Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday. As many of you know, I have a rather soft spot for old Corvairs, and while doing a little research for a truck posting, I landed on this cherry Corvair Rampside on Auto Trader Classics. This was one of those General Motors innovations during the early 60’s that the public didn’t really get. See if you can “get” it now….
The commercial Corvair Truck series was badged “Corvair 95” for its wheelbase. Three models were offered – Corvan, Loadside, and Rampside. The Corvan was a panel van. The Loadside was a pickup with conventional double-walled box and rear tailgate, while the Rampside added a door on the right side of the bed that folded down to form a ramp. Unique to Corvair, this feature allowed heavy loads to be rolled instead of lifted into the bed, and Chevrolet sales literature never missed a chance to illustrate it. The top edge was covered with rubber to protect it when lowered to the ground or curb. The cargo bed was longer than a conventional truck’s bed, but wasn’t level. The rear half of the floor had to be raised to clear the engine. They were only offered between 1961 and 1964, and there were very few buyers for these unique pickups (around 2,000 per year).
Which brings us to this 1962 White and Black Corvair 95 Rampside. This is being offered by a private seller, and according to the listing:
My Dad bought this truck new in 1962 and it’s been in the family ever since. Not driven very often. Great old truck that is fun to drive & brings lots of comments from on-lookers! Only selling because I’m retiring & cannot drive a stick shift any more. Needs to go to a good home!
It has around 79,000 miles on the clock, newish paint, and the seller states that he has upgraded the engine somewhat. New tires, period rims, and new upholstery complete the package. Selling price is $8,950, which seems to be an OK buy considering the condition of the truck, but what do you really think of this Pickup from a Van? See the AutoTrader Listing here.