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1955 Biscayne

Monterey 2008: GM's Motorama cars at Pebble Beach
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Cars You Should Know: 1955 Chevy Biscayne Motorama Showcar, hooniverse.com, Oct 10, 2009. Click here.

 

1955 Chevy Biscayne Full Size Rendering photo
1955 Chevy Biscayne Full Size Rendering photo

Thank you Larry Faloon and the General Motors Archive Department for these great photos of the full size renderings of the Biscayne.

"The guys are working on a full size rendering of the Biscayne interior. The interiors for these show cars were designed in pencil right on the 20ft blackboards based on the sketches the designers did at their desks and then air brushed to make a better presentation. You can see in the photo that they even painted in the luggage and some of the mechanicals". Larry Faloon, GM Heritage Center

Larry Faloon
Designer
Biography: Raised in the automotive family in Detroit, Larry graduated from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1967. After working for several small industrial design firms in Chicago and Detroit, he joined the GM Design Staff in 1968. Working first in the advanced design studios, he subsequently worked in a wide variety of design, administrative and executive assignments.

Among the most interesting assignments were the development of GM’s North Hollywood studio and leading the GM product placement team on Sylvester Stallone’s Demolition Man. Larry retired in 2002 after having worked for five of GM’s six vice presidents of design. Later in 2002, he joined the GM Heritage Center development team where he continues to be responsible for its overall design appearance.

 

Joe Bortz, Chuck Jordan, Larry Faloon, Marty Martino

Joe Bortz, Chuck Jordan, Larry Faloon, Marty Martino (Fran Roxas in background with straw hat).

 

1955BiscayneFactoryChasscollage

 

1955 Motorama

1955 LaSalle Sedan (center) and 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne 1955 biscayne restosration 1955 LaSalle Sedan

From Riches to Rags to Riches
Text by David W. Temple
Click here to read it.

Mystery Cars: The Chevy Biscayne Click here.

biscayne life

 

Automobile Magazine Presents Great Shots

 

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1955 Chevy Biscayne Dream Car by John Gunnell, Auto Trader Classics, May 2011. Click here to read it.


1955 biscayne restosration
The Biscayne was supposed to have been destroyed in late 1959.
The Biscayne is having its parts reunited for the first time in over 45 years!



1955 biscayne restoration
The 1955 Chevy Biscayne was considered to be one of the most beautiful Motorama cars ever produced!
Original factory picture shown here. See more photos in Interesting Photos.



1955 biscayne restosration
Warhoops Junkyard approximately 1990, the Biscayne which had been cut into several large pieces and hidden for almost four decades until the
Bortz Auto Collection tracked it down at the Warhoops Junkyard.

 

1955 biscayne restosration
Joe Bortz proudly shows off the find of the century in Warhoops Junkyard in approximately 1990.
The car had been cut up into eight major pieces and was due to be crushed but Warhoops owner, Harry Sr.
managed to hide all of these pieces until around 1990 when he turned over all of the pieces to the car to the Bortz Auto Collection.



1955 biscayne restosration
Summer 2005 the chassis is being hand crafted by Kerry Hopperstad Custom Shop, the number one custom hot rod shop in
the Midwest, who performed the time intensive and tedius task of duplicating the original chassis from detailed pictures of the Biscayne were discovered in 1999 in the General Motors Tech Center. The Biscayne file was discovered buried in a file cabinet at the General Motors Tech Center. This afforded the opportunity to have the chassis and running gear duplicated to its exact original specifications.



1955 biscayne restoration
October 2005 the excitement is mounting the Biscayne chassis is getting extremely close to
being brought together with the body!



1955 biscayne restoration
November 7, 2005 A BIG DAY FOR THE BISCAYNE!!! The Biscayne body is placed on its exact replica chassis,
the engine and running gear are in place and the hubcaps have even been placed on the car it is ready to roll!!!

For further information please see the following articles:

One-of-a-kind: 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, Velocity Channel.

Classic Chevy World, Chevrolet's Motorama Dream Car for 1955 - The Biscayne,10/1/2005

Hemmings Classic Car, January 2005 "Biscayne Today"


Biscayne Brochure

 

The Biscayne restored and heading to
The Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook July
2010
1955 biscayne restoration
Read the article here.

 

1955 biscayne restoration