Open Roads, February | Lot 109
1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside
| Thörishaus-Bern, Switzerland
19 - 28 February 2021
- One of just 4,102 Rampside Pickups produced for 1962.
- Includes its FIVA Passport.
- Recently restored in the United States.
Chevrolet’s Corvair 95 series of trucks were introduced in 1961, one year following the debut of the revolutionary compact Corvair automobile. This was Chevrolet’s answer to the Volkswagen bus-type vehicles that started to become popular with retailers and tradesman. It got its name from the 95” wheelbase shared by all models within the line-up – the Greenbrier Sport Wagon, Corvan, Rampside Pickup, and Loadside Pickup. Like its passenger car sibling, the Corvair 95 featured an air-cooled, rear-mounted engine six-cylinder engine.
The Corvair 95 Rampside pickup features a very low centre cargo bed and a side gate which folds down onto a ramp for easy unloading and loading, especially for wheeled equipment. The rear of the cargo area is raised to clear the rear-mounted Corvair engine. Four thousand, one-hundred and two Rampside Pickups were built for the 1962 model year. The Rampside Pickup was discontinued after the 1964 model year.
The consigner purchased this car in April 2017 in France. The restoration was done in the United States and the vehicle was shipped to Europe shortly thereafter. In order to register the vehicle in Switzerland, some modifications were done to the vehicle in order to comply with regulations.
This Rampside Pickup includes its FIVA Passport. Finished in a striking orange and white two-tone combination, the consignor reports that the car is in excellent condition throughout. It is fitted with 1964- and later-model wire wheel covers and the Deluxe exterior trim which includes chrome bumpers and bright-finished mirrors. Accessory bed rails and a sunroof have been added, too.