Corvair

True Barn Find: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

The Corvair was Chevrolet’s first compact car. Introduced in 1960, it went down the path less traveled by Detroit automakers. It used an air-cooled engine mounted in the rear, much like the Volkswagen Beetle.  About 1.8 million were produced… more»

47k Original Miles: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Sport Sedan

1965 was a banner sales year for Chevrolet thanks to great styling across the board. The rear-engine Corvair was given its first major design change since its 1960 introduction which resulted in a smoother, more sporty-looking car. Even the… more»

Recent Repaint: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood

The Chevrolet Corvair was a walk on the wild side for GM. For one thing, its engine hung out in back, the way back. For another, it was air-cooled. The car had a monocoque body, and independent suspension at… more»

Safer At Any Speed? 1964 Chevrolet Corvair

Chevrolet’s first entry in the new compact market in 1960 was the Corvair. But it was unorthodox compared to the growing list of competitors. It had an air-cooled engine mounted in the rear (like the VW Beetle). This 1964… more»

Turbocharged Drop-Top! 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder

In the 1960s, Chevrolet offered two compact cars, the Chevy II and the Corvair. The former was thoroughly conventional by Detroit standards (front-engine, water-cooled), while the latter was anything but. Like the VW Beetle, the Corvair had a rear-mounted,… more»

Blazer 4X4: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

If you combined the body of a first-generation 1960s Chevrolet Corvair with a mid-1980s S-10 Blazer SUV, the seller’s vehicle is what you might come up with. He/she bought this as a project and stopped working on it when… more»

Show and Go: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Wagon

The Corvair wagon was a weird idea. All manner of Corvairs were selling well in 1961, but the new Lakewood wagon – not so much. With the motor in the rear, the cargo floor was high. This diminished the… more»

What Year Is This Chevrolet Corvair Estate Auction Car?

One thing we can count on here at Barn Finds is the incredible depth of knowledge of our readers.  Much like CIA photo analysts clustered around an image patiently digging for clues, our readers can correctly identify every possible… more»

Tahitian Turquoise 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Coupe

The Corvair was introduced in 1960 as a compact but family-friendly car. With its motor out back, the flat-floored cabin could accommodate six passengers in a pinch, and the front trunk was huge. The car had plenty of punch… more»

Out of the Barn! 1962 Chevrolet Greenbrier Camper

Based on the new Corvair with its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, Chevrolet expanded that product line to include a truck/van platform. The delivery version was called the Corvan 95 (for its 95-inch wheelbase) while the passenger version was the Greenbrier…. more»

Air-Cooled Cab-Over: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier

When Chevrolet cooked up the Corvair in 1960 with the rear-mounted, air-cooled engine, they didn’t stop with just making sedans and convertibles. They also offered truck and van versions broadly referred to as the Corvair 95 (for its 95-inch… more»

Flat Top Survivor: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair

The U.S. compact car market was heating up by the time 1960 models were introduced. At that point (and going forward), American-built compacts were technically smaller versions of their full-size counterparts. Except for the Chevrolet entry, the Corvair. With… more»

Cheap Drop Top: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible

Did Ralph Nader kill the Corvair? Unsafe At Any Speed, the book by Nader published in 1965, haunts every conversation about the Corvair, but its subject was really safety in a larger sense, and how automakers resisted implementing measures… more»

GM’s Beetle: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

Compact cars were all the rage in the early 1960s and the Corvair would be Chevrolet’s first foray into that field. But they wouldn’t take the path most traveled at first, instead creating a small car that had an… more»

Lakewood Wagon: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair

Chevrolet introduced the Corvair in 1960, its first foray into the compact car market. But it was different from the competition, with its air-cooled, rear-mounted engine. A variety of body styles were offered, including station wagons, which only in… more»

Vintage Van: 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier

Chevrolet launched the rear-engined Corvair in 1960, as an economy sedan; a year later, fans had a broader choice of body styles, including the Loadside, the Rampside, and a van. The snub-nosed van, called the Greenbrier Sportswagon, offered six… more»

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