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Bortz Auto Collection Is Prototype Heaven

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On: Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Gary P Garry

Bortz Auto Collection Is Prototype Heaven

http://bortzautocollection.com/When you research the history of the cars you love, you invariably unearth the names of important pioneers who helped push the industry forward. The names of certain brands that we have all come to know as household names were actually the names of the founders of the companies. These would include Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, and many others.

There are also great automotive designers, executive visionaries, engineers, and other contributors to the industry that we respect. However, there is another form of contribution that is often overlooked.

Classic car collectors do a great deal to preserve the history of the industry; one of these collectors is Joe Bortz. The Bortz Auto Collection is one of the most amazing displays of classic cars and prototypes in the world.

Portions of his collection have been on display at some of the foremost museums we have, including the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and others.

In fact, a truly spectacular, one-of-a-kind 1956 Cadillac Die Valkyrie (pictured above) was recently on display at the “Grand Experience” which was put on by the Classic Car Club of America on the campus of the esteemed Gilmore Museum.

The Bortz Auto Collection contains a diverse array of mind-boggling classic motor vehicles, but Joe is particularly well known for his collection of prototypes. Automotive companies would create these cars as living laboratories of sorts. Concept cars contained proprietary ideas, and the companies that designed them didn't really want them to get around once the work was done.

Joe Bortz has made it his business to try to convince these companies to sell him classic prototypes, and the results can be seen within his collection. It contains 24 of these one-off concept cars.

Bortz has always had an extreme passion for automobiles. When he was as young as nine years old he would ride his bicycle to auto dealerships within range to add new car brochures to his ever-growing collection. Eventually, these pictures turned into real life automotive treasures.

This collector looks at the automobile as an art form more than a form of transportation, and many of us can share that sentiment. Joe Bortz has lived the dream that he had as a child throughout his life, and his passion has enriched the lives of all of those who have seen parts of his amazing collection.

Photo courtesy of Bortz Auto Collection



Mia Lennart | 6:11PM (Sun, Jun 22, 2014)

Very very nice! I love these kind of cars!
Of course they don't run fuel efficient and don't have the safety of modern cars but they just look fantastic!

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