UPDATE: James K’s 1966 Corvair Convertible

Recently, I asked Josh and Jesse to feature my 1966 Corvair Convertible, originally listed here. Since the original post, I have done the following work to the car: Re-installation of engine, oil change, adjustment of clutch, balanced the carbs, re-timing the distributor, and testing the gas gauge. With that work done, I thought I’d see if someone would want to give this Corvair a home now! Please contact me via the form below

Now that the car will actually accelerate and achieve speed (in the driveway), it has been discovered that the speedometer is not working due to a broken cable. This is a common issue on late Corvairs and a reinforced cable costs about $60. Also, the front half of the emergency brake cable shredded itself and will need to be replaced- $22. The blower bearing has a slight howl, indicating it will need to be changed soon. The kit to do the job with all of the Viton gaskets is $120. While replacing the e-brake cable, it would be advantageous to spend $40 and install a new clutch cable. For about $240 in parts plus a few hours of work, you can have a daily driver convertible just in time for spring weather!

Because the car is now in fantastic mechanical shape, I am asking $3000 or am willing to trade for a hardtop Corvair (early or late or even an FC). I am also willing to do the repairs for an interested party and add the parts cost to the sale price. Please note: the rear valence and all deck lid trim and cove fillers are included- they have not been re-installed yet.

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  1. Ed P

    The second generation Corvairs were the best looking of the run.

    • Andy

      I would say, of ANY run! The coupes especially had the nicest lines and proportions of any car I can think of.

    • steve m

      I like the both on their own merit insofar as style, however the later cars were better engineered.

  2. Rustytech Member

    The first gens. we’re better cars than most people give them credit for thanks to old Ralph. I found them fun to drive, especially the three pedal version. But the second gens. We’re even better, and we’re just plain pretty.

  3. Fred W.

    I had a ’62 Monza and a ’66 4 door HT. The ’62 looked great but left me standing beside the road more times than I can count, also did a 360 in the median just as Ralph predicted. The ’66 was reliable and with factory air, cool!

  4. redwagon

    a ’66 corvair w factory air – that would be rare.

  5. Djs

    My first car loved, got me through HS and collage ,

  6. Wayne

    When listing an item like this. It would be best to let potential buyers where the car is garaged. It might help to make a sale to someone within a days drive.
    Just a thought.
    I love the all the Corvairs. I had a ’64 turbo convert and my sister had a ’61 2 door. I lust after a ’65 or newer. And the FCs are just cool as hell!

    • James K Member

      If you click the hyperlinked word, you’ll see that I wrote a whole article about the car a month ago with all the information you’re looking for.

  7. Steve

    Maryland. Original article

  8. John

    still needs a bit of work, i see lot’s of potential not sure i would say it’s in “fantastic mechanical shape”, :) although if i had completed all the work that you say you did, i would probably say the same thing just based on how far it has come. i bet some corvair lover will snatch it up

    • James K Member

      For the little bit the car needs, I’d say its pretty darn close. It has no lifter noise- none whatsoever. The engine was re-ringed 5000 miles ago, and the heads were gone over by the Corvair Ranch in Gettysburg. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  9. Wayne S.K.

    WOW! An HONEST flipper. Now, that’s refreshing…

    • James K Member

      Sorry, but I’m not a flipper. That would imply I’m making money on this.
      I’m only selling this car to pursue a much rarer 1963 Corvan with a camping interior.

  10. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    Speedo runs off a little device located in the front driver’s wheel. Usually deformed or missing. Easy fix if you know what to look for.

    • James K Member

      Late model corvairs have a notoriously weak speedometer cable design. Clarks sells a reinforced repro for $50.

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