Another day, another cheap car hunt and today, I’m raising the limit for the Rough Start search in a one-time rational decision. Here’s the thing…as buddy Luke Finley pointed out in a video recently, good sheetmetal of vintage types are getting thin on the ground for just about any kind of hobbyist. You either have trash, people who think their yard art vehicles are worth a mint, or people who play by Barrett-Jackson rules for their otherwise decent vehicles. For someone who is looking for a nice, unique bit of classic iron, is the door shut? Not really, but it isn’t swinging open either. Getting out and hunting for a decent car is up to you.
So, why bump the budget up by a thousand dollars? That’s because this 1968 Chevrolet Corvair is for sale for exactly $6,000, and for once, I can’t rationalize attempting to bargain with the seller. The exterior is clean. The interior is clean. The car runs, though the seller admits it runs a bit rough, and there is nothing that leads us to believe that the car can’t at least be test-drove around a block or loaded onto a trailer and taken to wherever you need to go. You might even be lucky enough just need a weekend’s worth of time catching up on the upkeep before you have a sweet classic on your hands.
It isn’t everyday you find a later-model Corvair in good condition. It’s even rarer that it’s priced like a used Ford Focus. If you’ve been wanting something classic, why not try out GM’s air-cooled, rear engine machine? The suspension woes were gone for the second-generation cars and the flat-six had some pep to it. It’s no fire-breather, it’s no luxo-barge, but it’s something more: an attempt from GM to actually be innovative.