Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Cash Is King: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo

DT's own Hunsbloger found this Corvair on his hourly search for 'Vairy good deals, but this might just be a deal that is too good to be true.  If you are going to get a Corvair, the 2nd generation Corsa Turbo hardtop is the one to get, so finding one for a significant discount off the going rate (even if it needs paint) means you should tread lightly and see this one in the flesh before handing over any cash.  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo offered for $5,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

I'm normally a strong subscriber to the theory that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn't...however, perhaps what we have here is a car that needs a paint job and a seller who is either a few years behind on current pricing or wants a quick/easy sale.

Out back is the 2.7 liter flat-6 that powered all Corvairs, but this one is factory boosted to make 180 horsepower and mated to a 3-speed or 4-speed manual gearbox.

The interior looks okay for the asking price, but when you do paint you'll need to replace all the weather striping and rubber parts -- but just remove the old crusty stuff before you send it to paint and replace them with new stuff when you get it home.

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  1. Looks like a car guy. Needs $$$ to fix up his... 280Z? (guessing from the pix)

    Nice classic in the background on the one pic. Is that an air cooled Porsche I see up in the air?

    Help me out here... my eyes ain't what they used to be...

    1. Stan I think whatever is up in the air is a 4 door... but what do you think the white/grey primered car is in the picture of the rear view of the Corvair? I think I see two headlights on one side so I was thinking 1960 Vette but don't see scallops into the door and is that the glare off a single windscreen or off the steering wheel? Any ideas?

  2. I like the car as is. Don't need no shiny paint for me... It is a bit odd that the seller shows his other wrecked car giving it as the reason he needs to sell the Corvair. The 180 hp and manual trans would be fun to drive..

  3. Well up on the first page of my automotive bucket list, but the garage and driveway are still full right now.

  4. I want to see one of these raced against a Yenko version and the Judson supercharged one featured a couple of weeks ago. At the strip and on a track.

    1. Every generation of 'vair has its weaknesses, if you want '60s as the baseline then the '65+ Yenko will kick everyone's ass 'cause earlier cars have swing-axle jacking and the turbos have TONS of lag and the 140HP four-carb setup does much better in the real world.

  5. This is next on my bucket list too...one day...one day


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