Corvette historian and illustrator Scott Teeters blogs about the men who made the Corvette America’s Sports Car. This is part 1 of a series: CORVETTE CHIEFS: ZORA ARKUS-DUNTOV.
Duntov carried the heart and soul of the Corvette into racing and created an American legend. Arguably, there had never been a chief engineer of an American car the likes of Zora Arkus-Duntov. When Duntov was hired to work at Chevrolet on May 1, 1953, the 43-year-old European-trained engineer brought a background that made him uniquely qualified to become Corvette’s first Chief Engineer. As a young man, Duntov was into boxing, motorcycles, fast cars and pretty girls.
After his formal engineering training in Berlin, Germany, Duntov started racing cars and applying his engineering skills to racecar construction. In 1935 Duntov built his first racecar with help from his racing partner Asia Orley; the called the car, “Arkus”.
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