On the Block
Here's a trio of interesting cars that we found in different auctions and/or for sale online.
1963 Corvair Monza
A find on our local Craigslist, this lightweight was listed for $2,250. For that you get a seemingly solid (but needs paint and a couple of small rust fixes) turbo Corvair. Not many of these were built, but they were well known to give imported sports cars a serious run for their money. The seller even has a new hood he's throwing in as part of the deal.
1962 Corvair Greenbrier Camper Van
With nostalgia cruising gaining more ground every year, finding a vintage road trip vehicle is becoming more popular for people who want to enjoy something that's family and long range trip friendly. Well, it'd be tough to find something better than this super clean '62 Greenbrier camper van. While the 80 HP 145 flat six won't win any races, it'll give you solid air-cooled reliability to get you to the destination. This one features custom cabinets built by the original owner, Coleman cooler, camp stove, and all sorts of other vintage accessories. It sold at the Mecum Monterey auction for a mere $9,000, and still has all its original paint and interior.
Back on Craigslist, we found this project with potential not far from the Super Chevy office. For $2,500 you can own a complete (except for missing engine) '63 Impala that also has a clean Tennessee title. The owner says the interior is complete, but needs work, most of the chrome trim and taillights are in the trunk, and the passenger and trunk floors appear to be solid.
This was another sale at the Mecum Monterey event, and it definitely qualifies as a bargain. For a mere $21,000 (less than the price of a fifth-gen V-6 Camaro) someone left the auction with a pristine '68 Camaro. A base 327 V-8 car, this one has the factory fold down rear seat, front buckets with console, full documentation, protect-o-plate, and original dealer installed air conditioning. A perfectly clean slate to either leave as is, or build into the Camaro you wanted. You couldn't find one and restore it for that price!
Unrestored, Ultra Rare Z-11 Bubbletop Sells at Mecum Monterey
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Before Chevy went into its self-imposed racing exile in the ‘60s, the factory was working hard to keep the nameplate at the front of NHRA racing. The gurus at the skunkworks eventually came up with the famed Z-11 package for the lightweight Bel Air bubbletops. It consisted of aluminum fenders, hood, bumpers, and support pieces, along with a performance upgrade that included a new intake and camshaft for the 409 that resulted in output climbing to 425 HP. Not many were built in the two year run, and even fewer survived the rigors of drag racing through the '60s and '70s.
This particular '62 sets an even higher mark, being a documented survivor, with only 572 miles on the odometer and its numbers matching engine still between the framerails. It went up for sale at the Mecum Monterey auction back in August, and went to a new home for $200,000.
New Crate Engines Coming from Chevrolet Performance
We've been hearing rumblings from Detroit that Chevrolet Performance has been working overtime the last two years on a major revamp of its line of Gen I small-block crate engines. Well, our sources there are still very tight lipped on details, but told us to be ready for some unveilings at the 2013 SEMA Show. So, all we can do is tell everyone to watch SuperChevy.com the week of November 5th for when we can post about what Chevrolet Performance unveils, along with the other cool stuff we spot at the show.