Meadow Brook Mini Motorama

Four cars from the Bortz Auto Collection will be the stars of the show at The Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook on Sunday, July 25, 2010.

There will be two designers that were at GM when these cars were being made and they
both became the head designers at GM, namely Chuck Jordan and Wayne
Cherry.  Both Chuck Jordan and Wayne Cherry will be celebrity guest

1953 Buick Wildcat I

Buick’s 1953 Motorama car and the first ever 2-seat sports car and the
only one made.

1953 Pontiac Parisienne
The Parisienne was Pontiac’s show car for the Motorama and is the only
formal car with an open top over the chauffeur’s compartment that was
a 2-door car.  Normally they are 4-door cars.  This car has a steel
body while the other cars being shown by the Bortz Auto Collection are
fiberglass.  Fiberglass was a relatively new method for car bodies in
the 1950’s.

1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special
You may also be interested in noting that the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville
Special after it served the show purposes for Pontiac and General
Motors was given to an executive at General Motors who immediately put
it on display at the Detroit Historical Society.  This car was
displayed at the Detroit Historical Society from roughly 1960 until
1984 when the Bortz Auto Collection purchased it from the private
individual.  It is also the most original concept car that exists of
any concept cars from the 1950’s.  It has all its original paint,
chrome, interior and even the tires, it has been said that the air in
the tires is mostly 1954 as it has never had a flat tire and only once
or twice in the last 56 years has air been added to the tires…truly

1955 Chevrolet Biscayne
It is interesting to note that this is the first time that the 1955
Chevrolet Biscayne has been shown in its fully perfect condition since
the 1955 Motorama. As you probably already know this car was junked
out at the Warhoops Junkyard around 1958 and was purchased by the
Bortz Auto Collection in 1988 from Warhoops.  At that time Joe Bortz
gave Harry Waholak Sr. the promise that he would see the restoration
through to its finish, it has taken 22 years from the time that he got
the car in 1988 until its first showing in restored condition at
Meadow Brook in 2010.  Also note that this car was designed not only
to be a “show case” but also to be the showcase for the first V8 to
become a production V8 for Chevrolet in 1955.

The four cars that are being presented are the most rare Motorama cars
of all and the Chevrolet Biscayne may be just the cherry on top of the

It is felt that these cars are emblematic of Detroit itself as they
were at one time stars of the show and then put out to pasture and
almost destroyed and now they are back to their full glory.  I
personally feel that this is exactly the process that Detroit is going
through, once being the star of the show, running into problems and
now on its way back to stardom.

Please make sure to check out the recently updated website for more information:

Videos you might enjoy!
Biscayne Restoration Process

Motorama Cars Video

Joe Bortz

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Car & Motorcycle Collector, Historian
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