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"General Motors Marvelous Motorama: Dream Cars from the Joe Bortz Auto Collection" show at the Petersen Museum

Peter Gariepy

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The six cars that will be on display at the Petersen Museum to represent the Motorama show of the 1950s will be from our Bortz Auto Collection. 


1953 Pontiac Parisienne - 

1953 Pontiac Parisienne video of photoshoot by Car Kulture Deluxe



1953 Buick Wildcat I

KOLR10 & Ozarks Local News TV LIVE, Springfield, MO interviews Joe Bortz


1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special 



1955 La Salle II Roadster 

1955 La Salle II Sedan

This is Jay Leno's Garage video of Joe 

1955 LaSalle II Roadster & 1955 LaSalle Sedan  Amelia Island 2013: - Jay Leno's Garage; Interview with Joe Bortz - Bortz Auto Collection



1955 Chevrolet Biscayne

The 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne was found at the Warhoops Junkyard in 1985 when it was offered to me at that time for the Bortz Auto Collection. Video showing the history of the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne



Articles by Hemmings and Old Cars Weekly

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Thanks for posting this. The Petersen museum has themed displays that augment the long running exhibits. I've been there many times. Across the street is the "Academy Award" museum. This is a fantastic display of movie history, it's worth a whole day. Down the street is what we called the La Brea Tar pits. It's a natural history museum with Mammoths and Saber toothed Cats. For the high brow set, the LA museum of Art is right next to the Academy museum. Lots of extremely interesting stuff packed in a small area. Of course, the Petersen alone is with the trip!

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Peter thank you for posting the information for the GM’s Marvelous Motorama: Dream Cars From the Joe Bortz Collection display that will be at The Petersen Automotive Museum for two years because they feel the display is so significant.  If any of the AACA members get to the museum to see the display I would love to hear about their visit.  


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Thanks so much to the Botrz cars collection for taking the time and effort to move all those amazing cars from the mid west to the west coast! Quite an undertaking to make sure all arrived safely . This is all for the benefit and visual education of styling- seeing them in person! How incredible is that?

Decades ago when Bill Mitchell retired from G.M. Styling Studios G.M. trucked out at least a half dozen of his styling experimental cars to the NY Auto show in Manhattan. I was there on Press Day to see the cars in person and just happened to be there when Bill Mitchell walked in as well. There is nothing like seeing a 3 dimensional form on wheels in person.

Bill Mitchell ( he instructed me not to call him Mr.) and I spoke about that as he learned that I taught art. Reflections on the painted surface changing as you walk around. etc.


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