It's no secret that we love wagons, just browse through our featured cars. When it comes to rear engines our aspirations are more Stuttgart-focused, but they were originally seeded by our father's love of Corvairs: especially the Monza. So, if we combine a wagon, a “big” motor in the back, and some strong familial ties, this 1962 Corvair Monza is about custom made for Moto Roster.
The Corvair / Lakewood / Greenbrier family counted all manner of vehicles including coupes, convertibles, trucks, vans, and this wagon. Built for only two years, the 1962 model received the Corvair name along with the option of the Monza's additional power. Further adding the the rarity is a 4 speed which is a nice combination with the more powerful motor.
The higher than normal rear area necessitated by the rear engine layout cuts into cargo room and generally rules out the 3rd row seating / kids play area that was common in competitors at the time. The spare resides under the front hood cutting into cargo storage as well.
Concerns aren't really about how much stuff could be hauled, it's more about where it's hauled. Some people have claimed that handling on these was a bit sketchy at speed, so a few hundred extra pounds of wagon metal and glass hanging out back can't help. Add to that a few more hundred pounds of cargo and things could get interesting.
Claimed to be a 2 owner vehicle in original condition, it presents well in photos with new tires, and a running (and leaking) motor. Window seals need to be replaced and one piece of wing glass has a crack. No rust is shown, though no undercarriage shots are included. A photo of the front trunk looks either incredibly pristine or sprayed.
The red interior looks more than presentable with the 4 speed looking a bit awkward hanging over the stock split bench, but we're all about awkward.
This checks all of our boxes, the only thing theoretically missing is a turbo and/or a diesel. A diesel wouldn’t suit this family hauler but it would be interesting to fit one of the 150HP Corvair turbo motors in this and really get a white knuckle wagon experience.
Keep Ralph Nader up at night by buying this 1962 Corvair Wagon on eBay. We made it all the way to the end before making an "Unsafe at Any Speed" joke.
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