I managed to cut a good deal for a booth that was surrounded by some of the top imported exotics (Ferrari, Iso, Lamborghini, and Lotus) and we went for it. Then I called Zora Arkus-Duntov, whom I had befriended the previous year, and told him I would have a surprise for him at the show. He came by the booth, and we talked about big-block Corvettes for what seemed like hours. He loved the GT (he also hated the Stingray's small notchback rear window) and encouraged me to build some customer cars. Over the years Zora became a great friend, helped a lot with my relationship with Chevrolet's performance czar, Vince Piggins, and was a big supporter of my quest to develop big-block super cars. I really miss him," said Rosen.

Next Month: The '70 Phase III GT big-block is unveiled, built, sold, and later found in the 1990s by Rosen at the Warner Brothers studio lot.