Rare 1-Of-10 Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III GT Heads to Auction
Baldwin-Motion remains an important name in Corvette history, and this rare Phase III GT was their unicorn.
In the world of Corvette performance, the joint venture between Motion Performance and Baldwin Chevrolet remains an important component. Even if the car you see here, a Phase III GT, wasn't exactly a hot seller. Up for grabs at Mecum Auctions, this '69 is, in fact, just one of 10 ever produced. Yet, it's still a very significant car in Corvette history.
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Built to Order
Baldwin-Motion started building these cars to order in 1969, fitting them with a variety of options. Customers could opt for big power upgrades, as well as unique body parts that truly set them apart from your average C3.
There was just one tiny problem - the Phase III GT was incredibly expensive for its day. Costing as much as $13,000, it's not really a surprise that very few were actually built before Baldwin Motion killed the idea in 1971.
But the Phase III GT wasn't a failure - not by a long shot. It helped spur a burgeoning parts business for Baldwin Motion, and they sold a ton o individual parts and conversion kits as a result.
Today, there's no telling how many of the 10 original Phase III GTs are still around. But this beautiful example is certainly one of the finest. It's a fully documented car with just 46,165 miles, and it's in stunning condition.
This particular car doesn't have any engine modifications, but with the original 427/435 big block, it's plenty fast regardless. Especially with the M21 4-speed manual transmission behind it.
One of One
What this Corvette does have is a total of 14 Baldwin Motion upgrades, mostly body parts. It's also the only one ever built with Shelby side scoops.
And if you find this gold and black beauty a bit familiar, that's because you've probably seen it before. It was on the cover of the February 2005 issue of Corvette Fever magazine, for starters.
Making the Rounds
This very car was also the one used in Baldwin Motion's parts advertisements, as well as the cover car for 1970's Supercar Magazine. So you could say that it's been in front of a lot of eyeballs in its time.
With such a tiny production run, we're just happy to see this cool slice of Corvette history intact today. And we certainly hope that it finds a fitting home and suitable owner when it crosses the block this time around.
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