Guys like Zora Arkus-Duntov, Harley Earl and Ed Cole are the names of legends to those of us who are Corvette fans.
Like Mad Men for car guys, I imagine Corvette’s first Chief Engineer and his wife Elfie hosting a cocktail party in the early ’60s at their Detroit home with the whose-who of Chevrolet performance walking the halls or standing in the kitchen with drinks in their hands talking about the latest engine test or what crosstown rivals Ford was up to.
Now you can walk those same halls that Zora once did as the house that he and his wife Elfie owned is back on the market.
We first learned of the Chief Engineer’s suburban Detroit home in 2010 when it was first listed on the market following the passing of Elfie in 2008. The house sat for a while and then a sale for the Grosse Pointe Woods property occurred in March 2012 for the bargain price of $125K. Fast forward a little over three years and now it’s back on the market for $299,900.
The house is located at 621 Lochmoor Blvd in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Ironically, the listing mentions the connection to the Corvette legend but misspell’s Zora’s Name at ZORAN ARKUS-DUNTOV. At least they do get the Godfather reference correct. One of the changes we see missing from the listing in 2015 was a street sign located on the walkway, halfway from the house to the street. It proclaimed it as “Duntov Way”.
Here is the description of the house from the listing:
STUNNING SPANISH STYLE HOME WITH NEW TILE ROOF AND NEW WINDOWS. FRESH PAINT AND STUCCO ON THE EXTERIOR LAST YEAR. THE FORMER HOME OF ZORAN ARKUS-DUNTOV… THE GODFATHER OF THE CORVETTE. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY. DRAMATIC 2 STORY WINDING STAIRCASE. CIRCULAR LIVING ROOM WITH ARCHED WINDOWS AND SKYLIGHT. 1ST FLOOR LAUNDRY. PRIVATE PATIO AND GARDENS. LARGE CORNER LOT A SHORT DISTANCE TO LAKESHORE DRIVE. GROSSE POINTE WOODS RESIDENTS ENJOY USE OF LAKE FRONT PARK. IT IS OVER 55 ACRES ON LAKE ST CLAIR AND BOASTS THE LARGEST OUTDOOR SWIMMING FACILITY IN MICHIGAN AS WELL AS A MARINA AND NUMEROUS OTHER AMENITIES.
For more details and photos of Zora’s Detroit home, see the listing on zillow.com.