Most pickup vans comply with a well-known template: engine within the entrance, mattress within the again. That isn’t the case with this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair pickup, featured on a current episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage.”
This truck is one among a number of variants of the rear-engine, air-cooled Corvair, conceived by Common Motors to fulfill rising demand for smaller, extra inexpensive vehicles. Chevy supplied the Corvair in almost each physique model, encompassing sedan, coupe, convertible, station wagon, and van variants, alongside the pickup truck. Yenko even created a efficiency model of the Corvair coupe, referred to as the Stinger.
the Corvair might be greatest identified for being focused by client advocate
Ralph Nader in his 1965 guide Unsafe At Any Velocity, which held up the
automotive’s swing-axle rear suspension for example of automakers placing cost-cutting
forward of security. Fallout from the guide, and Nader’s congressional testimony,
laid the groundwork for at this time’s automotive security rules. Chevy launched
an up to date Corvair with redesigned rear suspension, and continued promoting the
mannequin till 1969.
Within the pickup truck, the Corvair platform allowed for a van-like cab-forward configuration. Nevertheless, in contrast to the same Ford Econoline and Dodge A100 pickups, the driving force and passenger didn’t should share house with an engine. Within the Corvair, the engine is positioned beneath the mattress on the rear of the chassis. That 145cid flat-6 produces 80 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, which is shipped to the rear wheels by way of a 4-speed guide transmission.
The unibody truck rides on a 95-inch
wheelbase, in contrast with 108 inches for different Corvair variants. As for this
specific Corvair truck, it’s a ramp-side mannequin, which had a ramp on one aspect
of the mattress along with a standard tailgate. The truck can carry 1,500
kilos of cargo, in keeping with Leno, nevertheless it doesn’t have a flat mattress flooring,
Leno stated he discovered this truck lower than a mile from his Santa Barbara-area store. It was in tough form, however that meant it solely price $600. Watch the video to see its fully-restored glory.
This text was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial accomplice of ClassicCars.com.