Not all Corvairs were cars. Starting in 1961, the controversial Corvair line included three half-ton trucks and a van-type sports wagon. The sports wagon was basically a delivery van with extra seats. General Motors billed the Corvair as the cheapest Chevrolet. The van was powered by a rear-mounted, air-cooled six-cylinder engine with a transaxle, and the driver sat forward of the front wheels. The side doors on both the vans and the sport wagon were double doors that opened outward, as on most cargo vans of the day. Chrysler's minivan with the sliding side door was still years away. Dodge and Ford offered similar vans and trucks in 1964, but they were standard front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicles. One of the most interesting of the Corvair trucks was a pickup with a side panel that folded down to make a ramp for easy loading at sidewalk level. The truck had a drop-down ramp on each side.

THE SPECS

Price $2,400

Engine Aluminum-block 144.8-cubic-inch air-cooled opposed six

Horsepower 80 at 4,400

Wheelbase 95 inches

Overall length 179.7 inches

Passenger capacity 7

HISTORICAL FACTS

Year 1963

President John F. Kennedy

Median family income $6,249

Dow Jones industrial average (year-end) 762.94

Academy Award movie "Tom Jones"

Milestone 24th Amendment, barring poll taxes, takes effect