The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a 1959-1969 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa. We make the process of selling your 1959-1969 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Corvair was a small economical sports car built by Chevrolet between 1959 and 1969. Its name was a cross between two incredibly popular Chevy cars, the Corvette and the Bel Air. It performed so well that it was nicknamed the “Poor man’s Porsche.” It also had much in common with the Porsche, such as its flat-6 rear engine, rear-wheel drive and swing-axle suspension. Several versions were built, including a 2-door convertible, 2-door hardtop, 4-door hardtop (1965–67,) and 6-door van (1965.) It was much cheaper, with prices, depending upon year, model and options, ranged from $1920 to $2811.
The Corvair was the subject of much scorn after it was the subject of the Ralph Nader book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.” He pointed out design flaws, such as a lack of sway bars that made the car prone to accidents. This did not seem to hurt sales though, as each model year saw sales of over 200,000 units.
Even though the Corvair was not particularly rare, there is one special edition model that collectors find particularly desirable, the Corvair Corsa. The base Corvair came with a 95 hp engine with a 110 hp option. The Corsa had much more power, with a 180 hp engine. It came with larger brakes borrowed from the Chevelle, a stronger differential ring gear, a Delcotron alternator, as opposed to a generator that was on other models. It also came with a “Special Purpose Chassis Equipment” handling package, aka the “Z17,” consisting of a special performance suspension and quick ratio 16:1 steering box.
The Corsa was only in production for two years, but remains the most collectable of all the Corvairs.