Stirling with Zora Arkus-Duntov at the 1957 Sebring 12 hours

Stirling with Zora Arkus-Duntov at the 1957 Sebring 12 hours

Chevrolet entered four Corvette sport cars at the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours. One of them was radically new model, a magnesium-alloy bodied Super Sport (SS), with a 4.638 cc engine complete with lightweight aluminum cylinder heads. In addition to this elegant metallic-blue SS, there was a practice SS built, equipped with a standard Corvette engine and a plastic body. Despite looking shabby, it was very fast and in the days prior to the event, other race drivers were allowed by the then Chevy competition director, Zora Arkus-Duntov, to drive the practice SS, including Stirling. He is pictured with Duntov and the Corvette SS shortly before taking it out on track.

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