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Welcome to Bortzautocollection.com.

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This site is dedicated to prototype cars and other interesting cars from various periods in automotive history. The Bortz Automotive Collection has been featured at ACD museum, Cleveland Auto & Aviation, Peterson museum, Gilmore museum, Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and were the featured cars at the Louis Vuitton show at Rockefeller Center. They have been covered by numerous magazines and featured in many car shows.

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With this site we hope to bring these cars, their history and rare looks at the cars themselves to the World Wide Web.
We would love to hear your comments on how you like our website!

Joseph E. Bortz, Founder
Debra L. Powless, Curator
William Sullivan, Director of Restorations

For more information
Joe's cell: 847-668-2004 - Please contact if you have any of the following cars - all leads appreciated!
call: 847-433-7777
fax: 847-433-0277
e-mail: Bortzcars@aol.com
Or write us:
P.O. Box 280
Highland Park, IL 60035.

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Others profess a nostalgia for specific old cars that borders on the obsessive. "It's a psychological phenomenon," said Joe Bortz, an Illinois-based collector of vintage concept cars. "An old car is like a time machine. You get in the car, and you can experience a time warp to a time that feels better than the present."

A Unique Concept

Almost accidently, Joe Bortz became the custodian of a fleet of forgotten automotive masterpieces. Along the way he became an expert on General Motors history and a staunch believer in its future. The retired Chicago biochemist and restaurateur is a self-described automotive archaeologist, rescuing classic concept cars from junkyards and forgotten warehouses. “The world’s finest designers did their best work in Detroit in the 1950s and the 1960s,” Bortz said. “A century from now, these cars will be recognized as the Picassos and Rembrandts of their time.”

The Providence Journal, August 8, 2010

 

 

Proclamation from Bill Warner

THE BORTZ AUTO COLLECTION IS EXTREMELY PROUD TO RECEIVE THE FIRST PROCLAMATION EVER GIVEN OUT BY AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE/BILL WARNER WHICH WAS RECEIVED IN MARCH 2014. TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THE AWARD PRESENTATION AT AMELIA ISLAND 2014 CLICK ON LINK BELOW.
Proclamation Award by Bill Warner Click here.

"Great news and long overdue recognition for a person with great passion for the
cars..... Not to mention being willing to spend huge sums of money to bring
these rare vehicles to enthusiasts everywhere".

Larry
Larry Faloon, former General Motors executive and great friend to the Bortz Auto Collection

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In memory of DAVE HOLLS (1931 - 2000) General Motors Design Director, who helped design some of the most memorable cars in General Motors history. Dave Holls was a good friend and was considered the godfather to the Bortz concept car collection. Dave Holls & Joe Bortz Detroit, March 1991.

Letters to the Bortz Auto Collection


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LaSalle Concept Almost Lost Forever by Ken Amrick, On Solid Ground , Fall 2014. Read it here.
Somebody Up There Likes Me! by Joe Bortz, On Solid Ground Fall 2014. Read it here.
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Delorean's Dream Car by John Gunnell, Car Kulture Deluxe Fall 2014. Read it here.

 

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Cars previously owned by Joe

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