Weekend Edition – A Brown 1962 Corvair Greenbriar Camper Van at the Mecum Auctions Monterey 2013

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I found this over at the Brown Car Society Facebook Page, and I just had to share it with the rest of you, because I know you can never get enough weird Corvairs… This is a 1962 Corvair Greenbriar Van conversion, equipped with a grouping of period correct camping accessories… Let’s see if we can guess how much it will sell for.

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According to the Auction Listing:

Lot T183 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Camper Van.
– Original paint and interior
– Rebuilt 145/80 HP engine with correct forward control 60-63 block
– Original 4-speed transmission
– New brake master cylinder, brakes and shocks in 2011
– Gas heater/defrost works very well
– Pop top camper with screens, window privacy curtains with screens on roll down rear window
– Custom cabinets built by the original owner with lots of storage specifically designed for (all of which are included), Coleman camp stove, Coleman cooler, folding chairs, original cookware and flatware, spotting scope and lantern, all vintage
– Original 75 plus page photo journal kept by the original owners documenting their adventures through North America and Canada
– Original invoice, purchase order and maintenance documentation receipts

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These vans were very well built (Much better than the Chevy Handi-Vans that replaced them in 1965). My family owned one back in the early 1970s, with a 4-speed stick. The brakes were the only weak feature (they let go, and since there was no dual master cylinder, stopping the truck was, well, an adventure!) but the rest of the van was solid, comfortable, and somewhat economical. Unlike any other van, two of the three side windows behind the driver rolled down instead of popping out. See the listing here, and tell me how you would like to own this bit of nostalgia.

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10 responses to “Weekend Edition – A Brown 1962 Corvair Greenbriar Camper Van at the Mecum Auctions Monterey 2013”

  1. stigshift Avatar

    Holy shit, that's amazing! Do any of you find yourself in the same mindset as me? If I won the Powerball I would buy things like this rather than an 83 zillion dollar Ferrari GTO or a '67 Fuelie Vette with 13 miles on it. I would buy 200 cool, drivable, enjoyable cars and come away smiling. And I'd camp my happy ass off in this. And my assorted VW campers, and GMC motorhomes, and old Airstreams, and Cadillacs, and wagons and motorcycles and…..

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Yep, I feel exactly the same. A Westy is better designed overall, but I like the look of this a lot.

    2. stigshift Avatar

      Yes, I know. I meant '57 Fuelie Corvette. Stupid fingers.

    1. CherokeeOwner Avatar

      "See Phyllis, I told you this would be a perfect fishing spot."
      "Shut up Bill. I'm still driving next time."

    2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      A rare photo of the prototype water cooled Corvair.

    3. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Proof that even in the 60s, fishing was boring.

  2. CherokeeOwner Avatar

    Classy, rarer than a VW Microbus Camper. I'd buy it.

  3. dukeisduke Avatar

    A very nice early 'brier, but I prefer the later ones, as there were improvements to things like the shift linkage. If I were buying this one I would want to know about things like the rear axle bearings, since good ones for FCs are not easy to come by. The gas heater is great to have if you live anywhere it gets cold.

  4. PushrodRWD Avatar

    All I have to say is Raplh Nader is a D!(K….
    and the Corvair Pick-up is also awesome, especially in a tight urban environment with that side ramp.
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