Wagon Wednesday – This is probably the Finest 1965 Chevy Corvair Greenbriar Van Ever…

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It has been a while since I have writted a proper Wagon Wednesday Feature, and the Snowpocolypse that the Northeast recently experienced has given me enough time to show all of you what is probably the nicest Corvair Forward Control Greenbriar Wagons in the country. You all know my fascination with Corvairs, and the fact that my family once owned a Greenbriar Wagon ties everything together. This is an especially rare 1965 8-door model, one of the more unusual variants. The auction has ended without reaching the reserve, but so what… This is an unusual thing of wonder. Tell me you wouldn’t like to own it…

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According to the detailed listing:

From the Bill Jabs collection of award winning Corvairs comes this spectacular Greenbrier Deluxe 8 door. 1965 was the last year of Greenbrier production, a metalworker’s strike delayed the introduction of Chevrolet’s new Handyman/Sportsman van and Greenbriers were used as a stop gap measure. Just 1,528 were made over a 2 month period, the optional 8 door versions were of course made in even more limited numbers and the Deluxe version of those were rarer still. This particular Greenbrier has been professionally restored and has traveled approximately 100 miles since restoration. It scored 98.40 points at the CORSA International Convention in Ventura and was granted the Bill Mitchell Award for Best in Show.

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I have featured cars from Cascadia Classic before, and this is a Collector Car Dealer that seems to excel in the vehicles that they offer and represent. This is a better than new Greenbriar Van, with a lot of NOS parts, and it should be a collectible coveted for years to come. Remember, 1965 was a stop-gap year for the Chevrolet Van (They were only produced for a couple of months before the new Chevy Sport Van arrived). This particular wagon is equipped with the two-speed powerglide, so performance can be described as leisurely. Top bid before the auction closed was $42,500, and it didn’t reach it’s reserve. Boy, have values for these vans shot up… Anyway, tell me what you think after viewing the Auction Listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”391030066960″ linktext=”1965 Chevrolet Corvair FC 95 Greenbrier ” ]
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  1. stigshift Avatar

    I've always loved the Cor-Vans. They're like an American interpretation of the VW Bus, but with more power. I would love to have that, but much like with the VW, I think they are best when served with a manual trans.

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    Such a meticulous restoration and yet the fan belt still isn't on straight.

    1. stigshift Avatar

      If I ever own a Corvair of any kind, I will never leave home without 37 spare fan belts.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I briefly owned a '65 Monza convertible and always carried two.

    1. 7FIAT's Later Avatar
      7FIAT's Later

      I really like the idea of a rampside, I can think of so many times it would come in handy.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      A rampside Greenbriar would be the ultimate dog hauler for elderly dogs!

  3. 1977chevytruck Avatar

    I knew it! I knew I saw this somewhere else! I'm not crazy! (Okay, that's a lie)
    Thanks for showing it though. Its a cool vehicle and an amazing restoration. The more people that see it, the better.

  4. Rover_1 Avatar

    Everyone seems to have forgotten that at this time GM showed the world's very first fuel cell powered vehicle, the 1966 Electrovan, although not based on the Corvair platform like the Electrovair, it was definitely from the same design team.
    Unveiled fully 28 years before Mercedes Benz brought out, in 1994 what they introduced as the first fuel cell powered vehicle before being corrected.
    A reminder of the time when high technology was American.
    From GM's own press release,
    "Electrovan’s fuel cell powerplant supplied a continuous output of about 32 kilowatts and a peak output of 160 kilowatts. It consisted of 32 thin-electrode fuel cell modules connected in series. The motor and control system on the Electrovan were mounted between and under the two front seats. Located beneath the floor were the 32 fuel cell modules interconnected by some 167 meters (550 feet) of plastic piping. Also part of the installation were cryogenic hydrogen and oxygen tanks and an electrolyte reservoir mounted behind the middle bench seat. About 45 gallons of potassium hydroxide were required to fill the modules, the piping and the reservoir. This electrolyte alone weighed 250 kg (550 lbs) bringing the van’s total weight to 3220 kg (7,100 lbs)."
    If it sounds like a big explosive chemistry set full of dangerous reactive chemicals, it's because it was.
    Only used on GM's proving ground where one mishap blew parts of the vehicle a quarter mile away, the van came equipped with a trough ' large enough for a man to lie in' full of fire retardant foam.
    The Smithsonian turned down the offer of a gift of the Electrovan on safety grounds, the same reason that only a select, (lucky?), few GM engineers drove it. GM retains ownership to this day, although the van is inoperable (obviously).
    <img src="http://www.cyberstyle.ru/misc/Image/ublog/180307/GM_ev/img_1730.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/images/GM/general-motors-electrovan.jpg&quot; width="500">
    <img src="http://www.loxlee-loves-engines.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ElectroVan-interior.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/GMC/66-Electrovan_Exp-DV_10-GM_001.jpg&quot; width="660">
    <img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1358/1299263850_6208df970a_o.jpg?width=1024&height=770&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/GMC/66-Electrovan_Exp-DV_10-GM_002.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. UDMan Avatar

      Ah, thanks for bringing this up… It's time for UDMan's Retro Reading, and I wrote a very brief post about these two way back in July of 2010…

    2. RahRahRecords Avatar

      I love the fact that there are seats on top of tanks of potentially explosive chemicals. Add a sunroof and you've got James Bond style ejectors.

      1. RahRahRecords Avatar

        OK, in front of, not on top of…who needs a sunroof when you can launch your enemies out the windshield?

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    We have a couple of pretty spectacular Greenbriers in our club (NTCA) that are senior division (you have to score 93+ points in two consecutive concours events) cars in CORSA judging.