MOTORAMA SHOW CAR LOST & FOUND
The Refabricated 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Had My Eyes Buggin' Outta My Head.
I finally found my way inside the reinvented Petersen Automotive Museum.
After getting lost in a spellbinding sea of one-of-a-kind, auction-block-buster classics of the art deco era, I moseyed myself up stairs and delightfully discovered a display of “Dueseys” that were way more my speed.
The iconic 1950 Hirohata Merc; a 1964 Chevy Impala, low–riderized and fiercely finished in an extravaganza of pink and purple; and a one-of-a-kind, handmade, 1953 fiberglass-bodied Corvette wannabe, inspired my imagination and made my spirit soar!
But it was the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, a one-off General Motors concept car, once a darling of the Motorama show circuit, that had my eyes buggin’ outta my head, ratfink style!
After it was retired from the Motorama show circuit, GM ordered it destroyed; supposedly never to be seen or heard from again.
It was then promptly delivered to a metal scrapper, chopped up in pieces — 10, according to the legend. But thankfully those pieces were never crushed as directed.
30-ish years later, classic car collector extraordinaire, Joe Bortz, got wind of the Biscayne’s dissected existence, as well as a handful of other Motorama show car survivors the scrapper had quietly squirreled away.
After thousands of restoration hours, piecing it back together and fabricating what wasn’t there, we now have the privilege of seeing this delightfully bizarre concept car displayed in all its lime green glory!
Stylistically speaking this lil Motorama marvel looks to me like a cross between first generation Corvair, second generation Corvette, ’60s Continental with suicide doors, and a Bug Eyed Austin Healy Sprite.
Yes, its called the Biscayne, But I choose to call this classic cutie the FROG !!!
Cheers to the Petersen, the FROG, and YOU!