The new C8 Corvette might have announced it’s unveiling at charity auction last week, but it also honored its heritage with a few easter eggs for eagle-eyed ‘Vette fans.
Last week, we saw the prototype mid-engine Corvette arrive at the Siller Foundation charity gala in New York sporting a very interesting set of new camouflage. The biggest draw would be the giant “07.18.19” painted on the side, which is a clear indication of when we can expect the vinyl coat to finally be taken off.
Besides the smiling faces of GM CEO and chairman Mary Barra and Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, there were a few other faces to find in the C8 ‘Vette. Or should we say, on the C8 Corvette.
Hidden amongst the black and white camo were tiny stickers bearing the visage of the late, great Corvette engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Zora was known as the Father of the Corvette, and for good reason. During his life, he worked on every Corvette made, from the very first Corvette made in 1953 all the way to the third iteration of Chevrolet’s classic sports car. Zora retired in 1975, but remained opinionated about the Corvette right up until his death in 1996.
One of the things he was most opinionated about was the use of a mid-engine configuration for the Corvette. He managed to get a prototype built during his lifetime, but it never got the green light for production.
Stickers found on the side mirrors and door handles are of Zora’s likeness and appear to be a humble nod to the former chief Corvette engineer.
GM might be taking Zora’s name a step further. In January, GM trademarked the Zora name in a move that seems likely to be associated with the C8 Corvette. Rumors have since then popped up stating that Zora will be the name of the top-level performance trim with a 5.5-L twin-turbo V8.
We’ll have to wait until July to find out for sure, but at least we know the wait will soon be over.