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A car tested by history, the Corvette has been tested by time, and by the racing history of its lineage, this car has certainly stood the test of every test it has been put through, oh yeah, it had its downtime. that was called the 1980s for the Corvette, and many people wondered if it would come back, it could be said that it has done just that.
Every car goes through its rough patches, design flaws and overhauls, the Corvette is one of the best examples of longevity any car company has ever seen, usually sports cars and muscle cars come and go, but the Corvette has never gone anywhere. however, it seems to continue to stand the test of time and evolve into an ever better car.
You might say, what about the Mustang? While you brag about cars that stand the test of time, the Corvette came out eleven years before the Mustang, just to put that theory to rest, the Mustang was introduced to compete with the Corvette, and the Corvette was simply better because in the In most aspects, handling, power, and most other tests it went through outperformed the Mustang.
The Corvette has had a fantastic history. The Chevrolet motor company, in 1953, Chevrolet hired Zora Arkus Duntov to design the Corvette, and he did it, he was the lead engineer on the Corvette project, and he got it to do some amazing things, it would continue to keep people amazing up to the latest model.
Zora joined General Motors in 1953 after seeing the Motorama Corvette on display in New York. Maybe it was just fate that Zora was among the thousands of people who attended the GM event. Zora found the car visually excellent, but she was disappointed with what lay underneath. She wrote to Chevrolet chief engineer Ed Cole that she would be her complement to work on such a beautiful car; she also included a technical paper, which proposed an analytical method to determine the maximum speed of a car. Chevrolet was so impressed that engineer Maurice Olley invited him to come to Detroit. On May 1, 1953, Zora Arkus-Duntov started working at Chevrolet as an assistant plant engineer.
In 1963 Zora would launch the Gran Sport program. The original idea captured the interest and imagination of Corvette fans around the world. The idea was to create a special lightweight Corvette that would weigh just 1,800 pounds and compete on an international circuit not only against Cobras and other GT-Class cars, but also against prototypes from Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche. Power for the Grand Sport would come from an aluminum version of the small-block V8, fitted with special twin-spark cylinder heads. At 377ci, output was a projected 550 hp at 6400 RPM. But as so often, GM policy barred the Zora from racing, but not before five Grand Sports had been built. All five Grand Sports eventually fell into the hands of private owners and Zora somehow found a way to support them despite the official ban.
Zora retired in 1975, handing the reins over to Dave McLellan. At 81 years of age, Zora Arkus-Duntov was still passionate and opinionated about his car, the Corvette. It was during the time between Zora’s retirement and his death that the legend of him grew. Whenever there was a Corvette thing going on, Zora was there. A member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Chevrolet Performance Legends, and Automotive Hall of Fame, Zora participated in the launch of the 1 millionth Corvette at Bowling Green in 1992. He also drove the bulldozer at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the National Corvette Museum in 1994. Six weeks before his death, Zora was a guest speaker at “Corvette: A Celebration of an American Dream,” an evening held at the Jack Cauley Chevrolet Detroit showrooms. Dave McLellen and Current Corvette chief engineer Dave Hill were there that night, but no one could argue that Zora stole the show.
In 1966 Chevrolet had a brain explosion and built a beast called the L88 Corvette which had a factory HP rating of 435 which was a very low rating the car was closer to 600 HP in 1967 the Corvette made it would do one more time. prove his worth by winning the 24 hours of Lemans, against Porsche and Ferrari, this time he would gain worldwide recognition and become a real player in the world of sports cars, USA was finally with the big boys. The Corvette had made quite an impression in the racing world.
This car could hold its own with the best the Europeans had to offer, it would boost sales through the roof for Chevrolet, it had been successful beyond Chevrolet’s wildest dreams, and it qualified in two categories: it was a sports car and a muscle car. car, the Corvette had done what no other American car had done before, the Corvette L88 was truly a car to behold.
And this was not the end of the amazing feats of this very special car, in 1969 a slip up would occur at the Chevrolet manufacturing plant, at the time when they were building two very special cars for a couple of the big wigs of Chevrolet motor . division, these cars were never supposed to be released to the general public, they were built to campaign on the race track and were actually race cars, not street cars.
The slip would allow these two cars to come out of the plant and be sold at two of Chevrolet’s showrooms, I don’t know what showrooms they were, but these cars were called ZL1 Corvettes, and there was a white built and a Saturn. the yellow, the yellow was auctioned off after the government seized it in a drug bust, it sold for $500,000 at auction.
The Zl1 Corvette was rated at 450 HP from the factory, but estimates put it closer to an honest 670 HP, making this car the highest powered car ever built during that time and as you can imagine these cars are worth a lot of money. Today, if I could find one, it came from the factory with a roll bar and many other racing outfits, due to the fact that they were meant for racing.