1964 Chevrolet CERV II
By: Seamus Payne
The strange and stunning 1964 Chevrolet CERV II could best be described by the words of Hunter S. Thompson– “too weird to live, too rare to die”. This model of Chevrolet’s Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) was one of just six planned, and likely the only of its kind today. It was designed to represent the greatest achievements in Chevrolet engineering in its day, a vehicle that was built for speed and styled with a bit of sex appeal. This machine wasn’t created to pick up the kids from soccer practice, it was designed to beat everything else it was matched against on the racing circuit.
The 1964 Chevrolet CERV II was powered by an all-aluminium SOHC V8 engine capable of genuine supercar performance. It could break 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, and it would top out at 210 mph if given the pavement. It wasn’t just the V8 heartbeat that achieved these results, but the curvy, aerodynamically-sound design. The body was built on a monocoque chassis to support its powerful payload with the level of balance needed to keep it competitive on the curves. In both shape and power, it was one of the most impressive vehicles Chevy had produced upon its arrival. In many cases, this 1964 experiment might have paved the road for a few of its successors, possibly even the legendary Corvettes of the late 1960s and early 70s.
This one-of-a-kind CERV II will be auctioned by RM Auctions in November at the Art of the Automobile event. There’s no telling just how high of a price this beauty will command, but given its rarity, you can expect six figures or more. It’s a striking vehicle, a bit of Chevrolet history that is likely to complete the collection of a fanatical collector.