The countdown to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is almost over, which means we’ll soon get to see a piece of history change ownership. The auction is one of the most exciting events to kick off the New Year for automotive enthusiasts. The 46th annual auction will feature a one-of-a-kind piece of automotive history known as the Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1.
Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Corvette chief engineer built the CERV 1 between 1959 and 1960. The mid-engine, open-wheel race car prototype was entirely functional and became a test bed for engineers to develop and refine key Chevrolet parts, such as the chassis and suspension systems.
The CERV 1 saw some track time at the 1960 US Grand Prix but, following the ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, didn’t accomplish much.
The original model boasts a small-block V8 engine that churned out 350 hp and weighed in at just 350 pounds. It served as a test bed for fuel-injection technology as well. The prototype could hold up to 20 gallons of fuel.
The CERV 1 was later refitted for a larger engine and race-oriented parts. The body was redesigned for improved aerodynamics as well. At the end of the day, the prototype race car reached a top speed of 206 mph.
Whoever purchases the car at auction will receive the paperwork and car history documented.
We at Wright Chevrolet Buick GMC hope this historic vehicle will wind up with someone who appreciates it as much as we do.