Two Great Cars: The Ford GT & Chevrolet Corvette

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By Larry Webster and By Hagerty: For People Who Love Cars. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The Ford GT40 was the car that beat Ferrari in the1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Four decades after that win, the company resurrected the storied machine with an all new Ford GT to commemorate Ford's 100th anniversary. Chris Theodore was Ford’s VP of Product Engineering during this time and the man in charge of designing an all-new car that captured the spirit of the original. Here he recounts the fascinating story behind the Ford GT.

If it wasn’t for Zora Duntov, the Chevrolet Corvette may have been just a footnote in GM’s history. But immediately after joining GM in 1953, Duntov pushed a series of changes through the GM bureaucracy that made the Corvette a legitimate sports car. Jerry Burton, author of "Zora Arkus-Duntov—The Man Behind Corvette", explains how Duntov’s forceful personality was an instrument of good, and sometimes bad.

Listen to longer audio podcasts of both extraordinary stories: Ford GT and Chevrolet Corvette.

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