The new C8 generation Chevrolet Corvette is considered by mainstream automotive news outlets as the first American sports car to go mid-engine (sorry, the Fiero doesn’t count), but if you ask me…it was the Corvair. I know that the Corvair was rear-engine when it left the factory, but the number converted to mid-engine is enough to probably qualify it as a factory offering. Today’s example is cheap and ready for a new owner. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $7000 near Reno, NV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I know we’ve posted quite a few Corvairs recently…but this next car is just too much to ignore. At first glance it hurts the eyes brain…the proportions are…wait…where’d the doors go? Yeah. Somebody is channeling their inner Luke Duke with welded shut passenger compartment…but at least this is a convertible, so it should be easier to get in/out. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Custom offered for $15,000 in Santa Clarita, CA via craigslist.
Sharp eye’d readers of our previous feature might have noticed that the crazy looking Volkswagen Concept Car wasn’t the only piece of oddball fiberglass in the dusty garage…and a quick look at the seller’s other features netted these two beauties; First is this 1970s Corvair powered Tedham Special offered for $6000 CAD ($4485 USD) and this 1970s Corvair Custom thing offered for $5000 CAD ($3738 USD), both in Bradford, Ontario, Canada sold by the Guild of Automotive Restorers. You might think this was a simple case of find the movie pics online…but no, this involved me watching an hour and 15 minutes of a campy 1986 TV show pilot turned made for TV movie called Condor that was supposedly set in Los Angeles in 1999 and features seriously cheesy acting from Ray Wise, an android named Lisa, and a serious setup of odd custom cars…including these two. You can watch the entire “movie” on Amazon prime here…but I don’t recommend it.
This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Did somebody say “Corvair“? Ask the internet, and you shall receive. Here is a low mileage (43,000 original miles) 1964 Chevy Corvair Monza Club Coupe in good survivor condition with the reasonable asking price of $5900. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair in Magnolia, TX, […]
The Chevrolet Corvair was built in two generations — the first from 1960-1964 and the later cars built from 1965-1969. The early cars have curves that are softer and more “50s”, while the later cars have a more angular “60s” look, no B-pillar, and an upgrade from the early swing axle rear end to a fully independent setup. The late, great Hunsbloger would always insist that the 65+ models were the only ones to consider, but this next early Monza is so nicely preserved for the asking price that I think he’d give it a second look. Find this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza offered for $6,500 buy-it-now or make-offer in Littleton, CO via eBay.
The second generation Chevrolet Corvair (1965-1969) is one of the cheaper ways to get into a rear-engine aircooled classic with a flat-6 out back…but when people see them on the road they probably assume it is another V8 powered American car. So why not conform to their delusions with a little custom beast like this next car. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $16,000 in Gloucester, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Chevrolet Greenbrier Sportswagon was introduced in 1961 as part of the air-cooled rear-engined Corvair lineup. The Greebrier can seat up to 9 people with an optional rear seat, but don’t expect to get anywhere quickly once loaded up because the air-cooled flat-6 under the rear cargo area only puts out something in the range of 80 SAE gross horsepower. Find this 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Van offered for $12,500 in Corona, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Is a V8 powered, front engine Corvair an abomination or an upgrade? I’m sorta torn on that question, but I guess it is better to put a Chevy V8 powering the rear wheels than a transverse Buick V6 pushing power to the front…now that would be a real weirdo. Still…I can’t help but think this […]
Happy St Valentine’s Day! This next Corvair isn’t the fastest Vair on the planet (that’s probably something with a mid mounted V8) ..and I’d prefer the 4-speed manual version to this 2-speed powerglide equipped version, and it would be nice to have a bit more forward ooomph than the base 95 horsepower flat-6 can provide…but…this […]
The Corvair is one of the few aircooled classics from the 60s that you can buy for a reasonable amount of money and drive around everyday (helps if you live in a place that is easy on weather.) It had an advanced independent rear suspension under that aircooled engine out back…but today everything is amok […]