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Revell-Monogram Baldwin Motion 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

January 2003
Balwin Motion 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
Revell-Monogram No. 2383
Model Type: 1/25 scale plastic model kit
Molded Colors: White, black, chrome-plated, clear, translucent red
MSRP: $14.95
Pros: Accurate and well-detailed body, American Racing mag wheels with valve stems
Cons: Too-tall tires, stock L-71 intake setup
Baldwin Motion 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
The decal stripes went on very well and look good on our Monaco Orange model; however, the accuracy of the rear deck graphics is debatable, and we were unable to find similar striping in any of our references.
Performance spoken here - guaranteed performance. That was the rule when Baldwin Chevrolet of New York and Joel Rosen's Motion Performance company joined forces to build and sell Baldwin Motion supercars.

Baldwin Motion built its cars to achieve the quarter-mile elapsed times a customer wanted to turn. This performance was guaranteed. If a buyer reported that a car failed to meet pre-purchase projections, a professional driver would be sent to check the car and dial it in, or the purchase price would be refunded. No Baldwin Motion car ever had to be bought back.

During the venture's history, Baldwin Motion produced enhanced versions of many Chevrolets, including the Impala, Biscayne, Camaro, Chevelle, Corvette, and Chevy II - even a Vega. Other dealers, such as Scuncio Chevrolet, Yenko Chevrolet, Mickey Chevrolet, Berger Chevrolet, Fred Gibb Chevrolet, and Dana Chevrolet offered similar pumped-up performance packages, but there was something very special about the combination of unique graphics and performance modifications that went into Baldwin Motion's cars.

Buyers could order Baldwin Motion cars from Baldwin Chevrolet or Motion Performance, but all of the cars were delivered via Baldwin Chevrolet. Motion Performance was responsible for making the specified modifications.

Launched in 1966, by '68 Baldwin Motion was the second-largest producer of hyper-tuned supercars. Motion Performance continued building supercars until the late '70s. In all, the company built between 300 and 500 cars, but only Joel Rosen and his wife know the exact number of cars that were constructed and what models received the Baldwin Motion treatment.
The kit's engine comes with a factory L71 big-block intake system.
With its emphasis on power and speed, the restyled 1968 Corvette was an ideal recipient for Baldwin Motion's attention. Each Baldwin Motion Phase III 1969 Corvette started out as a fresh-from-the-factory L71 car, equipped with the 435 hp, 427 cid, big-block V-8. Motion Performance then balanced and blueprinted the engine before fitting high-compression pistons and a high-lift cam. The stock intake manifold was replaced with a high-rise unit carrying a huge three-barrel Holley carb and low-restriction air cleaner. Exhaust headers and sidepipes were added, as well as Phase III ignition and dual electric fuel pumps. Other additions included a quick-fill gas cap and a special, trademarked Baldwin Motion stripe package. References indicate that 12 Baldwin Motion Phase III Corvettes were built, and five are known to still exist. The base price for a Baldwin Motion Corvette was $7672. Outlandish for the time, the price reflected the car's performance potential. As delivered, most Baldwin Motion Corvettes pumped out more than 500 hp.

Revell's recently reissued 1/25 scale 1969 Baldwin Motion Corvette has well-done body detailing, and good-looking proportions, but to my eye, the assembled model sits a little too tall. Our sample model was very easy to assemble, and all of the parts fit together well.

This is an excellent kit to build, but it does have a couple of shortcomings. It was easy to find reference information for this car, and my research revealed a couple of detail variations from the full-scale Baldwin Motion Phase III cars. The kit's triangular intake manifold, carburetor, and air cleaner are incorrect for a Phase III car, which had a nearly flat, circular low-rise air cleaner atop its unique Holley three-barrel carb. The white stripes that are included on the decal sheet don't exactly match any of my references for a standard 1969 Baldwin Motion stripe package. To depict a standard car, the stripe package would have to be masked and painted, or you could pick up a set of Keith Marks decals on eBay.
Revell's Baldwin Motion Vette includes some of the finest American Racing mag wheels ever to be modeled in 1/25 scale. Lowered profile skins would improve the model's stance, though.
The American Racing mag wheels are some of the best ever made, but the tires that come in the kit have a high profile and make the completed model look like it's sitting too high. Tucking the frame in closer to the body would lower the model's stance and bring the tires closer to the fender lines.

The model's hood pins snapped right into place, but the opening hood sits a little too high in its opening.

I built our review model box-stock and painted it Monaco Orange. Based on my research, Baldwin Motion cars could be ordered in any of the stock body and interior color combinations.

Correcting a couple of minor details and adding lower-profile tires will only improve a model that's already a beautiful member of any collection, especially if your tastes run toward aftermarket supercars from the golden age of American muscle.


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