Here a good looking project, a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Club Coupe. I say project just because it was restored at some point and there is a lot of rust bubbling out under that nice, green paint. This car is on craigslist with an asking price of $1,900 and it’s in Niles, Michigan.
This is a fantastic looking car from a distance, but there’s a bit of evil lurking in a few close-up photos. Kudos to the seller for providing those photos, though, and not trying to hide anything. That makes me believe that they’re honest and aren’t trying to hide anything on this car, they show it all; well done. You can fix those rust areas, I know that you can. And, this time, you can do it right so it doesn’t come through again, unless you drive it in the winter or live on coast. I’m guessing that this one was done fairy quickly with some body putty repairs instead of welded metal, but it looks like a great starting point to a nice restoration.
As you probably all know, the Corvair is still the only mass-produced American vehicle with an air-cooled rear engine. The Corvair 500 was a base model but the 700 added chrome as on this car. The Monza had bucket seats and a floor-mounted 4-speed shifter; which this car also has, at least the 4-speed manual! Yes, you expected to see an automatic in this one, I bet.
What a crisp, clean interior! And there’s that 4-speed manual. This interior has all been redone at some point. Or, the seats and door cards have been. And, the seats still look like new but there are a few things to do in there. The headliner needs help and the passenger door card is peeling away. The trunk looks good but some rust is starting to appear in the crevasses so you’ll want to stop that in its tracks. Again, my hat is off to the seller for providing so many good photos.
The seller says that the engine runs but has “what sounds like throw-out bearing rattle.” Add that to your list. This is Corvair’s 140 cubic-inch flat-six with about 80 hp. The engines were tweaked several times adding horsepower all the way up to the famous Corsa Turbo with 140 hp in the 1965 and 1966 Corvair. Would you restore this car again, fixing those rust spots for good this time, or would you just fix the throwout bearing and enjoy it as is?