Article contributed by Steve Burns
A couple weeks back we stumbled across a rare Baldwin-Motion Corvette for sale on eBay. On Father’s Day we took Dad to the 24th annual Eyes on Design Car Show which is held on the scenic grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house in Grosse Pointe Shore, MI. Being an invitation-only all-car show, we didn’t expect to see but just a couple of nice Corvettes in attendance. Imagine our surprise when we noticed this yellow 1970 Baldwin-Motion Phase III Corvette tucked in with a group of Yenko, Nickey, and Baldwin-Motion cars. Check out some pics of this rare bird after the jump.
The yellow 1970 was being shown by Dan McMichael. This example is one of 10 Phase III cars assembled between 1969 and 1971 and one of just a few known to exist. By our count that means that there’s this yellow one, the red one on eBay (we know, technically not built by Motion), one at Corvette Repair in Long Island, and the recently discovered white car we told you about late last year. We’ll keep checking for more hiding in a barn somewhere, though.
This Phase III car has all the usual Motion-specific items including enclosed front headlights, fast back roof, flared fenders, and the famous black Motion stripe running down the center of the car. Under the hood is a 535hp solid lifter 454 with open chamber heads and 11:1 compression. That lump is hooked up to the TH400 automatic transmission which has been fitted with overdrive. Also on the list of go-fast items are traction bars, performance shocks and springs, as well as a set of American Racing wheels. The one is also equipped with air conditioning so you keep cool while you’re tearing up the quarter mile. Check out the pics we took of this beauty below.