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1989 Chevrolet Corvette

Offered Without Reserve

Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder, January 18th – 22nd, 2012 at Russo and Steele's 12th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

GM produced a total of 26,412 Corvettes for the 1989 model year. Only 9,749 were Convertibles.

One and only one of these Corvettes was was owned and driven by the Legendary and Iconic Zora Arkus -Duntov, himself!

This is Zora's Corvette.

Zora's Corvette is Bright Red with Red leather interior. Also, it was one of only 1,573 Corvettes to be ordered with a hard top in 1989. The last time a Hard Top was available on a Corvette prior to this was 1975. It also has a white soft top which appears to have never been used.

The car is a well equipped automatic with only 35,500 original miles. Most of these miles were put on by Zora himself. It is original and unrestored and is a great candidate for Bloomington Gold Survivor judging. This Corvette is in amazing condition.

While Zora did not design the first Corvette he was the Corvette's first Chief engineer and a great deal of what we love about the American sports car has been directly as well as indirectly influence by him.

He has been christened the "Godfather of the Corvette".

He had a very influential and prominent career with GM until "he retired in 1975,at the age of 65, relinquishing command to Dave McLellan. Zora Arkus-Duntov was still passionate and opinionated about the Corvette. During the time between Zora's retirement and death his legend continued to grow.

Whenever anything Corvette happened, Zora was there. A member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame, the Chevrolet Legends of Performance, and the Automotive Hall of Fame, Zora took part in the rollout of the 1 Millionth Corvette at Bowling Green in 1992. He also drove the bulldozer at the ground breaking ceremonies for the National Corvette Museum on June 5, 1992. Six weeks before his death, Zora was guest speaker at "Corvette: A Celebration of an American Dream", an evening held at the showrooms of Jack Cauley Chevrolet Detroit. On hand that night were Dave McLellan and his successor as Corvette chief engineer, Dave Hill, but no one could argue that Zora stole the show."

"This 1989 Corvette convertible is immediately identifiable by the Gold “Zora” script on the doors and the AOPA (Air Craft Owners and Pilots Association) which sticker he proudly displayed in the rear window of the car’s auxiliary hard top. The car comes with an autographed, commemorative poster showing Zora in front of Mt. Rushmore during a Corvette summer celebration.

Documentation includes the original Owner’s Manual, other dealer and maintenance paperwork signed by Zora, correspondence, articles and an information binder and the original title still in Zora's name with his signature on the back"

This is the car which the "Godfather" choose to purchase with his own discretionary funds and the one which he enthusiastically drove during his golden years of retirement form GM.

This is truly an amazing piece of Corvette history and Americana, which can not be duplicated at any price.