Chicago Automotive Disappointment Parade lack of coverage, Day Number Final - Some more!

More recently unearthed pictures from Chicago Disappointment Parades of years gone yore, courtesy of alert reader and fellow eye-candy hoarder Steve Miller (apparently). Behold the wild designs of car designers cut off the leash... and then rapidly re-leashed before anything interesting was actually put into production. See the booth babes of ages past! Wonder how old they must be by now! Take a Silkwood shower because you feel dirty inside!

The 1950 Nash NXI, surprised by an unannounced visit from the company brass.

Despite the rather more conservative air of 1951, you can tell she's a booth babe because no human would ever voluntarily hitch up their knee so awkwardly on a car high as her belly. A double-jointed hip was an asset on the resume of a 1951 Crosley booth professional.


Design genius Harley Earl's visual opus of restraint and minimalism, the 1953 LeSabre concept car. A design so ahead of it's time, we wouldn't see anything like it again for another forty years (see below).

A scandalously-clad booth babe in the Muntz booth, 1951. You can see her ankles!

1956 Packard Predictor, still can be seen at the Studebaker National Museum in Indiana. I'll just remind you that Studebaker also brought us the oddly displaced-in-time Avanti. Why do the good ones die, while the survivors are nearly indistinguishable?

Hey! a '59 Toyota! It may have been a little early for Japan to push their Japanese-ness so hard with the kimono and all. According to Steve Miller, "In 1960, the kimono was gone, replaced by a typical American girl-next-door in a typical American girl-next-door gown."


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