Surprise!, it was the own General Motors, which paid $ 1.3 million for the CERV I


The CERV I in the stage.

One of the lots more highlights of the last auction of Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale was the Chevrolet CERV I, the famous prototype testing that the brand developed at the end of the decade of the fifties as bank of mobile testing to be able to offer its engineers a greater range in which dynamic possibilities are concerned.

The CERV I was auctioned from a private collection, where it has remained little time, since it was sold in Monterey in 2015, by $ 1.3 million, exactly the same price it reached last week in Scottsdale.

What nobody expected is that after this puja you will find nothing less than General Motors, the original owner of the prototype.


The Chevrolet CERV I in its current state.

Since 1986 has been in the hands of private individuals, when closed the Museum Briggs Cunningham, an institution that I had received as a donation the own General Motors. And while it may seem otherwise, GM has not lost with these strange transactions.

Donate it and then having to buy it is really the best thing that could have happened to the corporation with headquarters in Detroit, since they have not been donated in its day, today the CERV I would not have existed.

Until a few years ago, the policy of many corporations such as General Motors was not to retain and store the dozens of prototypes, concepts, test units and pre-generated each year. So once used or were sold in a few cases or were simply achatarrados. And so it is like have disappeared hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of prototypes and unique vehicles.


Zora Arkus-Duntov posing next to the CERV I.

This was the fate of the CERV I, which was in service for several years, with it even being used in competitions – so not official as GM banning any type of official participation in competition – as picturesque as the own Pikes Pike HillClimb, so that was not exactly an easy life. Thanks to the own Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was in charge of convincing the directive, the prototype was donated to the mentioned museum.

Today, restored, will become part of the GM Heritage Museum, and may be enjoyed for a few more years.