Posts Tagged ‘corvair’

A Little Fitchy – 1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Coupe

December 23, 2015

If you’ll indulge one more rear-engined American feature (come to think of it, are there any others your average person can buy?), the real lookers of the Corvair family are the second series car. Given the whole legal mess, the introduction of the Chevy II compact, and slim profit margins, it’s a bit of a miracle the second generation even made it to production. But thank goodness it did, because while the first generation car certainly had strong influence on car designers, German ones especially, the second generation was arguably the best looking economy car ever built in America. Maybe that sounds like a back-handed compliment, but it’s not meant that way – creating an economy car that’s fun and good looking is not something many manufacturers have achieved. Check out this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Coupe for sale for $3000 somewhere near San Pablo, CA.

1965 Chevrolet Corvair 500 coupe above

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Morevair – 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood Pair

December 19, 2015

To have a full look at utilitarian Corvairs, you can’t omit the Lakewood station wagon. Only built for the 1961 and 1962 model years, they’re a fairly rare version of the Corvair, yet a look round online listings turns up two of these interesting cars within budget. The styling of these is quite interesting, like a checklist of early 1960s GM design cues minus the gaudy chrome grill, and a dash of VW Type 3 thrown in when you consider the proportions and rear fender vents. Check out this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood for sale for $3500 in Belmont, CA.

1961 Chevrolet Corvair 2 Lakewood left front

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Anti-VW – 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier and 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

December 18, 2015

Reflecting on the extreme popularity of VW Type 2 products, it’s curious the competing Corvair vans never received the same recognition. Sure, they were successful enough in sales, but they never achieved the same level of cultural cachet the VWs had. Part of this is no doubt due to the mainstream Chevrolet badge, but everything else about the vehicles was decidedly counter-culture. In fact, it was so counter-cultural that it was not terribly profitable for GM, but the flat 6, which led to its recognition in-period as a poor man’s Porsche, meant you can be spared the wrath of modern-day semi-truck drivers, and the styling has some quintessentially 1960s GM design cues. So sure, you can compensate for your other shortcomings by driving a vehicle with too many windows, or you can do the same in a more effective way – with horsepower! Check out this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier for sale for $4500 in Springfield, OR.

1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier right front

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