Chevrolet Corvette Motion Spyder
Some of the most extreme muscle cars ever built were the product of the partnership between Baldwin Chevrolet of Baldwin, New York, and Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance, who together made such a splash on the performance scene that eventually the feds would come calling to put an end to the fun, but not before Rosen created the Motion Performance Can Am Spyder. The concept had its roots in the fertile mind of Zora Arkus Duntov, who with IMSA racer and Corvette specialist John Greenwood developed a special body package to envelop the racing tires that were growing wider seemingly by the week. When the Greenwood Corvette made its racing debut it became an instant hit with Corvette fans. Capitalizing on the popularity of Greenwood’s racer, Rosen decided to build a street version; the resulting prototype is offered here from a private collection. The conversion was no simple matter; in addition to the flared pontoon fenders, the car was given a rear hatch to access the rear luggage area, a feature that would not appear on factory built cars until 1982. All the body pieces except the roof panels and windshield were fabricated by Motion. Featured in the 2009 book "Motion Performance: Tales of a Muscle Car Builder," the car was also equipped by Motion with a fully-built 466 CI big block V-8, Muncie M22 close ratio “Rock Crusher” 4-speed and 4.11 rear end. That Seventies influence is evident throughout the car, which features diamond-tufted upholstery in the black interior along with a leather-wrapped Euro-style steering wheel, Hurst shifter and custom instrument bezels. The car is still finished in the original paint scheme of Red with White and Gold striping, and rides on the original finned aluminum wheels with wide – and we do mean wide – Pro Trac Racing Profile radial tires.
Part of the Mecum Spring Auction event in May, 2013
Source: Mecum Auctions