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 History Of The Chevrolet Camaro

The Other Baldwin Brother 

Originally on: http://cars.dozer.com/features/camaro_history/camaro_history.html

By tigeraid

The *Other* Baldwin Brother

Certainly Yenko's success as a car tuner is legendary, but then so is Joel Rosen's. "Mr. Motion" was the head of Baldwin-Motion Performance in Long Island, New York, tuner of high performance Chevrolets. The shop begin in the 50s as a modest repair garage, until the 60s when Josen began a successful racing career. By this time he was already super-tuning Chevelles, Chevy II's and Corvettes, but the Camaro in 1967 caught his eye as something special. Thus he convinced Dave Bean and Ed Simonin, owners of of the Baldwin Chevrolet dealership, to sell his exclusive Camaro Supercars. He too shoved beastly bigblocks in Camaros and modified them for insane performance, but Rosen had a more wild side to his tuning. Thus was born the first of many Baldwin-Motion Camaros, the Phase III. From 1967 to 1969, instead of ordering the COPO 9561 package and adding a few goodies, Baldwin-Motion ordered both iron 427s and L88 427s and rebuilt them in their own shops, then bolted it under the hood. These 427s were more brutal than even Don Yenko's, producing over 500 horsepower. These awesome bigblocks combined with Baldwin-Motion's patented "Super-Bite Suspension" easily backed up their claim that the Phase III was "guarenteed to turn 129 mph in 11.50 seconds or better with an M/P-approved driver..."

This nearly-unbeatable performance was backed up by an eye-catching styling package. Baldwin-Motion Camaros were offered with a variety of fully-functional cowl induction hoods patterned after 427 Corvettes. In addition they could be had with a modified rear spoiler and even sidepipes to let everyone know when you were coming down the street... from 4 blocks away. This combined with wild hockey-stick shaped stripes running down the front fenders, as well as optional stripes up the hood, roof and sides of the rear quarter-panels not only got people's attention--it smacked them around and demanded to be noticed.

Like Don Yenko, Joel Rosen continued to make monster performance cars for many years, but he's arguably remembered most for the Camaros, produced on into the 70s (as pictured at the top of the page), using 454 bigblock as well. And it's no wonder... if you managed to get your hands on a Phase III, there was nothing that could touch you, and everyone knew it.


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