Minichamps 107147030
1955 LA SALLE ROADSTER CONCEPT  (BORTZ COLLECTION)  Resin Model Car in 1:18 Scale by Minichamps
1955 LaSalle Roadster in 1:18 Scale by Minichamps
107147030
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Detailed Description

This is the 1955 LASALLE ROADSTER CONCEPT from the BORTZ COLLECTION Resin Model Car in 1:18 Scale by Minichamps.  A fine model from the GM Motorama Dream Cars Collection Series.
 
 
This model is a highly detailed model in 1:18 Scale. Beautiful paint, detailed interior and undercarriage.
 






"It's not surprising that some GM designers and even executives continued to have visions of LaSalle's eventual return as a specialized Cadillac. Prime among them was Harley Earl, who created two 1955 Cadillac LaSalle Series II concept cars for that year's edition of GM's traveling Motorama show.

Both wore vertical-slot grilles echoing the aborted 1941, flanked by vertical bumpers bearing big "bullet" guards and wrapped around to the sides. There were also "LaS" emblems as used in LaSalle's last years.

Still, these concepts were dissimilar to each other. One was a flashy two-seat roadster of the Corvette stripe, with elliptical bodyside concavities like those destined for the production 1956 'Vette.

Stubby rear fenders were abruptly cut off to leave the wheels exposed (something like the Brooks Stevens treatment for the front of the stillborn 1956 Gaylord). Chassis side rails housed the exhaust pipes, which exited just ahead of the back wheels.

Overall length was just 180 inches, height a mere 50 inches. That lowness was partly achieved with 13-inch tires, rare for even period Detroit showmobiles. Predictive features included unit construction, a big compound-curve windshield similar to 1959 production design, and an experimental small-block aluminum V-6 that GM was toying with at the time."

Joe Bortz rescued and restored the 1955 LaSalle Roadster in 1988 along with other significant General Motors Dream Cars/Concept Cars that had been sent to be destroyed in the late 1950's. The 1955 LaSalle Roadster was one of General Motors star cars featured at the General Motors Motorama in 1955 that served to showcase the car designs of the future.


 

 



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