The Chevy Corvair Greenbrier, AKA the Corvair 95 for its 95-inch wheelbase, debuted for the 1961 model year. Similar to the Volkswagen Transporter in approach, the Greenbrier had a forward control design with the air-cooled 145 cubic-inch horizontally-opposed six cylinder located in the rear of the vehicle underneath the raised floor. The boxer-style engine produced 80 horsepower, and transmitted it to the rear wheels via a standard three-speed manual, four-speed manual, or optional two-speed Corvair Powerglide automatic gearbox.
The Chevy Corvair Greenbrier was the van variant of the platform, with two doors up front, two on the passenger side to access the rear seats, and two in the back to access the cargo area and engine. The Greenbrier could be configured to seat up to nine, and there was an optional camper configuration. The since the heater could not use engine coolant as in traditional water-cooled engines, it operated on gas from the gas tank.
The Chevy Corvair Greenbrier would eventually be phased out as Ford, Chrysler, and eventually GM would introduce compact vans powered by traditional water-cooled engines positioned between the front seats. These vans could be made with lower floors in the back, allowing for easier loading of cargo.
Our feature 1962 Chevy Corvair Greenbrier van is one of the nine passenger models. It is powered by the 145 cubic-inch air-cooled flat-six that moves power to the rear wheels through the four-speed manual transmission. The Greenbrier is finished in Coronna Cream with a brown accent stripe over a light tan vinyl interior. It has triple bench seats, roll-down rear windows, an aftermarket AM-FM radio, aluminum running boards with courtesy lights, and a roof-mounted chrome luggage rack accessible via a rear door-mounted ladder. The whole affair rolls on American Racing wheels shod in new whitewall tires, though the original hub caps are included in the sale.
This 1962 Chevy Corvair Greenbrier van will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Las Vegas, Nevada event taking place November 9th through the 11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.