Wednesday, October 8, 2014

15k: Of Corsa You Want It! 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo

 Ever see a modified example of one of your favorite cars that looks about perfect?  Maybe its the color or wheels but you know when you see it and you instantly want it.  How about this little red Corvair?  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa currently bidding for $6,700 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go and a buy-it-now of $14,800 on eBay, located in Sheboygan Falls, WI.

DT's own resident Corvairentologist Hunsbloger says bidding on this one should reach to $12k easily, its always those last $3K that are hard to come buy unless someone else has your same taste.  Absolutely love the stance, chin spoiler and wheels/tires on this one though.  Cutting the springs isn't the best way to lower height and maintain ride, but the engineer inside me says F=kx...what is the problem?

You pay a huge premium for the turbo, but most owners could just as easily be satisifed with a Weber set up.  The 180 horsepower rating comes from the days of SAE gross horsepower estimates and the 2.7 liter turbocharged flat-6 will be lucky to put 100 horsepower to the pavement. 

A quick look inside shows a nicely preserved or restored interior and, of course, the required 3-pedal setup.  The middle pedal will be shockingly effective because it has updated brakes (dual circuit master cylinder).

See a better looking medium-low budget classic?


  1. You remember what happened the time your first girlfriend hiked up her sundress above her thighs, scooted across the bench seat, and stuck her tongue in your ear?

    Yeah, that.

    This thing is almost that good.

    18in wheels are overkill, though

  2. We usually agree with your observations, but I gotta disagree. The choice of wheels really completes the look. I will admit to remaining a little concerned about ride harshness with the clipped springs and short sidewalls though.

    You are totally right about the girlfriend thing. My greatest advantage in being this old...remembering those peasant tops from the '70's!

    1. and he means the 1870's - OG peasants

    2. Yeah, when Craigslist was only available on stone tablets at the top of a mountain!

    3. i'm imagining some grizzled homeric bard, doing a cliffhanger on odysseus and rattling off an advert like "pristine X-XXXIV chariot for sale, low millaria - these are in great demand - see it today outside the taverna, ask for luke - will trade for XP-XXXVIII"

    4. Of course, there would be the guy who never ties his toga and always SPEAKS IN ALLCAPS. You'd see a lot of barn find horses: Alive when parked.

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    6. It's appropriate that we're talking about bench seats in Roman chariots, because I'm sure with the 18in wheels that APB Red Corvair probably rides like one.

      Seriously, it looks great, but I think it'd look just as good and be more livable with 17s of a similar pattern, or even maybe a little less spoky - something like one of the E39 BMW 5-series patterns.

      If I were to buy it I'm afraid the carb-turbo motor would have to go, give me something with a stand-up cooling fan and independent-runner EFI...

  3. Once upon a time I disposed of my bench-seated vehicle in favor of a much newer set of wheels with gorgeous red velour bucket seats.

    I went to pick up a young woman of my acquaintance (okay, I was young then too), and as with so many interactions between individuals at that age at least in the pre-Facebook days, it wasn't entirely clear where we stood.

    I open the door, she takes one look inside. Her words, still seared into my mind: "Oh, that won't do at ALL".

  4. This thing rocks! If I was in any sort of place where I could cover another car I would be on this one. Yeah agree with concerns on springs and 18's but both can be cleaned up/changed. But it looks good and I can't argue with the stance one bit. Before dropping BIN I sure would like to drive it. And great series of comments, made my afternoon.

  5. I don't care what anyone says about this vair. I'd get some proper springs for a static drop (even if they had to be made) keep the ride height as is and rip it up until the engine died. Then it would be time for a scoobadoo engine.


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