Keith’s Blog: The Corvair I Let Get Away

The Corvair was exactly as described — EXCEPT—it wore a cheapie respray from years ago, the seats had Wal-Mart covers (poorly installed), and all exterior chrome strips were missing, as well as the chrome around the front and rear glass. Oh, and the engine had a tappet knock, and a vintage, pungent smell emanated from the car’s rear end, due to oil dripping onto the exhaust manifold.


It drove well enough, and I liked the fact that the rear seat folded down completely flat. The dash-mounted shifter had a certain “cool” factor and the light steering was a plus.

But it wasn’t the car for us. Even if I had offered $2,000 and became an owner, the car was a bottomless pit that could never be made right. I hate to walk away from any car, especially a model I haven’t owned before, but I’d be much better off finding a good one and paying too much. Well, a little too much.

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Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market, now in its 33rd year. Keith has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and had his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity. He has received many honors, including the Lee Iacocca Award, the Edward Herrman Award, was inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame and more. He is on the boards of directors of The LeMay Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater, and was formerly the chair of the board of the Meguiar's Award.

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