Zora Arkus-Duntov - The Life And Fast Times Of Mr. Corvette

Zora Arkus-Duntov - The Life And Fast Times Of Mr. Corvette


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It was not a case of a fascinating car making a man famous. It was a case of a fascinating man making a car famous. When Zora Arkus-Duntov saw the Corvette on display at the 1953 GM Motorama, it did not have all it needed to be a great automobile. However, the Belgian-born engineer knew that he could make it a great car and he suggested that in the letter he sent to Chevrolet. That he got to make that happen changed automotive history.

"While commonly credited as the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov was none of the sort," wrote Jerry Burton in Corvette: America's Sports Car Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. "That distinction belongs to Harley Earl. But Arkus-Duntov is the car's patron saint, based on his impact in making the Corvette a true sports car and not just a sexy show car."

Ed Cole


Published Dec 7th, 2015
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