Amelia Island Weekend Edition: What A Concept, LaSalle


So, as this olelongrooffan has mentioned on a couple occasions this past week, The Mad_Hungarian and I attended the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance last weekend. As UDMan, while recovering quite nicely, and as Hooniverse Weekend Edition isn’t quite yet his Cup of Tea, this olelongrooffan thought I might pop in with a Weekend Edition of some of the stuff we saw under those glorious sunny Florida skies in contrast to the snow covered cars Antti shared with us last weekend. So let’s begin with a pair of LaSalles.


Now my fellow Hoons may, or may not, remember at the very beginning of my Long Shots posts, a LaSalle was prominately featured in more than one of those. Shit…it  seems like I saw three of them in a row after having not seen any previously. Even the TheSmartOne commented on that experience. Hell, even Truly Nolen’s PR folks sent an inspirational book about his life to this olelongrooffan for my enjoyment and inspirational pleasure. But the LaSalles’ Truly owns, while quite nice, can’t hold a candle to this one.


Sorry about the butt shot of that dude but check out the wheel on the steering axle of this ’55 concept. Yeah this is one of the Motorama concept cars GM built in 1955 when they were thinking about reviving the Cadillac wannabe namesake. 


Wiki tells me that instead of being crushed as many of GM’s concept cars were back in the day, these were hidden away in a warehouse. However when I asked the guy who was talking about these cars, (anyone surprised at this olelongrooffan’s action) he mentioned he had found them in a junkyard somewhere in the midwest. I asked him how he found them and he looked at me and said, “I have my sources,” and let it go at that.


He did relate that some GM exec had accompanied these two LaSalle II’s to that junkyard but he was running late getting home to an already pissed off wife and told the junkyard dudes that he knew they would cut them up and bolted from that place.


As it turns out, they did cut up the LaSalle II concept coupe but left this sedan alone and instead hid it in a corner of that junkyard until this Hoon had them located.


To this olelongrooffan, that rear wheel well reminds me of the 1954 Skylark which would have been designed alongside in Harley Earl’s Arts and Color Design Studio there on the General Motors compound.


Scallop on the front fender and suicide doors For The Win!


This olelongrooffan doesn’t remember what that dude was saying about this engine. It’s possible The Mad_Hungarian remembers and probable one of my fellow Hoons knows what its secrets are.


This is the LaSalle II roadster that was cut up and then put back together by the dude who found them. Predecessor to the Alante’ perhaps?

Stay tuned for more adventures with The Mad_Hungarian and this olelongrooffan on that golf course that afternoon.

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7 responses to “Amelia Island Weekend Edition: What A Concept, LaSalle”

  1. salguod Avatar

    So cool to see this in 'as found' condition.
    I think it was the Warhoops salvage yard (which seems to still exist) where these were found along with a couple other GM show cars that were supposed to have been destroyed.
    I'd love to see rear shots of these if you've got them.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      I believe it was Warhoops. Unfortunately my elcheapoimage taker decided it wanted to have a drunk blurry look on all three I got of the rear end. Sorry my fellow Hoon.

  2. stigshift Avatar

    Did you see the '61 Cadillac LeMans? Amazing story behind that one. It was next to the Cyclone.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    These are two of the cars Joe Bortz bought at Warhoops back in 1988, along with the 1955 Chevy Biscayne concept, which has been restored converted to running condition.

  4. david42 Avatar

    Not a big fan of the jeep grille, but I love how the windshield sweeps up and over. The way the the windows run parallel in the c-pillar is lovely, too

  5. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

    The engine, IIRC, was intended to be a fuel injected V6, maybe overhead cam too. I say "intended" because I recall Joe Bortz saying it was a nonfunctional mockup. It's interesting to view this car as a road not taken for GM. I don't know the exact dimensions but it's definitely a small car, but with what looks to be a roomy cockpit. I noticed the front tire is the same size as the tires on my '64 Corvair.

  6. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    <img src=""&gt; Now I'm really excited, cause it's going to be at the Geneva Concours d'Elegance this year too!