Zora Duntov is the man we have to thank for bringing the basic idea of a Z06 package to life. When the C2 Corvette Stingray was in its inception, Duntov suggested the development of parts to benefit racers. Thus, the Z06 went from a twinkle in Duntov’s eye, to a living, breathing entity.
Part of the original Z06 package was a massive 36 gallon fuel tank to keep fuel ups fewer and far between during road races. These initial C2 Corvettes would become known as “Big Tanks” or “Tankers,” due to the giant fuel tank, but shortly after the Z06’s creation, the fuel tank was removed and replaced with a more standard-issue tank.
The tanker option remained as an add on for any coupe, however, this particular 1964 C2 Corvette here is 1 of 38 ever produced during the car’s production run, making it a very special C2 Corvette. This 1964 Corvette is outfitted with every correct Z06 option for the time, including the L84 327-cubic-inch displacement engine with Rochester fuel injection, making 375 hp.
It should be very interesting to see how sought after this car is once it crosses the auction block at Mecum Houston in April, but any Corvette that saw limited production numbers is more than likely to see a bidding war.
Now, thanks to Zora, the Z06 stands as the ultimate in Corvette expression, boasting specifications to frighten cars twice its price tag. Though, maybe not for long if the Corvette team brings the long rumored C8 Zora mid-engined Corvette to life.