Joe – Great Warhoop Junkyard Find of 1988
The Bortz Auto Collection will frequently get requests from car clubs and individuals to come and visit the collection so now we have some great news! With the outstanding response of the restored 1955 LaSalle Roadster debut and the unrestored 1955 LaSalle Sedan (both General Motors 1955 Motorama concept cars) at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 2013 we have decided to continue the Bortz Motorama display with the sponsorship from Chubb Insurance and will be displaying four of the General Motors Motorama cars from the Bortz Auto Collection at the fabulous Geneva Concours d’Elegance in beautiful downtown Geneva, IL on August 25, 2013.
The cars that will be featured are the 1955 LaSalle Roadster that in 2012 concluded a 22 year restoration. Many know the story that the 1955 LaSalle Roadster was part of the Great Warhoop Find of 1988 and was excavated from the junkyard in pieces. The sister car to the roadster, the 1955 LaSalle sedan, one of the other cars from the Warhoop find will be shown in ‘as found condition’. The third car was also part of the Warhoop find and has been beautifully restored to 1955 GM Motorama show condition. The fourth car that will be shown is the 1953 Buick Wildcat I, this was not part of the Warhoop find but a star of the 1953 GM Motorama
This is a wonderful opportunity to view four of the legendary General Motors concept cars from the Bortz Auto Collection at a great event that is conveniently located to Chicagoland enthusiasts.
If you would like additional information kindly contact Joe Bortz at 847-668-2004 cell or BortzCars@aol.com
We will look forward to seeing you there!
Bortz Motorama Dream/Concept Cars at Geneva Concours 2013
The Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Center in 1997 was a great show. The Bortz Auto Collection was invited to display some of concept cars from the collection as stars of this show. Joe had mentioned all the great people he met who were very well known in the collector car world. Unfortunately Joe did not take many pictures but above are photos of the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special and the 1953 Buick Wildcat as they were displayed in the center of Rockefeller plaza.
If any of you have photos from the event I would love to see them.
1955 LaSalle Sedan
The 1955 LaSalle Roadster is just weeks away from completion and Joe Bortz recently visited Marty Martino to see how the restoration was coming and was very happy with the progress that Marty has made and the car is looking great! Watch for the video of the update of the 1955 LaSalle Roadster restoration coming soon.
With the Roadster nearing completion we are starting to get excited about the 1955 LaSalle Sedan beginning the restoration process! It will be so great to see both the 1955 LaSalle Sedan & Roadster together in restored condition.
The 1955 LaSalle sedan is the last car from the ‘Great Warhoops Find of 1988’ and has begun the long and arduous process of restoration. The first stop of the journey was to The Vair Ship where the multi-skilled Larry Claypool has undertaken the task of sorting out the 1955 LaSalle Sedan, especially the steering and brake system. Larry’s forte is making parts that are no longer available for Corvairs. However, Larry’s skills came in handy when he recreated a missing brake drum for the sedan. What surprised us was how great the sedan looked after Larry’s thorough sorting out of the car.
Once the car was unburied from the corner of one of the Bortz Auto Collection garages we discovered that the sedan is surprisingly in tact for having been abandoned in the Warhoops Salvage Yard in Sterling Heights, MI for over 30 years and then left to gather dusk in a far corner of the Bortz Auto Collection garage.
After many, many years the sedan proves that it still maintains the mystique of the Motorama Days! Larry and his buddies from the Frankfort Car Club were busy identifying interesting design cues that had lain dormant for over a half of a century.
The stainless plating trim on the seats and doorsills and other exterior and interior parts is still surprisingly bright! Most of the photos in the video were taken in February 2012 along with some Warhoops and General Motors Motorama factory photos.
Hope you enjoy the video of the 1955 LaSalle Sedan.
If you have any questions or would like additional photos of either the 1955 LaSalle Roadster or the 1955 LaSalle Sedan kindly call Joe Bortz at 847-668-2004.