Driving Force Behind C8 Stepping Down

The driving force behind Chevrolet’s iconic Corvettes is stepping down!

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General Motors announced on Wednesday that Tadge Juechter, the executive chief engineer of the Corvette, will retire later this summer after an illustrious 47-year tenure at GM. His successor will be named in due course.

At 67, Juechter leaves a legacy as one of the auto industry’s most esteemed figures. Joining the Corvette team in 1993, he has been instrumental in shaping the last four generations of the Corvette, with General Motors noting his pivotal role in the Corvette’s victory as the North American Car of the Year in 2020.

Reflecting on his tenure, Juechter remarked, “It’s been the honor of a lifetime to lead the talented individuals who have breathed life into one of America’s most iconic vehicles. Their relentless pursuit of excellence with each iteration of the Corvette has been truly inspiring. I have full confidence in the capable hands that will guide the future of this legendary nameplate.”

Juechter’s journey at GM began in 1977 in the Assembly Division in Lordstown, Ohio. Over the years, he took on various roles within the company before assuming the position of assistant chief engineer for the Corvette in 1993. Under the guidance of Dave Hill, the then-chief engineer for Corvette, Juechter played a pivotal role in the development of the fifth and sixth-generation Corvettes.

In 2006, Juechter reached a career pinnacle when he was appointed executive chief engineer for Corvette, a position he described as “the promotion of a lifetime.” In this capacity, he spearheaded the development of the seventh and eighth-generation models.

Juechter’s final project, the highly anticipated ZR1, is set to debut this summer. Anticipated to be the fastest Corvette to date, it is rumored to boast a 5.5-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver a staggering 800 horsepower, according to a recent Car and Driver article.

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I always look forward to the Thundering Thursday updates, nice work by the Corvette Mike team! I’ve been a long-time Corvette fan, going back to 9th grade in 1974 when I bought my first Corvette, a 1959 “roller” for $250. This was also my first car. By my senior year in High School, I was on the road and cruising. In 1988, I bought an Ermine White/red leather/350HP/original bolt-on wheel 1967. It sat in the garage for 20 years as I collected NOS/original parts to someday support a full restoration. After all the major family obligations were handled and several more years passed, the restoration was completed in 2012. The ’67 scored a Top Flight award the first time out and has performed flawlessly over the past 12 years. I’m happy to say that I still have both cars!

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Red w/Red Interior, 6.2L 495hp, LS3 V8, 4-Speed Automatic

The ’58 featured here is sporting a highly desirable Art Morrison chassis. Housed within the chassis, is a slightly tweaked LS3, backed up to a completely rebuilt 4L60e 4-speed automatic transmission.

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Stayfast Convertible Top
Art Morrison GT Chassis
Ridetech Coilover Shocks
LS3 Hot Cam Crate Engine 495 HP-New
4L60e completely rebuilt Stage 2
Holley Sniper Intake
Ultimate Headers
Corvette Valve Covers
Highly detailed underside
Custom Built Ceramic Coated Exhaust
Bottom of Body Raptor Coated
Polished Front Drive
Dewitts Radiator
Dakota VHX Gauges
Wilwood Brakes 14 inch
Curtis Speed Hubcap Wheels
Speartech Harness & Computer
Painted Pull Me Over Red with white coves
Relicate Red Strike Custom Leather Interior
Tanks Inc Fuel Tank with Walbro pump inside
Driver’s side toe board extended 4 inches for more legroom
RetroSound Bluetooth radio
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Black with Demon Red Accents on the Interior and Only 14 Miles!

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Cortez Silver w/Black Interior, L71 427/435hp, 3-Speed Automatic.

The absolutely stunning Cortez Silver example presented here is one very rare and unique ’69! What makes it so, is the Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission backing up the L71 427ci big block under the hood!

One of only 255 427/435’s delivered in 1969 with an automatic transmission, this numbers matching big-block Corvette has benefitted from a complete, nut and bolt, frame-off restoration by renowned Corvette specialist Jeff Reade at American Motoring Memories. The car not only looks beautiful, but it drives like a “new ’69”. It starts up easily, idles steady with that familiar lope, and will definitely push you back in the seat when the accelerator is pressed down!

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