The Chevrolet CERV I is a Piece of History Searching for a Good Home
It’s like one of those Sarah Mclachlan ASPCA commercials; “In the arms of an angel…” Except this isn’t a dog, it’s a car. And it hasn’t been neglected—in fact, far from it. What you’re looking at is the CERV I prototype, the brain child of Corvette creator Zora Arkus-Duntov. It all started in 1957. Duntov was driving around Sebring in a Corvette and felt like the Chevy lineup needed something even more performance-oriented. Three years and plenty of sketches later, he and his team went to work on developing the beautiful little machine known as the CERV I. PHOTOS: Check Out Even More of the Lovable 1960 Chevrolet CERV I
The goal was to create the ultimate open-wheel, Pikes Peak racer. Though, after 60 runs (!) of the iconic mountain course, Duntov and his team decided that it wasn’t fit for Pikes Peak at all—it was fit for a race track.
In order to prove that theory, engineers decided to make a run at Bill France Sr.’s 180 mph lap time at Daytona. Duntov and his plucky little CERV I only made it to 162 mph, and later, 170 mph at the GM test facility. So engineers took it home, shoved a turbo in it, and eventually transformed it into the CERV II.
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The one you see here, though, was given a new, more powerful V8 by Duntov before it was officially retired from testing and gifted to the Briggs Cunningham automotive museum in Costa Mesa, California. From there, it was sold to collector Miles Collier in 1986.
Now, this absolutely one-of-a-kind creation is headed to the auction block in Monterey next month. RM Sotheby’s hasn’t given an estimated price—but we can’t imagine how much something this wonderful could go for.
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If you’re in the market, head to Monterey, California, between August 13th and 15th for your chance to bid on a unique piece of American history.
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