1968 Chevrolet Corvette - Motion's Mail-Order Masterpiece

The Motion Corvette Phenomena

Tom Shaw Jul 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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Up Front: Fixed headlights give the car a unique look.

After a year-long restoration, the Corvette was ready for roll-out. The engine was balanced and blueprinted. The stock heads were retained and were not cut for larger valves. A mild porting and polishing job and a high-lift solid-lifter cam were retained, as was the Edelbrock Torker intake. Rockers are the stock stamped-steel units.

Body mods-fixed headlights, flared fenders, big scooped hood, reverse gills, pop-open quick-fill gas cap, chrome sidepipes, and the rear stripe-all speak of Motion's essential styling cues. The interior is basically stock and was in a lot better shape than the rest of the car, even so it was freshened up with seat covers, door panels, and carpet.

The Muncie M21 tranny is original to the car, and the Hurst shifter and line lock make shifting a breeze. Stout 4.56:1 gears make sure that getting off the line is not a problem. "It's just raw, brutal power," says Jamie. "With any big-block, you've always got power, but it really comes on at about 3,500-4,000 rpm. I've got an MSD ignition box under the dash, and I keep a 6,400-rpm rev limiter "pill" in it just to protect the motor, but that motor revs so hard and so fast in the upper rpm that I get into the rev limiter just about every time. The car revs unbelievably. It'll pull to 7,000 rpm with no problem at all." It was sold new without power steering or power brakes-that's why it can get away with such a radical cam. it also doesn't have a vacuum headlight system. Jamie doesn't mind calling upon that power when it's time for some fun.

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"Any car with genuine Motion heritage is valuable, but the value of this car is not as crazy as the others," Jamie points out, "because it wasn't built at the Motion shop. I've got the luxury of being able to get this one out and race it ever so often. The best I've done is 11.7-it'll run what they guarantee. If I can drive it to 11.7, it's probably a sub-11.5 car. Sixty-foot times are in the 1.7 to 1.8 range. I've got pictures of it where it looks like if the front wheels aren't off the ground, you could slide a piece of paper under them." Even with DOT sticky tires, the Corvette is still spinning at the line. Jamie knows that the spinning wheels are costing at least a couple tenths, but he's wary of too much traction, which can lead to bent half-shafts and that type of thing. For 40-year-old technology and an amateur driver, the car does pretty well.

Jamie decided he didn't want to make any further mods to the car. "I wanted to be true to what the car was. I've always been leery of anybody thinking I'm trying to misrepresent this car. It is what it is, and I tried to make it as nice as I could, but I didn't want to embellish the car any."

Future plans are for Jamie to simply enjoy his car. He says, "I love the car. It's taken me a lot of places, and I've made a lot of new friends because of it. It's really been a joy to own it."

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