Car: Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Super Vega 454 V8
What makes it special: Baldwin Motion was actually a partnership between Long Island, New York’s Baldwin Chevrolet and Joel Rosen’s Motion Performance speed shop. They were famous for their "Phase III Fantastic Five" of the Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Chevelle, Biscayne and Nova. By year 1971 the company had started modifying the Chevrolet Vega.
What made it famous: The econo-box Vega's 2.3 litre, 140 cu in, die-cast aluminium cylinder block and cast-iron cylinder head, single overhead camshaft in-line four banger engine was replaced, and they stuffed a potent LS7 454 V8 in its place. To give you some perspective, it was a car that barely weighed 2200lb, with a length of 14 feet and a wheelbase of just 97 inches. They ran a 9-second quarter-mile when completed. Plus, they received the special Baldwin-Motion decal badging and assorted body treatments of a raised hood scoop, and chin and rear spoilers.
Why I would want one: I have always wanted a V8 Vega conversion. This...is undoubtedly THE most famous, as well as THE most potent Vega ever created. And that is why I would list this car as a "must have!" Plus, it was built on Long Island, and as a born-and-raised Long Islander...I always root for the home team.
Fun fact: (Sad fact, actually...) When Car Craft Magazine ran a story on a 1973 454 Motion Super Vega with the headline "King Kong lives on Long Island". Allegedly, that article is said to be one of the reasons the Federal Government went after Motion Performance and stopped it from selling street cars in 1974.
(1973 Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet Super Vega 454 V8 photo from bradfanshaw.com)
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