Bill Mitchell: Head of General Motors Design Staff

Carl Renner: A Chevrolet designer who is believed to have had a significant influence on the the design of the 1953 Corvette and the solid-axle Corvettes to follow.

Chip Miller: A brief look at Chip Miller, one of the key organizers of the Corvettes at Carlisle event.

David C. Hill: Corvette Chief Engineer and Vehicle Line Executive from 1992 to 2006.

David R. McLellan: Corvette Chief Engineer from 1975 to 1992

Harley Earl: The "Father" of the Corvette.

John Cafaro: John Cafaro and the C5 Corvette: It was all by design.

Larry Shinoda: Corvette Designer most known for the design of the 1963 "split-window" coupe.

Myron Scott: The man responsible for naming the Corvette.

Noland Adams: Noland Adams - He Wrote the Book on Corvette Restoration

Will Cooksey: Willmer Cooksey, Jr., Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant Manager

Zora Arkus-Duntov: The "Godfather" and first Chief Engineer of the Corvette.

Zora's Letter: This is the letter by Zora that saved the Corvette from being discontinued!

David C. Hill, Chief Engineer/Vehicle Line Executive

David C HillBirth/Education

  • Born:  January 15, 1943.
  • In 1965, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
  • Earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1970.

Technical Highlights

  • His career started with Cadillac in 1965 where he began working in the engine lab on power development and eventually moved into the field of emissions controls.
  • Senior Project Engineer in the Cadillac engine lab from 1965 to 1973.
  • Staff Project Engineer for Cadillac engine design and release in 1973.
  • Became General Supervisor of the Cadillac body and chassis lab in 1976.
  • Staff Engineer for Cadillac development from 1978 to 1981.
  • Cadillac Staff Engineer for emissions and transmissions in 1982 and later promoted to Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Cadillac Allante project the same year.
  • In 1988, he became Chief Engineer for the Cadillac DeVille and Concours models.
  • May 1992, he became Engineering Program Manager for the Cadillac.
  • Officially became the third Corvette Chief Engineer, on November 18, 1992.



  • "I'm going to try to learn as much as I can about the Corvette customer and the Corvette's heritage because that will make me a better decision maker as the Corvette's chief engineer. I won't be the Chevrolet public relations department. And I'm going to have a lot of work to do here, so I may not be seen out on the circuit as much as Dave McLellan was or as much as Zora is. But I am really interested in understading the Corvette mystique and the Corvette heritage. As I said, there is plenty of work to do and this is where I belong -- here in this engineering builiding working on current and future Corvettes." Corvette Fever, May 1993, Pg. 17

Dave Hill after the Corvette wins 1998 Car of the Year award.
Dave Hill after the Corvette wins 1998 Car of the Year award.

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