1961 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier
Wow - isn't this the grooviest van ever? Canadian import; scope to turn it into what you want; interesting alternative to a VW Camper
Dating from 1961 this most appealing van is a Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagen to give it its full title.
Purchased by our vendor from a farm dispersal sale while on vacation in Ontario, Canada in Spring 2021, it remained with his chum in Winnipeg until he worked out how to get it to the UK.
Purchased in the current state, the Canadian owner had begun to restore it with a camper conversion as the end goal, but he died before it was finished (hence the disbursement sale) although looks to have spent some money on the shell which looks remarkably solid including the underside, brakes and suspension.
Our man got it back and removed the tank to clean it and also the carbs following time standing, and found the clutch is slow to return – to the extent we have been unable to drive it around on site, but fortunately it rolls with ease, the engine starting and running.
Our vendor also got it UK registered and had it MOTd for that process using the Vin number. The history file includes the V5C, dating confirmation from the ACUK (American Cars UK) club confirming it to be from 1961, an R126 Greenbrier model built in St.Louis.
The engine lives under the rear floor area and is the 2,372cc flat six cylinder “Chevrolet Turbo-Air Six” engine (it’s not turbocharged) and is an air-cooled unit that develops c98bhp as a 1961 version with three-speed manual transmission.
With six doors, access is very good and a bare interior, the choice is yours on what to do with it – it could make an epic day van, or camper conversion or just something phenomenally cool to rock around in as a daily or bit of summer fun.
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