Friday, May 24, 2019

V8 Mid Engine Custom: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair

The Chevrolet Corvair was a world changing car when introduced in 1960.  Its combination of subtle styling, aircooled alloy flat-6 out back and unibody construction was a fantastic machine that was the unfortunate recipient of the attention of a savvy young lawyer/politician named Ralph Nader who needed to make a name for himself.  But if a stock Corvair caused Mr Nader to write a book and then sue GM, then this next modified mid-engine V8 Corvair would have caused him to crapped his pants and run screaming for mommy. Find this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $10,000 in Fountain Hills, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:
1966 Chevrolet Corvair 
VIN: 105676W182310 
condition: good 
cylinders: 8 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 75 
paint color: red 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
type: convertible 
Custom body work by Gene Winfield. All new 1963 aluminum Buick V-8 motor mounted in rear with 4 speed automatic trans. Front wheel drive unit converted to rear wheels, less than 75 miles on entire build.

Other custom features include :

4 wheel disk brakes
Custom made aluminum 16 gallon gas tank
BMW hood latch rear opening
All new custom gauges
Custom sound system
Leather seats with fabric inserts
remote electric door openers.

One of a kind custom car, quality unique build.

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  1. Wow, if that really is a Gene Winfield creation, this is a very interesting car. For my preference, the automatic is a let down, but the build looks to be of very high quality. I'd like to know more about the history.

    1. Bobinott, the transverse mounting kind of limits the options for GM power plants. Same thing happens with mid-engined kit cars that use GM engines (many source Corvare transaxles, which were never designed to take kind of torque a beefy V8 can dish out...

      -Stan (...yeah...*that* Stan...)

  2. Can anyone figure out what Images 14/15/16 are in the C/L listing? Is that a trunk space aft of the engine??
    Looks like they dipped the thing in red with the radiator, brake booster, etc all the same color as the body.

  3. I like this one a lot hard to build for that money be nice to see some pictures out side from better angles to get a better look of car over all.


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