1960 CERV I Built By Zora-Arkus Duntov Heading To Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale2
Zora-Arkus Duntov can be credited with many things during his long career with General Motors, specifically regarding the Chevrolet Corvette. One of the many machines he crafted was the 1960 CERV I, which stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle.
The prototype is fitted with a 377 ci aluminum small block, an advanced Rochester fuel-injection system Indy-style tires and wheels and was instrumental in future development for Chevrolet performance. It would also begin fueling decades of rumors surrounding a mid-engine Corvette.
And now, it’s heading to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale to kick off the auction season in Arizona.
The strange part of this story is the 1960 CERV I was just recently sold off at RM Sotheby’s this past August. We’re not sure if the bid fell through, or maybe the new owner is attempting to flip the vehicle for themselves. Our last update on the original auction sale surrounded an $800,000 bid, which was then deemed incorrect. The $800,000 figure also underperformed what experts said it would actually sell for.
Regardless, it’s a chance to own a very special part of Chevrolet, and Duntov’s, history.
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GM definitely needs to reacquire this special vehicle and place it into the GM Heritage Center!
The sad story is how they lost the car in the first place when it was given to the Collier Museum and then they had it so long they were given permission to sell it by a court when GM protested.
At least it lives and was not destroyed like many other cars.