The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 32
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

Selling on Friday

1962 Chevrolet  Corvair Rampside

• A full ¾-ton payload in the 105” bed
• The most desirable of the forward control trucks
• Freshly painted in factory light blue paint
• A highly original example

145 cid flat-six engine, 80 HP, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel fully independent suspension with rear swing axle, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 95”

On October 2, 1959, Chevrolet introduced the 1960 Corvair, with the Volkswagen Beetle customers right in its sights. The American public had embraced the rear-engine economy car as practical and fun to drive, so in 1961, GM stepped up. The flat-six air-cooled engine sat somewhere between a VW and a Porsche in performance anyway, so they followed Volkswagen’s lead once again and brought out the Roadside and the Rampside work trucks.

Freshly painted in the factory light blue body with white trim, this Rampside will make any Corvair fan proud, with fine bodywork throughout and a sprayed-in bedliner out back. The engine compartment appears original, with a floor-mounted three-speed transmission attached. These light trucks are not fast but will reliably haul a full ¾-ton payload. This one rides on a set of custom GMC alloy wheels and modern radial tires. The real fun of this truck is the ramp side design, which was developed for easy delivery to a sidewalk for almost anything on wheels. This ramp works perfectly and it’s obvious that it has hardly been used. Inside, the cloth bench seat is in decent condition, with a highly original dash and a spartan work ethic throughout. Yes, there’s heat and defrost - although not much of either - but definitely tons of legroom and great visibility from the upright cab.

Ask any true Corvair fan - was the Rampside a success? They will point out that General Motors produced nearly 1.8 million total Corvairs over 10 model years, and it pioneered such technological advances as turbocharging, true four-wheel independent suspension and unibody construction, and its independent suspension was soon adapted for the Corvette. Fun to drive and always a conversation starter, this fine Rampside was just a decade or so ahead of its time but, today, the time might be just right for you to own one.

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