Zora Arkus-Duntov
Zora Arkus-Duntov
Category: Sports Cars
CLASS OF: 2023
BORN: December 25, 1909
DIED: April 21, 1996
BIRTHPLACE: Brussels, Belgium

• Iconic GM designer, engineer & innovator
• Turned the Corvette into America’s sports car
• The force behind Corvette racing success
• Built Corvette SS, Grand Sport, CERV I & II
• As a driver, won class at Le Mans in 1954 & 1955
• Set driving records at Pikes Peak and Daytona Beach


Though technically not the father of the Corvette (the first cars predated his arrival at GM), Duntov is the man who turned Corvette into a force in racing despite continuous opposition from upper management. Because of Duntov, Corvettes raced and won at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, captured countless sports car racing and drag racing national championships and set numerous speed records. He built the Corvette SS and Corvette Grand Sport, and influential CERV I and II racing research vehicles. Trained at the Technical University of Berlin, he was a talented driver, winning his class at Le Mans two years running (1954-55), and set records at Pikes Peak and Daytona. Coming to America in the early ‘40s, he and brother Yura designed and marketed the legendary Ardun OHV heads for Ford flathead engines, still used by racers today. Inducted into almost every Hall of Fame you can imagine, it’s a sign of his enduring legacy that a hypercar version of the C8 Corvette is rumored to be called the Zora.

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