Joe Bortz

Street Cars of Desire

  You can tell when you’ve arrived at Lou Natenshon’s annual open house in a town north of Chicago. The streets around Lou’s house are lined with cars you probably desired to own since you started collecting Matchbox or Hot Wheels toy cars. You never know what will show of at...

Leo Gephart: one of the hobby’s earliest icons

On April 17, the hobby lost one of the men who made car collecting what it is today. It was Leo Gephart who was the driving force to creating auctions in Arizona every January and Auburn, Ind., each Labor Day weekend. Gephart was also the man who brought professional transport services...

Iola ’14 to feature 3 concept cars

Three of the most valuable postwar four-doors will be coming to the 2014 Iola Old Car Show in Iola, Wis. — the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne concept car, the 1955 LaSalle II sedan concept car and the 1966 Duesenberg prototype.

’50s concept cars to become tools for future automotive design

Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart In the 1950s, General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. concept cars predicted the future of the production cars Americans would be seeing at their local new-car dealership. Some of those same 1950s cars may go back to work again, forecasting the future...

Sneak peek at Minichamps’ 1955 LaSalle concept car model

Dream car collector Joe Bortz shared this preview of a new 1:18 model of his recently restored 1955 LaSalle II Roadster concept car. The LaSalle II roadster, along with the 1955 Biscayne, LaSalle II Sedan and 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car were among those concepts Bortz famously rescued from Warhoops...