"These and other historical treasures from Motorama demonstrate the forward-thinking that led GM to the front of the pack."
Joe Bortz can truly be called an auto archeologist, he has been resurrecting 50s and 60s concept cars since 1978. This year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance he will be displaying the 1955 LaSalle II Roadster and, for the first time since its debut, the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne.
In the 50s and 60s the General Motors Motorama took its concept cars on tour throughout the country, in 1955 at the Chicago Auto Show the General debuted the Chevrolet Biscayne, the concept GM referred to as the Miracle Car since it managed to draw such big crowds. The Chevrolet Biscayne was considered "one of the most desirable and beautiful concept cars of all-time," said Bortz. The Biscayne's defining lines eventually reflected in the 1960 Corvair, while the original concept car was, like most of GM's concepts from that time, taken apart and crushed at the junk yard.
The 1955 LaSalle II Roadster was also destined for demolition but was in the end only taken apart. Bortz found the two cars in junk yards in the Detroit-area and pieced them together after salvaging parts.
"I had to dig pieces out of the ground. The body of the car was fiberglass, so it didn't oxidize, but other remaining parts were almost hopeless. The body had to be glued back together from all the bits and pieces; it was like resurrecting a dinosaur,” Bortz said about the Biscayne.