Saturday, August 9, 2014

10k: No Pony Tails Allowed: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8

The second generation Chevrolet Corvair was released in 1965 and survived until 1969 when the cumulative damage from the political campaign from a young Ralph Nader put an end the only rear-engined automobile from a US company at the time.  It was the closest thing you could get to European handing from a domestic car from the 1960s and its air cooled flat-6 out back was a cool piece of engineering.  However, many Covair owners have chosen to up the fun factor by installing a big V8 where the rear seats used to be.  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8 offered for $10,000 buy-it-now on ebay, located in Versailles, KY.

This Corvair looks like a wreck from the outside; it is missing all kinds of trim, the paint is faded and the only thing it has going for it is a mean stance and some sweet Nascar style black steel wheels.

Inside is where things get long hair.  The ZZZ 350 cubic inch crate motor from GM should be good for around 350 horsepower and is sitting about 4 inches from your neck.  The brown pants factor in this car will be extremely high, even at idle.

See a better CorV8air with a less optimistic asking price?



  2. I have two words for you: fire wall (OK, maybe that is just one word).

    Back in the 70s, I used to race a Ford Anglia in autocross. To solve traction problems, we relocated the engine to where the passenger seat used to be. Protection was every bit as lacking as on this Corvair. So, I know exactly what this driving experience would be like..... and I still wanna do it!

  3. To make this car even more frightening than it already is, add the below supercharger/arm rest:

  4. Man that's my kind of ride. Only a few things I would do... Add a steel firewall behind the seats and some kind of plexi lid above the engine. Then source some of the missing trim and give the paint a polish. Then drive drive drive.

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    1. What an offensive, long user name you have.

  6. "The better to def-eat you with, my dear!" and the left wing nut jumped out of the Corvair and gobbled poor Little Red Euromoto up.

    But just then, an editor happened to be scrolling by, heard the commotion and burst into the garage.

    "Spit out that commenter this instant, you nut" the editor commanded, "and change your name to something more manageable, like that guy SlowMPGcarLOL whatever."

    So DefeatFarRightWingNuts2012 spit out Euromoto, condensed his or her name to Defuts, and they all jumped back into the Corvair for a round of root beer floats down at the Whiz Burger Drive-In, where they ran into some other car nuts from just down the street, I mean literally, like a block.

    "I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your car blog down!" said... SSSHHHHHZZZZZZZTTTTTT KABOOOOM!!! A small asteroid the size of an E39 water pump smashed into the parking lot, vaporizing everything within 20 mile radius.

    The End

    1. OK. I was drunk when I wrote my obnoxious comment. What's your excuse?

  7. are you still drunk? - if so: shrooms - if not: i guess i think i'm funny - none of which changes the fact we are in approximate agreement that a nom de plume like "DefeatFarRightWIngNuts2012" is probably a smidge casually provocative for a forum like this, which has more of an escapist-tinkerer Weltanschauung, which is really all i was getting at - "Defuts" is surely an improvement, no?


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