The Pick of the Day seems like it just drove out of a Ralph Nader nightmare, a 1968 Chevrolet Corvair with a 400-horsepower V8 perched behind its back axle.
But others among us see a totally cool resto-rod sleeper ready to run with the big boys and surprise the unwary.
“This handsome and well-built Corvair delivers in a big way,” according to the Macedonia, Ohio, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. “It’s expertly sorted, easy to drive, surprisingly polished, and yes, shockingly fast.
“The fact that it looks so docile and unassuming is only icing on the cake, and that’s just about the most delicious way to have fun on the road.”
What looks like a fairly normal Corvair coupe in clean condition is actually a muscle beast that has been expertly converted to handle the extra power and needed modifications. The lightweight compact must have crazy acceleration, although the seller says it’s also a relaxed driver ready for the open road.
“Beautifully engineered V8 Corvair. 355 cubic-inch Chevy V8, Oldsmobile Toronado transaxle (you keep your back seat!), laser-straight bodywork, full interior. What an incredible sleeper!” the seller adds.
There’s no word in the ad as to who performed the intricate work of stuffing a water-cooled Chevy V8 where an air-cooled flat-six would normally reside. However, the seller says, the conversion was done with an eye on keeping the Corvair functional as a regular car and authentic in appearance.
“Unlike the Crown conversion kits of the ’60s, which eliminated the back seat and put the engine over your shoulder, this slick Corvair has a full interior that looks almost completely stock,” the seller notes. The low-back buckets are standard Corvair pieces, and the dashboard will feel familiar to anyone who has driven a sporty Chevy from the ‘60s.
“Again, finish quality is excellent and you can tell nobody was phoning it in here – the carpets fit well, the headliner is taut, and all the weather seals were replaced so it seals up pretty well.
“Obviously, the forward-mounted trunk is not quite the same as it was, housing a giant aluminum radiator and beautifully fabricated aluminum duct work, as well as the gas tank and battery, which help give the Corvair decent balance.”
The conversion work is fully documented, the seller adds.
“We have a stack of receipts and invoices on this car about four inches thick, and every detail on the car just screams, ‘Cost no object!’ I didn’t total up all the receipts, but there’s easily $80,000 in this build and it shows everywhere you look.
“Finish quality is very good and it shows rather well with just over 2,200 miles since it was completed.”
Considering the unique nature of this Corvair and the fine workmanship that apparently went into it, the asking price seems quite reasonable at $34,900.
It would certainly provide some entertaining reactions as you roar away from the traffic light, leaving wide eyes and open mouths in your wake.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.