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July 22, 2019

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Rare Baldwin Motion Phase III Camaro To Auction

I can’t think of a more positive endorsement for a performance garage than both the U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency threatening you with fines unless you seized operations. This is exactly what happened to Motion Performance in 1974 and this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Baldwin Motion Phase III is said to be the last one they ever built.

In the 1960s as the muscle car craze was sweeping the nation it was slower to penetrate the Northeast, but that didn’t stop Motion Performance from setting up shop in New York City in 1964. Originally located in Brooklyn the garage would move to Long Island where they would partner with their neighbor Chevy dealership, Baldwin Chevrolet, and the Baldwin Motion edition was born.

This example was originally owned by its builder and Motion Performance co-founder, Joel Rosen. This is known not only because the car is very well documented, but it is signed by Rosen. The Phase III features a 454cu.-in. V8 with an automatic transmission. It’s also supped up for the track with the addition of a roll bar and Mickey Thompson S/S Indy Profile tires. The car is a striking gold with white stripes and a classic black interior.

Heading to auction the final weekend in June at Mecum’s Harris, PA auction this fine example of American Muscle could hammer between $175,000 – $250,000.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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