

1974 AMC Gremlin X

1974 AMC Gremlin X

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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

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1969 Dodge Dart GTS

1969 Dodge Dart GTS

1969 Dodge Dart GTS

 

1970 AMC AMX/3 Prototype

1970 AMC AMX/3 Prototype

1970 AMC AMX/3 Prototype

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1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass W-31

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass W-31

1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass W-31

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1973 Dodge Charger Rallye

1973 Dodge Charger Rallye

1973 Dodge Charger Rallye

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1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder

1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder

1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder

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1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi

1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi

1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 426 Hemi

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1968 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

1968 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

1968 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi

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1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula Super Duty 455

1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula Super Duty 455

1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula Super Duty 455

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible (formerly owned by record-setting pilot and driver Betty Skelton)

1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible (formerly owned by record-setting pilot and driver Betty Skelton)

1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

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1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30

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1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible

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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

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1969 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi

1969 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi

1969 Dodge Charger 426 Hemi

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