Here’s your standard, everyday, run-of-the-mill, factory-made van. Or, somewhere underneath that hand-formed metal work is a standard van. This 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Van is listed on the Copart website and it will go up for auction on January 5th. Thanks to Nicholas T for sending in this submission!
Wait, is that rust already and we just got started?! Yes, my friends, it is. But, no worries, your local Maaco could patch that corrosion and repaint that door to closely, but not exactly, match the adjacent door and you’ll be on to the next project on your to-do list. One step at a time, and don’t forget to always pay in cash so your spouse doesn’t find out that you even have this thing tucked away in a 10×20 storage unit.
I assumed that this was all custom fiberglass, but supposedly it’s all metal. That’s even more amazing craftsmanship if it’s metal. This van apparently has been on the show circuit for about 20 years but it looks like it’s fallen into a bit of disrepair. One thing they don’t show, for some odd reason, is the custom side gull-wing door! I ran across a photo of it while researching this one.
A manual transmission is nice to see in there, but no word on if it’s a 3 or a 4-speed. And actually, considering this is such an old conversion, it looks pretty tight inside this velvet, quilted-vinyl, and shag-carpet-lined love machine. Well, some parts, like the rear compartment, aren’t quite as nice as others are. This whole van looks like it hasn’t been maintained in quite a few years. Here’s an interior photo that I found in researching this van.
As is usually the case with Copart auctions, there’s pretty much 0.04% worth of useful information given about the vehicles being auctioned. The engine looks pretty nice, but I found a photo of this van from a few years ago and this is what the engine looked like. It’s amazing what a lack of maintenance and upkeep will do to a person, and to a vehicle. This should be a Corvair boxer-six with about 80 hp, but I have no idea what it has, or had, before ending up in the state that it’s in now. Hopefully this van can be saved! Are you a custom van fan?