Anyone ever heard of Motion Performance/Baldwin Chevrolet??...late 60's-70's
Ok I was looking at a pic on one of my friends myspage pages. It was of a car (camaro I believe) that had "Motion Performance" and "Baldwin Chevrolet" on it. I asked him what the deal was cause I lived in Baldwin, Long Island in NY for the first 20yrs of my life.
He said that in the late 60's thru the 70's there was a performance shop in Baldwin that built supercars. Apparently you could either buy the car from Baldwin Chevrolet or Motion Performance, get delivery thru the dealer and then get it worked on at Motion. These "supercars", basically were turnkey race prepared cars, invoiced as new and complete with warranty.
I thought this was cool since I never heard this before. And it's kinda cool knowing there used to be a place like this near where I used to live.
So anyone every heard of this old shop, or what they produced?
You're looking at the production in those pics. There were several old dealers across North America that teamed up with parts suppliers and race shops to make "supercars" in the image of what Shelby was doing with Ford a few years before. I haven't heard of the Baldwin's (though I may have simply forgotten them too), but this was a fairly common feature of the muscle car era. 3 years from the advertisment, the deals were off when the first oil crisis hit in 72, emissions laws started to take effect, and insurers started to realize that power+youth=claims...
They were quick, even by today's standards. Baldwin just one of a few speciality car tuners of the time and was making moddifed cars into the 80s. Don Yenko was another car dealer who modded Chevys in the 60/70s and even a few cars in the 80s. Today these early big block Yenko and Baldwin cars sell for well over $200,000.
Even GM got into the act with there own factory hot rods....they had the CoPo Camaro, looked like a 6 cyl car, stripped down with no badges, scoops or fancy stripes but had a big 427 stuffed inside. Again, well over $200,000 today.
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^ This one called the 1969 Baldwin-Motion 540 SuperCoupe was in the limelight a year or two ago in autoshows and on TV. It's bloody sexy and last time I heard, it can be tuned (with turbos) to an excess of 1000hp based on the customer's preference (and the size of the wallet also). I believe it comes with a warranty and the craftsmanship of their custom Camaros are second to none. Plus you get the exclusivity (which is obvious for that kinda price).
Originally Posted by falnfenix
that twatwaffle gives me headaches, so i tend to avoid him.
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