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“GM’s Marvelous Motorama” at Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates Dream Automobiles from the Nineteen Fifties


The exhibit will characteristic six idea automobiles, collectively for the primary time underneath one roof, initially displayed at GM Motorama exhibits in 1953, ‘54 and ‘55.

Positioned within the Audrey and Martin Gruss Basis Gallery, the exhibit will discover the historical past of Normal Motors’ touring Motorama exhibits.

Legendary GM stylist Harley Earl used the exhibits to current experimental non-production automobiles that featured design and technological ideas a few of which discovered their method to manufacturing cars. A number of fashions, just like the Corvette, even went into manufacturing.

1954 Pontiac Bonneville Particular – Design Render Illustration

Six automobiles shall be featured within the exhibit, together with three rescued from close to destruction at Warhoops Auto and Truck Components in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

After their time within the highlight, nearly all of “Dream Automobiles” have been despatched to scrap yards to be minimize aside and crushed. Amongst these preserved have been 4 automobiles saved by Warhoops staff and squirreled away amongst junked automotive our bodies.

1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Idea Restoration

After listening to rumors concerning the saved “Dream Automobiles” within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, collector Joe Bortz bought the 4 automobiles from the scrapyard.

The 1955 LaSalle II Roadster

Museum guests will see the 1955 LaSalle II Roadster and 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, which Bortz painstakingly restored after each have been minimize in half in preparation for the crusher, in addition to a 1955 LaSalle Sedan in its “junkyard contemporary” situation.

1955 Chevy Biscayne Idea Full Measurement Rendering (supply: Joe Bortz Assortment)

1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Inside Design Full Measurement Rendering (supply: Joe Bortz Assortment)

Extra automobiles featured within the exhibit are the 1953 Pontiac Parisienne, 1953 Buick Wildcat and a very unique and unrestored 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Particular.

To learn extra on thecars you’ll be able to test the Joe Bortz Assortment’s web site.

“These automobiles are the Picassos and Rembrandts of this automotive technology,” mentioned Bortz. “To see six of them collectively, all from the ‘50s, and all the actual deal is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative.”

“Joe Bortz has an extremely distinctive assortment of historic automobiles, the likes of which have by no means been displayed on the museum,” mentioned Petersen Automotive Museum Government Director Terry L. Karges. “The Motoramas have been an essential a part of automotive historical past, and we’re excited to share these ‘Dream Automobiles’ with fans from all over the world.”

“GM’s Marvelous Motorama: Dream Automobiles From the Joe Bortz Assortment” shall be on show by March 2026. To buy tickets or for extra details about the Petersen Automotive Museum, you’ll be able to go to Petersen.org/reveals.

(Supply: Petersen Automotive Museum)

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