The Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle known as CERV 1 is one of the most significant engineering examples from Zora Arkus-Duntov and his team and it’s considered the car from which the modern Corvette was born.
CERV 1 was Zora’s personal Corvette engineering test bed and it was used to develop the 1963 Sting Ray’s independant suspension and a host of other features. The transverse leaf-spring is the predecessor of the same design still being used on Corvettes today. With its 377 cubic inch OHV aluminum V8 engine, Zora drove the car to 206 mph at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds!
When CERV II was developed, CERV 1 was headed for the crusher. But Zora talked the brass into donating it to the Briggs Cunningham collection and that’s how this rare engineering mule made its way to the outside.
For the last 21 years, the car has resided in Mike Yager’s MY Garage. It was offered last summer but failed to sell and so Mike offered it again under the bright lights of the Barrett-Jackson Auction.
On Saturday night, CERV 1 took its turn on the auction block in Scottsdale. Bidding for the rocket body was fierce and when it was over the the hammer fell at $1.2 million! With the seller’s commission, the total price was $1,320,000!
Following the sale, we heard from multiple trusted sources who told us the buyer of CERV 1 was General Motors!
If that’s the case, it could be a sign of good things to come! General Motors still owns a significant collection of vehicles, many of which are on display at the GM Heritage Center outside of Detroit. As the car offers significant historical value with its connection with Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Corvette program, we are glad to hear that it’s coming back home.
Our friend Lance Miller was at Barrett-Jackson and shared this live video of the CERV 1 auction on Facebook:
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[VIDEO] CERV 1 – Chevrolet’s First Engineering Research Vehicle
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