If you follow us on Facebook,you saw us give you a sneak peak at this car last Saturday. Purchased from “Mr. Motion” Joel Rosen about 10 years ago, it recently completed a very lengthy, very thorough, and (we imagine) a very expensive restoration. It was unveiled for the very first time last weekend at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago by the current owner Dan McMichael, Joel Rosen, and Martyn Schorr. You can check out some more photos its debut after the break.
In 1965 Joel Rosen saw the famous Mako Shark styling car at the New York auto show. About 6 years later, Motion Performance began marketing and selling turnkey shark Corvettes in addition to conversion kits and the infamous Phase III GT. The example seen here was built as a show car delivered on November 2nd, 1974. The lucky owner was Anthony Dedentro of Jackson Heights, New York.
Unique features to this car were the bubble taillights, custom diamond-tufted interior, and air conditioning. Motivation came courtesy of a 350ci engine. Sticker price was an astonishing $17,039.75 when new. Keep in mind that a base 1970 Corvette coupe was only $5,192.
In person, this car is visually stunning. From the perfect sparkling chrome to the custom shark-themed paint, no detail was missed during the restoration. Each time we walked by it, we notice yet another special detail or feature. The car had a crowd around it all weekend, especially when the flip-nose hood went for a short period of time.
For more info on this car, check out MakoShark2.com.