Volume II, Issue 3, Page 10

Words and photos by Geoff Stunkard
3/16/2007

Back in the 1960s, Corvettes could be had right from the factory in some variety. There were the well-known 327” small blocks, 427” four-barrel and tri-power versions, plus the L89 and ultra-rare ZL1 machines with aluminum engine components, and finally the feared L88 race-only specials. Most people could find something among the factory offerings to find ‘get up and go’ for their new ‘Vette.

But it was the Sixties. Peace. Flowers. Revolution. War. And performance. For Chevrolet’s prospective new buyers, this came not just from Detroit, but from a handful of dealership/rebuilder combinations that were willing to take power to the limit. Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance operation out on Long Island, New York was among the most notorious. Associated with the Baldwin Chevrolet dealership, Motion benefited from a close relationship with several New York magazine writers. The business’s legend grew until the federal government firmly told them to cease and desist in the mid 1970s. Among the wildest street cars on the planet was the 1968 427 Corvette roadster seen here.


The view EVERYONE had of an L88 Baldwin-Motion ‘vette. This is excess defined…

The car is now in the possession of a private collector, but was located and restored by Davenport, Iowa’s by Dave and Leanne Belk. Delivered far from the Hawkeye State, the early ownership trail has been cold despite Dave’s best attempt to trace it back.

“Due to changes in the way states let out car ownership info, I’ve had no luck getting the information on the original title from the New Jersey DMV,” he says. “I was able to identify that as the point of the delivery by decoding the gas tank sticker. And nobody seems to be able to identify the specific dealership, either.”

 

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