When GM revealed the Mako Shark II concept car in 1965, many Corvette fans expected much of the dramatic styling to make its way to the next generation Corvette. While the concept did influence the ’68 Corvette’s design, it was very conservative compared to the concept. For John Silva, the design lacked much of the appeal of the original concept car, so he created his own Mako. With the help of Joel Rosen at Baldwin-Motion, his design would come to life as the Motion Maco Shark. This 1968 Motion Maco Shark has been parked in a rural barn for the past 30 or so years, but is headed to the auction block next month at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction.
Most Maco’s were owner installed body kits, but one could order a complete car from Motion. This one appears to be one of the cars built by Motion and has exceptional fit and finish. It is powered by its original 390 hp 427 cui V8, which has a few Motion parts on it. Motion was known for its high performance Corvette modifications, but sadly this one wasn’t order with all the bells and whistles.
This Maco looks to be in good condition and has only seen 50,000 miles since new. The auction preview doesn’t offer much information about its history, but hopefully the previous owner can shed some light on it. The Scottsdale Auction is always a great way to kick off a new year and it should be a fantastic chance to see a wide variety of cars. If you’re in the area January 13th-20th, stop by and check it out.