Automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen blogs about ZORA’S MID-ENGINE XP-882 CORVETTE on CollierMedia. Decades before the C8 Corvette, Duntov had created multiple mid-engined Corvette prototypes. The XP-882 was the most developed and the most potential to have spawned a production mid-engined Corvette in the 1970s. It was not to be. In response to Ford’s “Total Performance” of the 1960s, Zora Duntov, right, and his team produced the XP-882, the most menacing mid-engined Corvette to date....Read More
DUNTOV’S DREAM: MID-ENGINE CORVETTES
Chevrolet has come a long way – actually 67 years - since Zora Arkus-Duntov built the first mid/rear-engine Corvette. That was in 1953 when #856 EX-54’s stock Six was removed and the body and chassis modified to accommodate a prototype Cadet II engine and transaxle. Unfortunately that car is long gone, but the Matunes showcase the modern Corvette transformation from front to mid-engine, culminating with the incredible C8. Zora saw the future in the past. Recalling the pre-war Auto Union GP cars,...Read More
ZORA DUNTOV & MID-ENGINE CORVETTE MYSTIQUE!
Ken Kayser’s latest tome - Corvette Legend Or Myth & Zora’s Marque of Excellence, Volume II, Zora’s Fabulous Mid-Ship Corvette History - is actually a 750-page, portable Corvette research library. If you consider yourself a Corvette aficionado and/or a student of American automotive history, your bookshelf should have Corvette-centric published works penned by Kenneth W. Kayser. A retired GM engineer, Kayser spent years at the Tonawanda Engine Plant (think big-blocks, L88, ZL1, etc) and la...Read More