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Zora’s Baby, the CERV I, Started Every Mid-Engine Corvette Rumor in the Last 50-Plus Years

Posted July 14, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: CERV I classic auto Concept corvette

Did he plan to take it racing? Did he plan to use it as a testbed for exotic materials? Or did Zora Arkus-Duntov have something else in mind when he laid out the mid-engine CERV I experimental car? Whatever his intentions, he set off decades of rumors that the next generation of the Corvette would follow in that configuration, and now that one-off 200-MPH racer has been slated for auction this fall.

Conceived after encountering problems with the Corvette SS while at Sebring in 1957, the open-wheel mid-engine Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle ostensibly was to serve as a dual-purpose race car: Duntov reportedly specified its 96-inch wheelbase and 56-inch track width with the Indianapolis 500 in mind, and he also seemed determined to compete with the CERV at Pikes Peak.

Who needs a mid-engine Corvette anyway?

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