Filed under: 1981 MOTION Built Corvette (eletricBlue)
By Martyn L. Schorr
Purchased from the original owner's family in 2008, Adam Tuckman's 1971 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette is believed to be the most highly optioned, documented and original GT built. Between 1969 and 1971, Joel Rosen built just 12 GT's!
On June 3, 1971, Dr. Henry Rollings took delivery of his air conditioned, 500-plus horsepower, 1971 Phase III GT from Joel Rosen at Motion Performance in Baldwin, New York. Power was supplied by a blueprinted and balanced 454 big-block built to LS-7 specifications and fitted with Phase III cam and valve train, open chamber ZL-1 aluminum heads, headers and an 850 cfm Holley 4-barrel. Backing up the potent Phase III engine; A massaged M40 Turbo Hydramatic, Hone overdrive and a 4.88 Posi rear. Creature comforts include a custom interior and stereo system and numerous factory power options.
Dr. Rollings paid his bill, ($16,283.00), hopped into the GT's plush interior and drove home to Savannah, GA! Between 1971 and 1989, the colorful Internist who owned and piloted vintage World War II aircraft, used his Phase III GT for making house calls, towing his Jaguar E-Type SCCA race cars and high speed touring. He put more than 31,000 trouble-free miles on his unique Corvette Supercar. In 1989, he gifted his GT to his daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Don Glasser. Dr. Rollings passed away in 2003.
“Dr. Rollings owned imported exotics, raced sports cars and flew restored Warbirds. Once he took a test ride in a 1970 GT that we had just finished for a customer, he was hooked,” said Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen. Documented by Joel Rosen for the Glassers in 2003 and again for Adam Tuckman in 2008, it is the most highly optioned Phase III GT built. Other than being repainted in the 1980's, it is the most original GT known.
Dr. Rollings GT is being restored by John Waleck, who restored Joel Rosen's yellow Phase III GT now owned by Dan McMichael. Gary “The Local Brush” Kupfer originally striped and trimmed Dr. Rollings GT in 1971 and will apply the finishing touches to the GT prior to its public debut at the MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS in Chicago on November 21-22, 2009.
Special Thanks to Marty Schorr, formerly of Motion Performance and now PMPR, Inc. for writing this article. We are honored to have Mr. Tuckman debut this significant Supercar at the Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. The photo's shown are of the car in as purchased condition in 2008.
------original posted on yenko.net >christopher s.
am happy to announce the launch of a new All Indoor Muscle Car, Supercar, and Corvette show in the Chicago area.
The Nickey Chicago Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals will take place November 21-22, 2009 in Rosemont, (greater Chicago), Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention
Center. This location is about 5 minutes from the O'Hare Airport.
The show will have close to 400,000 square feet filled with the country's finest Muscle Cars and Collector Cars and vendors. The show will offer Concours style judging for restored and original cars and the more casual Street Stock classes
along with a wide variety of "Pick" awards.
Of special interest is our "Nickey Chicago vs. Mr. Norms Showcase". This very special gathering will feature the very best Original, Documented cars from Nickey and Mr. Norms, from both "back in the day" and also the new modern releases.
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