Car: Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette
What makes it special: Between 1969 and 1971, Baldwin-Motion’s Joe Rosen built 12 Phase III Grand Touring Corvettes, all powered by potent 427 and 454 big-blocks. The GT showcased custom body panels including a fastback window conversion, as much horsepower as the customer wanted and a full array of mechanical upgrades.
What made it famous: This particular car shown was the last built, powered by an aluminum-head 500-plus horsepower 454, and is the highest-optioned and most expensive example of what was dubbed "The Dynamic Dozen." It has a blueprinted aluminum head V8, and is backed by a modified M40 Turbo Hydromatic with Hone overdrive to a 4.88 Posi rear. When the OD is engaged, final drive ratio is 3.42. Of all the GT's known, it is the most original, most documented and highest-optioned.
Why I would want one: It was produced on Long Island ( like me. ) It's probably one of the most rare Corvettes ever made, and if you are going to HAVE a Corvette, why not shoot for the ultimate? One that stood out among the crowd.
Fun fact: The Phase III GT was the first real “tuner Corvette,” built almost two decades before Reeves Callaway produced a twin-turbo Corvette. The fastback window allowed for a large storage area behind the bucket seats for luggage or golf clubs.
( 1971 Baldwin Motion Phase III GT Corvette photo from netcarzone.com )