It’s been an interesting week here at CorvetteBlogger to say the least!
Following the auction of CERV 1 on Saturday night at Barrett-Jackson, I went out on a limb and proclaimed the then anonymous buyer to be none other than General Motors following a couple conversations I had with “those in the know”. That limb can be a lonely place, but I had confidence in those sources I talked to and never wavered despite not having any more “evidence” to prove our claims.
And yesterday, the proverbial rubber hit the road as national publications like CNN Money picked up our story and now thanks to Hemmings, we have confirmation that CERV 1 will indeed be heading home to General Motors after all these years.
“GM is proud to have CERV 1 back”, says Greg Wallace who manages the GM Heritage Center. Adding to that, we learned the acquisition of CERV 1 was “an opportunity, not a strategy” says GM’s Executive Director of Product and Technology communications, leading us to believe that while GM isn’t actively searching to repurchase some of their historical vehicles that are in private hands, they will consider it depending on the vehicle.
Located in an unassuming complex in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the GM Heritage Center displays on average a little over 150 vehicles at any one time from the collection of 600 cars and trucks from GM’s past. It’s not open to the public, but the Heritage Center does open for tour groups throughout the year and we highly recommend that you take the opportunity to tour the facility if you can.
CERV 1 will now be displayed along other historical Corvettes including the ’59 Stingray Racer, the Mako Shark and a plethora of mid-engine concept vehicles like the 1974 Reynolds Corvette and the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept.
Hemmings Motor News
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