163-MPH in a 1954 Corvette on skinny tires!
This car was completely restored and went up for auction in May ‘09 at the Mecum annual Spring Classic sale. This one-of-a-kind piece of Corvette history sold for a modest $328,600.
The next time you blip the throttle of your fire breathing Vette or have some spirited driving fun with an onramp, say a quiet little “Thank you” to the man who made it all possible. Just a few words; “Thanks Zora!” or “Thanks you, Mr. Duntov!” Not that Zora Arkus-Duntov single-handedly worked out every detail of every Corvette ever made, that’s not want I mean. Zora put FIRE into the Corvette.
In what can only be described as a once in a lifetime event, Russian immigrant and big-time car guy, Zora Duntov attended Harley Earl’s 1953 Motorama, when he happened upon what he later described as “… the most beautiful car I had ever seen.” Yes, the stunning good-looks of Harley Earl’s beauty queen, “Corvette” show car stopped the pragmatic engineer dead in his tracks. But Zora was no stranger to beauty, just have a look at the drop-dead gorgeous lady he married – Elfi Duntov. Earl’s Corvette lit a fire in Zora and it wasn’t long before he was hired by GM’s Ed Cole.