The 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is a huge event for automotive enthusiasts. This year’s auction kicks off on January 14th and runs through the 22nd, and boasts a rare piece of American automotive history. The incredible important vehicle was built more than 50 years ago and bears the title of Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle 1, otherwise known as CERV 1.
Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov developed the CERV 1 back in 1960 as a mid-engine prototype race car. The model ultimately served as a test vehicle for Duntov. It also served as a platform for engineers to refine several critical Chevrolet parts, including the chassis and suspension.
The CERV 1 only made one track appearance by running demonstration laps at the 1960 Grand Prix. Shortly after, manufacturers were banned from sponsoring the races. Still, it became a platform in the development of fuel-injection technology that eventually made its way to the small-block V8 engine.
The car serves as a critical point in the development of many modern General Motors vehicles. Once sold, the owner will receive both the official paperwork and history of the car itself.
We here at Crossroads Chevrolet hope that such an important piece of automotive history finds a caring owner!