• 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta Ray GT - The Definition of Rare

this 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta-Ray GT, which is one of only three cars customized by Baldwin-Motion

The Chevrolet Corvette was always a beautiful car, but sometimes what comes out of the factory isn’t exclusive enough. In the 1970s, many C3 Corvettes were subjected to various enhancements, making them even more unique. It was the era of flared fenders, flashy wheels, catchy graphics, and a complete lack of subtlety. One such example is this 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta-Ray GT, which is one of only three cars customized by Baldwin-Motion.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta Ray GT - The Definition of Rare Exterior
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This bright red 1973 “Coca Cola” Corvette isn’t just a simple bolt-on situation. Most of the body is unique to the Manta Ray GT.

A total of 14 changes were made to the original Corvette design, among which is a new front fascia, featuring new round headlights.

You also get the bright red over black paint job, custom wheels, ducktail spoiler, and side exhausts, among other things.

The car also goes with an Authenticity letter from Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen – the founder of Motion Performance – who made a name for himself in the 1970s as a drag-racer and hot-rodder. The car also has his autographs on the center console and T-tops. Motion Performance was founded over 50 years ago and has since established itself as an aftermarket empire. Motion Performance was also one of the first American aftermarket companies, starting the GT program in 1969.

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Motion Manta Ray GT - The Definition of Rare Drivetrain
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The one of three Corvette Motion Manta-Ray GT also has a tuned 350 cubic-inch (5.7-liter) smallblock V-8, now producing 475 horsepower – 75 more than the stock car. The red on black “Vette” also features a beefier Turbo 400 Hyrdo-Matic transmission.

Out of the three Motion Manta Ray GT cars made, this is believed to be the only one still in existence.

The car was last auctioned off in July 2016, for $100,000. Without a doubt, a bargain price for this one-off professionally-enhanced American icon.

Source: Mecum

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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