Enigma Unveiled: Chevrolet Corvair Found in a Forest Marks an Extraordinary Discovery

While the Impala was Chevy’s superstar during the ’60s, it wasn’t the only nameplate that brought home the bacon. Models like Chevelle, Nova, and Corvair managed to build solid customer bases, eventually becoming iconic nameplates that collectors are drooling over even after several decades.

The Corvair was one notable release, with the production exceeding 1.8 million units during the initial run between 1960 and 1969. Chevrolet only launched two generations, the first of which debuted in 1960 and remained in production until 1964.

Someone on Craigslist has posted what looks to be a first-generation Corvair, though the lack of information makes even the model year uncertain.

The car was posted online earlier this weekend, and the owner decided to let the photos speak for themselves without sharing any specifics. While I find this Corvair very intriguing, the photos don’t tell the full story, making it impossible for potential buyers to tell if the car is worth a complete restoration or should be used for parts.

As far I can tell, the Corvair looks like a 1963 or 1964 model year. My assumption is based on the grille design, as the 1965 model year introduced a new front layout, with the horizontal bar placed higher – however, please use the comment box after the jump if you believe otherwise. The first number in the VIN appears to be 3, though I can’t tell it for sure, considering the potato-quality image.

The car is rough, and while part of the engine is still in the car, I wouldn’t expect good news. The metal is likely wreaked, especially on the undersides, where the floors have probably been invaded by rust and other damage. The trunk pan should also be destroyed due to the rust invasion.

We’re not getting a closer look at the cabin, but given the windshield and the side windows are shattered, it’s safe to say the interior requires a full overhaul.

The missing information could make many potential buyers to walk away, especially because it’s impossible to tell if the car is still complete. It looks like a good project at first glance, but a complete and original setup would make it more desirable, eventually increasing the chances for this Corvair to receive a second chance (and the owner to make easy money with a classic pulled from a forest).

The seller doesn’t expect to sell this Corvair for a small fortune, as they are ready to let it go for the price of a new iPhone. However, they also admit that you should use this Corvair for parts, suggesting that the awful condition might not allow complete restoration. It’s an honest assumption, but I believe you should inspect the car in person, especially because you’re not getting too many accurate specifics. You can find the car in Durham, North Carolina, likely still in the same place. 

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