Baby Blue: 1960 Chevrolet Corvair 700

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I wish we had better pictures of this 1960 Chevrolet Corvair sedan, listed for sale here on eBay and located in Tempe, Arizona. The car looks quite snazzy in an unusual color (anyone know if it’s an original color?) and those great Corvair wire wheel covers with fake knockoff spinners. The seller doesn’t tell us much about the car other than that the four carburetors (did they really have four?) have been rebuilt in the last year and that it has new brakes. It looks like it needs some interior work, but four of what look like new or newish door panels are included. There are also $170 in Corvair shop manuals as part of the deal, and the seller is also throwing in the chrome polish they use. I’m wondering what the rest of the car looks like, and how early this introduction-year Corvair really is? And is that white thing on the lower right of the picture above an added chin spoiler or part of a parking curb?

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  1. Tom Bode

    The 4 carb-140 hp engine came out in the 2nd gen body style in 1965.
    Although the engine can be retrofitted to earlier cars. The engine had trouble with
    dropped valve seats, but many after market venders have solutions. More
    information can be found on the Corsa web site. For a different view of the use
    of Corvair engines. flycorvair.net

    • jaygryph

      Dropped valve seats is why you never EVER want to overheat a 140. They use, if I recall, the same valves as the big block chevy so they are quite large, very little wiggle room if the head gets too hot. Actually, here’s a vine that shows an example of that. I don’t know what they did to these heads but it had to have made a heck of a sound when it let loose. https://vine.co/v/edQE5HAnBFA

      The 140 in my RV has two carbs deleted so it’s running two primaries and no secondaries. Former owner put in a big Isky cam that motor really sings once at highway speed. Problem is it is very unhappy at idle despite much tuning and tweaking. Honestly I think they put it in a bit out of time or something. Some day I’ll have to pull it entirely apart and find out what’s wrong. Wouldn’t mind going back to a stock cam, honestly.

      Speaking of aircraft and corvairs, you might get a kick out of this vine I made of the Corvair powered UltraVan. https://vine.co/v/ewAVqm0Wrud It’s better with sound :)

      • Ed P

        That is a good idea for a booster engine, but you need to use Gorilla Glue !!

  2. Ed P

    The Corvair looks to be in nice condition. The photographers finger nail needs cleaning tho.

  3. ImpalaGuy

    The chin spoiler has been added, much like the wire wheels and the two “extra” carbs. The ’60 models all had two carbs as original equipment. The wheel covers are correct for ’62 or ’63. Not necessarily bad additions. The chin spoiler from a ’69 Camaro fits perfectly on the ’65 and later ‘Vairs and really helps keep it stable at hiway speeds.

  4. Gary

    Not bad looking for the year model, this would have been a Horizon Blue for the ’60 model year. Looks to have been repainted, no way this would be original paint. It would need a good PI, and having rust issues but not disclosing where sends up red flags big time.

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