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2005 Baldwin-Motion Camaro 540 SuperCoupe

First shown at the 2005 SEMA show, this SuperCoupe brings with it the return of Balwin Motion, a famous Chevrolet Dealership tuner who modified cars like the Corvette into the Phase III. In July of 2005, Joel Rosen and Marty Schorr of the orginal Balwin Motion formed an exclusive strategic business partnership with Joel Ehrenpreis and Larry Jaworske of Motion, LLC in Sarasota, FL. Their mission was to Re-launch the Baldwin-Motion brands and create the next great American Supercar.

This soul-stirring two-seat SuperCoupe’s hand-crafted steel body, penned by Kris Horton and executed by Time Machines is functionally styled for maximum appeal and performance. Engine layout is front/mid and its aluminum big-block is set back 13 inches. Fully tubbed and lowered, it incorporates a proprietary 2×3-inch tubular steel backbone/spine chassis running through the console and welded to the body. The result is an incredibly rigid platform, engineered for maximum performance.

Styling details include tastefully flared fender wells, widened rear fenders with functional brake cooling scoops and an extended hood with an L-88-inspired scoop. Finished in Motion Red, the body is highlighted by traditional Baldwin-Motion badging and striping.

The prototype SuperCoupe is powered by an all-aluminum 700-hp Merlin/Motion big-block built by Bill Mitchell. The blueprinted and dyno-tuned 540-cubic-inch powerplant has a World Products aluminum block with 4.50-inch bore, 4.25-inch stroke and 4.840-inch bore spacing. Eagle 6.535-inch H-beam rods, forged crank and 10-to-1 forged pistons are utilized. The roller-cammed engine is topped off with a Cross-Ram fuel injection system custom-built by Jim Kinsler for the SuperCoupe. Polished alloy Motion-badged valve covers are rare original NOS parts.

Powertrain details include a specially-prepared Tremec TKO five-speed and a fully-independent rear with a Dana 44 Posi and hardened steel high-torque axles. Suspension is four-wheel independent with polished unequal length control arms and toe-in control links and fully adjustable coil-over shocks and sway bars. Steering is rack and pinion.

Stopping power is supplied by Motion signature Baer Claw Extreme-Plus brakes with forged six-piston Sport calipers and 14-inch cross-drilled rotors front and rear. The SuperCoupe rides on Motion-inspired Bonspeed wheels.

The SuperCoupe’s interior is completely hand-crafted and features a pair of unique Baldwin-Motion-logo, leather-upholstered six-way power seats, signature gauges, Hot Rod Air and hand formed dash and center and overhead consoles. Plus the latest sound and electronic entertainment systems from Sony.

In addition to custom, limited-edition Baldwin-Motion supercars like the SuperCoupe, Motion will develop a line of branded high-performance products. The very first customer cars are being rolled out in mid-2006.

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In Detail

engine Aluminum Motion/Merlin V8 w/Eagle Specialties 4340 Crank & Contecting Rods,
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
fuel feed Custom-built Kinsler Cross-Ram Injection
displacement 8849 cc / 540 in³
bore 114.3 mm / 4.5 in
compression 10.0:1
power 522.0 kw / 700 bhp
specific output 79.1 bhp per litre
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/Dana 44 Posi
wheel type Bonspeed Intense Wheels
front tires Michelin Pilot Sport 265 x 35 x 18
rear tires Michelin Pilot Sport 265 x 25 x 20
front brakes Baer Claw Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
f brake size x 356 mm / x 14 in
rear brakes Baer Claw Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
r brake size x 356 mm / x 14 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18 x 10 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 30.5 cm / 20 x 12 in
steering Ididit Rack & Pinion
f suspension Unequal Control Arms w/Adj NT Motorsports Coil over Shocks, ustom-built Time Machines Sway Bar
r suspension Fully Indpendant w/Adj Coil over Shocks, ustom-built Time Machines Sway Bar
transmission Modified Tremec TKO600 5-speed transmission
gear ratios :1

Auction Sales History


2005 Baldwin-Motion Camaro 540 SuperCoupe

2005 Baldwin-Motion Camaro 540 SuperCoupe – sold for $275,000

Fully documented and hand signed by Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen, this prototype (#01) Baldwin-Motion SuperCoupe won the General Motors 2005 SEMA Design Award as “Best GM Vehicle”. The two-seat Baldwin-Motion SuperCoupe is powered by an all aluminum 540cid Merlin/Motion big block with a Kinsler Cross Ram Fuel Injection, set back 13″ on a proprietary 2×3″ tubular steel chassis. Power is transmitted to the independent rear fitted with hardened steel high-torque axles and a DANA 44 posi-traction center section via a Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission.

The backbone/spine chassis runs through the console and is welded to the body, resulting in an incredibly rigid platform. Suspension is 4-wheel independent with polished unequal length control arms, toe-in control links. For maximum stopping power, car is equipped with 4-wheel Baer Claw Extreme-plus 6-piston disc brakes. Engraved with the Motion logo, 14″ reverse cross-drilled rotors and unique cooling vents and ducts.

The lowered and fully tubbed SuperCoupe, coach built by Phil Somers, also features Hot Rod air conditioning, custom interior with 6-way power seats, hand built dash and console and overhead console, hand crafted L88 style all steel hood, custom steel body panels, motion influenced, bonspeed alloy wheels, complete state of the art Sony sound system including a high resolution camera for rear view safety, and striping and badging in the Baldwin-Motion tradition. From the Ron Pratte Collection.

Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction