Electric Corvair Drains Batteries, Wallet; Blows Fuses, Minds

1966 Corvair Convertible Electric car for sale
We were about ready to feature this drop-top Corvair because it was just so freaking gorgeous. The four speed and 4.11:1 posi rearend complement a spruced up suspension and front disc brakes. Then there’s the small matter of the stonking 144 volt electric motor powered by 18 8 volt batteries…

1966 Corvair Convertible Electric car for sale
The rest are in the frunk

The conversion kit comes by way of electroauto.com (a site deserving a feature of its own). From what we can tell, it’s the high-end AC motor kit, which allows for regenerative braking leading to longer ranges. It charges off of a standard 120V wall jack. The irony of an electric version of the Green Party candidate’s nemesis is not lost on us.
1966 Corvair Convertible Electric car for sale
What’s the catch? Right now the bidding’s at $10.9k with the reserve not met and the $39,000 buy it now suggests it’s got a way to go.


  1. With a bunch of batteries up front and in the rear, I'll bet it has pretty good weight distribution, and handles pretty well. This is interesting (what Corvair isn't?), but it doesn't hold a candle to the Jagvair.

  2. While I'm not generally a fan of electric vehicles, there are some very interesting applications and when used for a performance reason makes sense (assuming you can finish the race).
    I can't help but thinking, though, that with that much potential energy just looking for a path to ground that maybe Nader needs to write a new book. Call it "Unsafe At Any Amps".

    1. I'd be curious if they can get it.
      Still, an A- condition Corvair convertible might be worth $10-15k, and the conversion kit is ~$15k, that's still nowhere near the asking price.

      1. You should not have told me that an A-condition Corvair convertible can be had for $10-15k. Yes, I had suspected as much, but I was lying to myself to keep my bank account safe and sound.

  3. I saw this car in person at John Force's car show in December, and it is pressed out. Not sure it's $39k pressed out, mind, but it looks bitchin' and the powertrain is cool.
    Also, it's worth noting GM actually built an electric Corvair 4-door hardtop concept in '66.
    This was the same year they built a fuel cell powered Chevy van. That's right, GM was toying with fuel cells 44 years ago.

  4. Smells_Homeless, you best keep off the crack pipe … I’ve rebuilt well or 60 Corvair transaxles, and all the years are quite robust, and in 1966 the Saganaw transmission was adopted, and with the exception of the case and clutch gear it was exactly the same Beefy transmission used in the Corvette at the time.
    In 1982, I got the use for a year of a 1966 Corvair Corsa with a Crown V-8 conversion (Chevy 327, 325 hp), and all that sweet V-8 torque was routed right through the nearly stock Corvair transaxle (4 spider gear conversion) without any problems what so ever, and I Hooned the ‘ell out of that car, you are soooo wrong.

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  6. have been associated & driven vairs from the first-to-last, am qualified vair mechanic and i have never heard such problems.
    two comments are special for the corsa: i- 1966/67 had a flock of improvements that was for the 2-year models ==only==.
    2- some of the carb & fuel pump problems are a direct problem with the formulated "epa" gas===== the fuel pump is capable of ruining the entire engine=== electric is the safe way.
    dedicated to my mentor -pete.

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