While at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando last week, we overheard rumblings that '60s supercar builder Joel Rosen was inking a two-year deal to build fully-sanctioned Motion Performance edition fifth-gen Camaros. Today, they were confirmed. Rosen, who partnered with the now-defunct Baldwin Chevrolet in Long Island to produce some of the hairiest machines during the first muscle car era, is working with a new Chevy dealership to produce five versions of the 2011 and 2012 Camaro, and they will embody the spirit of the original Baldwin-Motion cars.
According to our source, the cars will be available with LS7 and LSX454 power and a supercharged version is in the works. No renderings were available, but we are told all will bear paint, emblems and trim that make them instantly recognizable as part of the Motion family. All will be signed and documented by Rosen. Documented Motion Performance cars from the '60s and early '70s are among the most sought-after and valuable collector vehicles from this time period.
"This is as close as possible to the original program from the '60s and '70s," said our source, who asked not to be identified. "It's going to be available only from one dealer. The cars are going to use a proven combination of GM Performance Parts equipment and SS and Phase III trim."
The five levels range from wild to insane, according to our source. They breakdown like this:
- An SS427 with an LS7 and 525 horsepower.
- Phase III 427 with 600 horsepower.
- 454SS with 550 horsepower
- Phase III 454. No horsepower rating yet, but "enough torque to pull stumps."
- Phase III 427 SC with 800-horsepower and a Roots-style supercharger.
Rosen is looking at options that can bring this last model to 1,000 horsepower or more. Price will be reasonable for the power and package provided, our source told us and once the paperwork is signed, the dealership will be announced and orders will be taken (think after January 1).
The first car, a Synergy Green Phase III 427 SC, will be built for Rosen himself. It'll be packing 850 horsepower and have "distinctive Motion styling cues." Construction is supposed to begin later this week.
Each car will be built to order, with production based on what the market will bear. No pricing was available yet, but if we had to guess, we'd imagine an SS427 would start in the under $80,000 range.
As more information becomes available, we'll be posting it here on www.superchevy.com