1962 Chevrolet Corvair 700
Rare Rear Engine Wagon
1962 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Wagon
- Fully Restored to Factory Specs
- Corvair Wagons only made in 1961 and 1962
- 2.4L 6-Cylinder
- Automatic Transmission
- 34k Original Miles
- New Tires, Brakes, Suspension, Interior, and Paint
1962 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Wagon
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“If you're looking for a cheerful Sixties collectible that will stand out at a car show, you might be in the market for a Corvair. But if you're looking for a car that will turn heads at a Corvair show, it's hard to beat a (Corvair) station wagon." -Hemmings, February 2009
The Hemmings writer chose the perfect word to characterize the Corvair 700 wagon: cheerful. And it's hard to conjure up a more cheerful—and distinctive—example of this rare American classic than the white-over-red-over red wagon offered here. Fully and beautifully restored, this '62 Corvair “700” (known as the Lakewood model in'61) is one of only 3,784 manufactured that year, and certainly one of the nicest still remaining on the road. No modifications were added to the car during the restoration process. Factory specifications were adhered to religiously, so this wagon looks just as it did on the original dealer's showroom floor. All wear items including suspension components, brakes, interior bits, and more were refreshed or replaced with new, factory-spec parts. Even the period-correct, narrow-stripe whitewall tires are new. Maybe best of all, the car was a perfect candidate for restoration: it has traveled a mere 34,000 original miles in total.
The car's exterior paint and trim offers ample evidence of the high-quality, price-is-no-object caliber of the restoration. The paint work is first class with an even shine on all surfaces. Body-panel fit and alignment is excellent. Chrome trim—from the headlight bezels, to the bumpers, window trim, taillight trim, door handles, and full wheel covers—displays virtually perfect finish. Tasteful, original badging is in place. The louvers on the car's rear flanks hint at how special the Corvair was in American automotive history.
The interior of the car continues to deliver on the high-restoration-quality theme. Red dominates, but with tasteful touches of white throughout. The dashboard is a straightforward design with lovely enhancements including turned-bright-metal trim for the instruments, factory AM radio surround, and glove box. The horizontal 100-mph speedometer is framed by a red steering wheel whose center emblem/horn ring features the period Corvair logo. Atop the dash is a freestanding clock and a slide-open ashtray. Red-on-red fabric upholstery is complemented by red carpeting throughout the cabin. Door trim includes the aforementioned white accent. The car's white headliner is flawless, as is the fully carpeted cargo area.
Under the hood, there's no engine, just the spare tire. Open the rear hatch, and there's still no engine, just the expanse of open floor. But beneath that floor is the heart of the Corvair, its 2.4-liter, horizontal 6-cylinder powerplant, an engine layout shared with none other than Porsche. The engine is accessed through a full-width floor panel as well as a drop-down service door in the rear body panel. Like the rest of the car, the engine is fully restored and perfectly functional. A sampling of its exhaust note can be found in the short video included at the Garage Kept Motors site. The car's undercarriage is spotless.
Hemmings summed up this classic car's appeal: “The Corvair wagon is an easy collectible to live with, frugal and flexible, and boasts terrific club and specialist support. Plus, you can bring one to a show, open the front and back ends, and invite the curious to figure out where the engine is.” Something tells us, that “Where's the engine?” trick would delight the next owner over and over again.