- Corvair of the Month
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- Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:33 pm
- Location: Lake Chatuge Hayesville, NC
I also took these two 1965 Corsas (coupe and convertible) with the wife and kids to Germany from 1980-1983 while we were stationed near Ramstein Air Base, so we also experienced some of the joy of exploring Europe in a Corvair while serving in the military.
Congratulations on your excellent, original Corvair 500. I believe that most of these stripped, economy Corvair 500s were bought with few options and were worked hard and not treated with respect, so few of them survive in clean condition like yours.
Lake Chatuge, North Carolina
1966 Corvair Corsa Convertible
One fairly rare, but documented on the CCF, is a LM Corsa turbo with a "three speed" manual!!! The fours speed manual was an OPTION on all Corsa models. A fellow reported buying a new Corsa with the turbo engine option assuming it only came with a four speed. The car arrived at the dealer and when he drove it the car had the standard three speed transmission!!! Some salesman goofed on that order and lost the dealership the profit on the optional four speed. The fellow reported that he decided to keep the three speed since the wider gear spacing meant he could stay on boost longer in second gear and he "claimed" it would out run the four speed turbo cars. Interesting.
Old cars at shows tend to have every possible option and that's great, but it is interesting to see a "basic" 500 and they are not common anymore.