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This 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Reminds Us of When Pickups Were Weird- seniorhelpline.info

This 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Reminds Us of When Pickups Were Weird

Not all American pickups have their engines up front.

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We tend to think the layout of the American pickup truck—ladder frame, bed in back, engine up front—hasn't changed in a hundred years. And that's mostly true: as , a 1918 Half-Ton and a 2018 Silverado share this basic layout, as do most of the pickups in between. But for a time, America's pickup truck manufacturers experimented with some much weirder things, like .

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The Corvair 95—so named because it has a 95-inch wheelbase—was based on the Corvair sedan, Chevy's answer to Volkswagen. Like all other Corvairs, this truck is powered by a rear-mounted air-cooled flat-six.

Yes, you could go into a Chevrolet dealer in 1962, and buy a rear-engine pickup with no radiator. And amazingly, this wasn't the only oddball American pickup of the 1960s—Ford offered , and Dodge did similar . Both were cab-over-engine layouts, with a blunt nose like the Corvair 95.

But while the Ford and Dodge pickups used a more conventional front-engine layout, the Corvair 95 was most similar to the VW Type 2 pickup. The VW never sold in large numbers in the US thanks to ," which placed a 25-percent import duty on foreign-made pickups when it was enacted in 1963.

Not that Chevy's US-made VW-competitor pickup did all that well. As , fewer than 21,000 were sold during its four-year production run. Its domestic competition didn't fare well, either—the Ford was cancelled in 1967, while the Dodge only made it to 1970.

That makes a rare find. It's unclear if this pickup is restored or just extremely well preserved, but in any case, it looks very nice. This is a Rampside version, too, where part of the bed on the passenger side folds down for easy cargo loading. We think that makes it pretty much perfect for transporting motorcycles.

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The seller is looking to get $22,000, which is perhaps a lot by Corvair standards, but then again, this isn't your average Corvair. It's a rare, fascinating glimpse into a bizarre era of the venerable American pickup truck.

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