1972 Motion Moray GT Corvette - Motion Slickness

Dan Hayes' Ultra-Rare Eel Oozes Tuner-Car Cachet

Chris Endres Jul 13, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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Another eBay score, the original-style American Turbine wheels required no small amount of work to be brought to this pristine condition.

The interior is almost completely original, except for the front portion of carpeting, which was replaced at some point in the car's 30-plus years of existence. The original diamond-tufted vinyl is still in place on the seats, center console, doors, and T-top. "All it needed was a good cleaning," says Hayes. "It has held up remarkably well."

Relatively little is known about the big-block's innards. Hayes has understandably been reluctant to tear into the still-strong 454 just to satisfy his-and more than a few others'-curiosity. What he does know is that the block and transmission are correct and that their numbers match the body.

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Lucky eBay-er Dan Hayes poses with his catch. The Moray GT is the rarest of Motion's pelagic performers.

Prior to being handed over to Motion, the car was an original 454/4-speed. It now wears a pair of 427 cylinder heads that are believed to have been installed by the tuner, but the mods performed to these remain a mystery. They are capped by Motion's signature finned aluminum valve covers. The valvetrain is mostly unknown, but Hayes tells us there are roller rockers and a roller cam in place. The camshaft's specs, as you might expect, are also unknown. The aluminum GM manifold wears a single Holley 750 and a "Fly Eye" Motion air cleaner. The ignition remains stock, while Hooker headers and side pipes are in charge of exhaust duties. During the restoration, Jimmy Voyles pulled the engine to detail and tune to perfection.

Oddly for a Motion car, this vehicle was never originally named by Rosen. After the car was complete, it became clear that a snappier handle than "1972 Motion Conversion Corvette" was needed. So, sticking close to his prior oceangoing themes of Maco, Manta, and Stinger, Rosen settled upon Moray GT.

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In the past few months since the car has been completed, Hayes has made perhaps half a dozen half-hearted dragstrip passes, most of them in the low 13s at over 100 mph. His insurance underwriter understandably frowns on normal street usage, so most of the Moray's jaunts are limited to parades, shows, and Motion Supercar reunions.

Hayes was initially caught off guard by the uproar caused by the car. "It is amazing to me how a car like this will take you from being a nobody to having people calling you from all around the world. This car makes me feel like a celebrity." Enjoy the notoriety, Dan, as this car is bound to get you noticed for a long time to come.

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