Seeing as it rocks a 350 in its nose, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Corvair could be considered to be bass-freaking-akwards. It has some other mods too that are just as eye-popping, but the question is, does this custom Chevy come with a price that you can all get behind?
Joe Walsh famously sang about a Maserati that went so fast that it left his driver's license in the dust. The result was that he had to make do with a limo. In the back. With the doors locked.
You could pretend to be Joe Walsh in yesterday's limo-like 2007 Maserati Quattroporte, which was priced so that almost anybody could fly like an Eagle. Unfortunately, as many of you pointed out, there's nothing more expensive than a cheap exotic, and that Italian four-door, which according to the ad was in need of some 'minor TLC,' dropped in a decisive 72% Crack Pipe loss.
Harder, better, faster, stronger... Today's 1966 Chevy Corvair is also a four-door, it too has a romper stomper V8, and it will get you noticed as you drive it owing to its unique proportions. Wait a minute, what the deuce, a V8 Corvair?
There's a long history of dropping V8s into Corvairs, the kit-maker Kelmark at one time offering both the Tory, which placed an entire Toronado drivetrain - 455 and all - behind the seats, and the Reverie, which traded the back seats for a V8 engine that was mated to the Corvair's stock 4-speed transaxle rotated 180°. The company claimed that two stout men could convert a 'Vair in a weekend, barring running out of beer.
This V8 Corvair looks to have taken longer than that to reach its current state, and unlike the kit cars, this one puts its SBC up front in what was once the car's trunk. That's backed up by a 3-speed THM350 and the drivetrain is masked inside by a tall console that looks to have been sourced from a '90s Pontiac. The arrowhead brand also looks to have been the donor of the seats.
That's not the only odd bodkin bit about this Corvair as it's also been shortened along with the switch in driving ends. The result is a car that looks almost stock, but is off enough to make you do a double take.
It's still a 4-door, with the rear ports hinged off the half-height center pillar, just like stock. They have been shortened however, to the point that the only way you'd fit through the opening is if you're a stick figure, and stick figures are usually too busy playing games of hangman to drive any place.
Why the truncated body along with the V8 in the trunk? Who knows, and the ad isn't telling. Maybe the builder didn't have a long enough driveshaft and felt shrinky-dinking the body was the easier route to take. More likely, the uni-body car is resting on some sort of frame and it was cut to match that. That's just a guess, however.
Whatever the reason, the whole thing is amazingly pretty professional looking. The rear doors, shorn of their handles, blend into the body giving the car the proportions of a coupe, only with strangely short front doors.
The glass in the back doors matches the roofline, making the whole thing lockable and seemingly watertight. Still, the car looks a little weird, and the placement of the moonroof - towards the back of the roof - doesn't help.
You need to help and decide if this one-of-a-kind Corvair is worth its $11,000 asking price. It's pretty likely that you couldn't replicate the build for anything near that, and of course this car would be a hit at pretty much every car show it attends, but is it all that and a bag of chips?
H/T to packard_rat for the hookup!
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