1960 Chevrolet Corvair

700 Sedan
Mecum Orlando 2021
Wednesday, 28 July - Saturday, 31 July 2021
Sale Price
29 July 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 00769K118546. Blue with light blue roof over blue vinyl and cloth. 140/80hp, automatic, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, clear engine cover, original radio.

Evaluation: Rare first year Corvair and a long-time museum display car. The front bumper was rechromed at some point. The paint looks ancient but it isn’t original. Tidy original interior, but the driver’s side fabric has a few small rips. Original but seemingly maintained engine, visible under the nifty and very rare clear Plexiglass plastic cover. This car is a little rough around the edges, but it’s remarkable in that it even exists at all. People rarely saved early Corvairs, let alone more pedestrian sedan models like this.

Bottom Line: There were 14 Corvairs offered here out of the “Miami Corvair Collection.” Most were in driver-quality condition and were unexceptional in terms of equipment, but part of what made them interesting is that there were so many mundane base, automatic, four-door cars in one place. This one was made more appealing by its dealer-optional clear engine cover to show off that then-novel air-cooled six.

The bidders recognized that this is a rare car and afforded it to a high price for what it is, but remembered that this still a base Corvair sedan at the end and didn’t get too carried away. If it was a museum car it may need some sorting before hitting the road again, but both parties should be happy here.

by Andrew Newton
8 August 2021
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