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Old 07-30-2015, 05:22 PM   #8506  
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OK - I know what you are thinking . . . Did he fire 6 shots . . . . . OOPS!

Why post photos of a house on a Muscle Car thread? This is the house that Zora Arkus-Duntov owned in Grosse Pointe, MI while he was working for Chevrolet developing the Corvette to be the premier US made sports car and champion of the big block engine.

Zora drove many of the test cars he built back and forth to work to see how they operated in "normal" driving circumstances. Would have loved to been a neighbor!

It's for sale - $299,000. And the current owner is going to make a bundle on it because 3 years ago, before the recovery started, he bought the house for $125,000




Zora's first project for the Corvette was to develop the mechanical fuel injection scheduled for the 1957 Corvette




In 1957 he became Chevrolet's director of high performance - his first official title at GM. His only failing IMO, was his hatred of the 1963 Split Window Coupe and went toe-to-toe with Bill Mitchell about the impaired rear visibility (Zora gave in - to having it a one year only styling cue) and he despised the prodigious aerodynamic lift in the 1963/Mid year Corvettes which I can attest to personally - after 70 MPH the front of the car starts to lift. The only way to combat this is to install super heavy duty front springs which cause the car to ride like a truck at low speeds. Zora designed the frame (which was so good it lasted from 1963 to 1982) while Mitchell designed the body.The issue was never fully resolved until the 1968 model whose styling came from Mitchell's more aerodynamic 1965 Mako Shark.

Arkus-Duntov did score major wins with engineering advancements such as stiffer frames, independent rear suspension, and disc brakes. Power and performance climbed thanks to fuel injection (360/375 HP), multiple carburetors (2x4 283 & 409 and 3x2 427), large V8s (Mark IV 396/427/454), and tougher four-speed transmissions (M22). The second-generation Corvettes he masterminded (1963 -) not only sold well, they earned GM profits. (GM was seriously considering dropping the Corvette after the 1962 model year. Sales went from 14,531 in 1962 to 21,513 in 1963 and steadily climbed to 38,762 in 1969)

Zora Arkus-Duntov's only true failure at Chevrolet was that he was never able to convince management that the Corvette should be a mid engine car:

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Old 07-31-2015, 06:42 AM   #8508  
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Lot #1280 - 426cid HEMI with automatic transmission. Plum Crazy exterior with black leather interior. One of 59 HEMI RT/SE's and 37 automatics. Over head console, magazine and commercial used in 1996 Bars Leak "Cars Over Time" commercial and 2007 Chrysler Dodge "It's On" commercial. Matching numbers, 4.10 DANA Super Track Pack and Build Sheet. 25,902 original miles.
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1969 Swinger 340 - Special Order Paint: Butterscotch




Butterscotch/Bahama Yellow would become a regular color option on the 1969 A12 Super Bee


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Did you know . . .

Ford's first true high performance engine was the 1960 352/360 HP "Thunderbird 352 Super V8"


A one year only engine introduced in December 1959 it featured an aluminum 4bbl intake manifold, A Holley 4160 Carburetor, cast iron "header" style exhaust manifolds, 10.6:1 compression ratio, solid lifter valve train and open element air cleaner.














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Did you know . . .

The least popular 1969 Nova SS was the L34 396/350 HP with only 1947 made. Then came the L78 with 4951 and finally the standard L48 350/300 with 10,356 (same for 1970). The L34 was priced at $190 while the L78 was $316. This was on top of the $280 for the Nova SS option which included the L48. These were substantially lower than the 1968 prices: $369 for the L34 and $500 for the L78.





It is interesting to note that the cost of the M40 TH400 was $190 for either the L34 or the L48 but increased to $290 if ordered with the L78. The cost of the M20/M21 4 speed was $185.

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Did you know . . .

If you ordered Rally I wheels for your 1966 GTO, the brake drums were painted red.






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Did you know . . .

The 1964 GTO's engine callout emblems stated 6 . 5 litre but the actual displacement of the 389 was only 6.37 litre. It wasn't until 1967 when displacement was increased to 400 CI did the emblem match the engine: 6.55 litre.




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When the 1964 GTO debuted, it was only available in the pillared coupe and convertible body styles. It wasn't until late November 1963 it was offered on the hardtop. More than 56% of 1964 Pontiac GTOs were hardtops.









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