Between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, if you wanted a Corvette, or any other Chevrolet product, that would absolutely kick butt at any drag strip in the country, Joel Rosen at Baldwin Motion was the man to see. Baldwin Motion was a combination of Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance and Baldwin Chevrolet, a small dealer on Long Island.
During the horsepower era of the sixties and early seventies, several dealers and tuners rose to prominence as the place to go if you wanted more performance out of your Chevrolet.
We’ve recently featured a 1969 Corvette from Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago, which was a great place to have your Corvette souped up if you lived in the midwest. But if you lived over on the east coast, chances are your dealership/tuner of choice would be Joel Rosen and Baldwin Motion on Long Island, NY.
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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.
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Remember way back before the internet? Like back when ordering parts from a catalog involved filling out that confusing little centerfold sheet filled with oddly shaped boxes, cryptic color codes, and nondescript abbreviations? In today’s world if we need something by mail, we just fire up the ole PC, click a few buttons, enter a few numbers and voila! Our items show up at our door stop a few days later.
This uber rare Baldwin/Motion Phase III Corvette is currently up for grabs on eBay. Unlike other Baldwin/Motion cars which were assembled prior to purchase, this 1968 Corvette was modified about 4 years after it was driven off the lot by the original owner. All the requisite Motion Performance parts were ordered through the mail and a local body shop performed the transformation. The car is currently listed on eBay waiting for you to purchase it. Find out more about this stunning ride and the price tag attached to it after the jump.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals get underway in Chicago on Saturday and we’re betting one of the highlights of the weekend show will be the reunion of the legendary Baldwin-Motion Corvettes (and Camaro’s) with their creator, Joel “Mr.Motion” Rosen. In advance of tomorrow’s opening, here’s a quick video taken during today’s setup. Hit the jump for a few more photos.
Joel Rosen’s east coast-based Motion Performance Speed Shop was legendary for building unbeatable muscle cars in the Sixties and seventies. Teaming up with Baldwin Chevrolet, customers could order a Corvette which would be torn down and rebuilt into an 11.5 second drag car, complete with factory warranty.
One the creations of Rosen was the Phase III GT which made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York City in April, 1969. Motion Performance would build just 12 of the 500+ horsepower grand touring Corvettes with the last one leaving the shop in 1971. That last Phase III GT Corvette was recently purchased from the family of the original owner and has been restored back to original condition and will be displayed at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in November.
Back in the late sixties, Joel Rosen and his Motion Performance speed shop was the go to place on the East Coast for serious automotive performance. Joel had partnered with Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island to build turn-key street racers out of new Camaros, Novas Chevelles and Corvettes. During the years of 1967-74, hundreds of Motion-branded cars were built including this ultra-rare 1 of 1 1972 Moray GT Corvette which is now being offered on eBay.