The only surviving Firebird Trans-Am prototype is alive and well thanks to a dedicated musclecar enthusiast, blogs Stephen Cox. In the autumn of 1968, Pontiac Motor Division General Manager, John DeLorean, recruited California customizer Gene Winfield to create the “ultimate Firebird”. Winfield was flown to Pontiac Engineering in Michigan, then given a pair of brand new ‘69 Pontiac Firebirds and a free hand to re-design them as he saw fit. When Winfield's highly anticipated cars emerged from...Read More
’56 CORVETTE ‘SEBRING’: RPO RACER!
Restored to the way it ran at Sebring in 1956, rare Arctic Blue 265/240 Corvette is a real time machine. In 1956, five Corvettes were entered at Sebring and rare Corvette collector Phil Schwartz owns the only one entered privately. The other four were official Chevrolet factory racecars driven by high-profile drivers. Sponsored by Doane Chevrolet, the #3 Corvette was driven from the Chicago area to Sebring (FL), raced and then driven back to Illinois. While this racer’s chassis has ...Read More
CUSTOM CLASSIC: 1919 MEISENHELDER ROADSTER!
One of four built in York, PA between 1919 and 1924; this impressive coachbuilt boattail Speedster is the only known example! Shown at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island Concours, we caught up with it last month in Chicago at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) where it was a feature vehicle. Considered a Concept Car when new, it was originally handcrafted by Meisenhelder’s Sheetmetal and Autobody Works to attract buyers of ultra-expensive luxury cars as well as call attention to the c...Read More
BALDWIN-MOTION & MOTION: MCACN 2013!
MOTION MADNESS III hosts some of the finest documented examples of dealer-marketed Chevrolet Supercars. Not the largest by sales volume, but certainly the most prolific of all niche-market Chevrolet super-performance builders-marketers of the 1960s-1970s, Baldwin-Motion was well represented at this year’s MCACN (Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals), showcasing a dozen examples of Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen’s prize offerings at MOTION MADNESS III. Adam Tuckman's '70 Phase III ...Read More
L88 CORVETTES: RAREST OF RARE AT MCACN!
Close to half of the 20 multi-million-dollar ’67 L88s, plus a few ground-pounding 1968-’69 Corvettes, were at one place at one time: MCACN 2013. Bob Ashton has a reputation for assembling the quickest, fastest, rarest and most valuable muscle cars and Corvettes at his annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago. This year he outdid himself. Working with Kevin Mackay at Corvette Repair, Valley Stream, NY, they assembled a mind-boggling number of L88 Corvettes, including seve...Read More
BALDWIN-MOTION SS427 CAMARO: WANTED!
The 1969 ‘Poster Car’ for Baldwin-Motion Camaros disappeared six months or so after delivery to Joe Oldham and never recovered. It’s Déjà vu all over again! Hardcore Camaro enthusiasts at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago last month did double takes when visiting the MOTION MADNESS III display. They stopped in their tracks when they saw the triple-black 500-horsepower SS427 ’69 Camaro and its owner, muscle car maven Joe Oldham. Could the car showcased on the iconic W...Read More
SHELBY 427 FLIP-TOP COBRA: CSX-2196!
There was only one Shelby 427 Cobra in 1964, a car that Ken Miles and Shelby techs built to beat Zora Duntov’s Grand Sport Corvette. And it did, sort of! When legendary driver Ken Miles saw what Zora-Arkus Duntov had accomplished at GM working under the radar, building the Corvette Grand Sport racecar, he saw an opportunity to fuel the Ford vs. Chevy wars. Working as a driver and Competition Director at Shelby American, he set out with Carroll Shelby’s blessings, to try and one-up the new ...Read More