Five hundred horsepower was a lot back in the day when this 1969 Baldwin Motion Chevrolet Corvette Phase III GT was built.
And it’s still pretty impressive nearly 50 years later, considering the base C7 Corvette pours out 460 horses these days.
Someone will have the opportunity to relive some of Corvette’s glory days of the 1960s and 1970s with this “incredibly rare and significant” Motion Corvette that’s up for sale on eBay.
Marty Schoor, co-founder of Motion Performance with Joel Rosen and one-time editor of Cars Magazine back in the day, says the car is an authentic Phase III GT, one of just 10 or 12 ever built and one of eight still known to exist.
This one is the only one painted candy gold, according to Schoor, and likewise the only one with Shelby Mustang side scoops on the sail panel. “I liked them,” Schoor quips, “but nobody else did so only this car got them.”
Motion Performance souped up hundreds of Corvettes, Camaros, Novas, and Chevelles from 1967 to 1974, in partnership with Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island. Motion guaranteed that the top Phase III models would reach at least 120mph in 11.50 seconds or less with an approved driver on a sanctioned strip, pretty heady stuff in those days.
Every Phase III Corvette was different. This one has the original 427 engine (with 46,160 miles) along with an Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley carburetor, Muncie M21 four-speed transmission, recessed headlights, functional scooped hood, Motion traction bar, Motion slotted wheels with tapered lug nuts, larger Mickey Thompson tires as it appeared in early magazine photos, 427 emblems, and slit taillights.
Be aware that Schorr believes the car will need some work, possibly a repaint, despite the low mileage, and unique Motion parts like decals, custom body parts, valve covers, traction bars, and slotted wheels, are not impossible to locate, but on the other hand, they’re not easy, either.
Indeed, this entire car itself was AWOL for many years before resurfacing in time to bring a whopping $231,000 at the Barrett Jackson sale in Scottsdale about 10 years ago. “I hope somebody buys it and restores it,” Schorr said.
Right now, with the sale going through 11:47 a.m. Monday, the reserve hasn’t been met, with 15 bidders raising the offer to $66,766.66 as of Friday morning.