The Unusual and Sleek 1968 Chevrolet Corvair

Few classic cars have a devoted following like the 1968 Chevrolet Corvair and with good reason. This rear engine wonder was first nicknamed the “poor man’s Porsche”, for bringing a sense of style and fun to the average family at an affordable price.

Chevrolet Corvair Sedan, Schaffen Diest Fly-Drive 2013

1968 Chevrolet Corvair image by Robrob42 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’68 Corvair looked like nothing else on the market at the time, smaller and less curvy than other American made autos, they gave off an aura of foreign durability.

1968 Corvair Color Options

On top of the usual look, the 68 Chevy Corvair color options were plentiful, coming in black, white, red, yellow, maroon, gold, ivory and several other shades of greens, teals, and blues. These included Grotto Blue, Fathom Blue and Island Teal to fit a wide variety of aesthetics.

’68 Corvair Specs

In addition to the air cooled, rear mounted engine, the 1968 Corvair Specs were a little different from other models, with an all-independent suspension and unit construction that allowed it to handle like a sports car. The engines were made to bolt together in 4-, 8- or 10-cylinder configurations. One of which, the 10-cylinder front-wheel-drive setup, was later used in the development of the Oldsmobile luxury car, the Toronado.

The Collectible 1968 Chevy Corvair

The 1968 Chevrolet Corvair remains one of the last affordably priced collector cars available. Its hardy fan base ensures that parts and repairs are easy to come by as well. It has been one of the most discussed and studied cars in the past 50 years. It’s a head turner with its unusual looks for a great price.

References:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-07-12/news/0907090687_1_chevrolet-corvair-motor-trend-heater
http://www.danjedlicka.com/classic_cars/corvair.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-23/why-you-should-buy-a-1960s-chevy-corvair-right-now
https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits/Corvair/1968-Chevrolet-Corvair.pdf
https://corvaircorsa.com/pntcpc68.html

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