1962 Chevrolet Corvair 500
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History of the 1960-1964 Chevrolet Corvair:
By the late 1950s, the success of foreign compact cars (most notably the VW Beetle) could no longer be ignored. GM bigwig Ed Cole demanded that Chevy field a response but was perhaps a bit slavish in his requirement that it also follow the rear engine air-cooled architecture of the Beetle. In terms of weight distribution, cooling and noise, it was far from ideal. The front-engine/front wheel-drive Austin Mini was the future, the Beetle was pre-war technology with a limited shelf-life. Nonetheless, the 1960 Corvair did have its share of redeeming features. Styling was clean and attractive, because there was no drive shaft hump or transmission tunnel, interiors were quite roomy. Sedan, convertible, coupe, wagon and even a van were available. The Corvair also pioneered exhaust gas-driven turbocharging. Ralph Nader looking to make a name for himself latched on to the swing-axle rear suspension, deeming it unsafe and the Corvair never recovered.
About this car:
This is a very original 1962 Corvair 500 with a three speed floor shift manual transmission. We have just completed a full oil change as well as installing a new battery, master cylinder, brake hoses and brake cylinders. In addition we had the generator and starter rebuilt and installed a new clutch release bearing. The car arrived to us with only the ignition key so we installed a new lock with two keys on the glove box and a new lock with two keys on the front trunk. We also just installed a new clutch and pressure plate.
The interior and engine bay are very original and the trunk has a good seal and still looks like new inside. The rubber floor is in excellent shape and would be great with a little cleaning. The car starts right up and drives nice would make a great summer car. Possibly having the original paint still there are many dents and scratches with a larger dent in the right rear quarter. The paint and chrome still looks good and the car would look great at your local cruise-in.
AS-IS NO WARRANTY
YOU WILL PAY ALL COSTS FOR ANY REPAIRS. The dealer assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about this vehicle.
Engine: 6-cyl. 145cid
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Red
Transmission: 3-Speed Manual
Options: Removable Radio
Power Options: None