“undesirable” Collector Cars That Have Skyrocketed In Value

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  1. The Champ

    The Champ Veteran Member

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    My Hagerty Insurance newsletter had an interesting article on this topic.

    One of the cars was the Corvair.

    My younger brother had a '66 back in the day. It was a great car.

    Ralph Nader's opinion be damned...
     
  2. twozs

    twozs Veteran Member

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    I saw one break away from a tow and hit a tree at about 20 mph head on . Ruptured the fuel tank and emptied the tank in about 60 seconds. The tank was in the front .All it needed was a spark . The car was pushed in all the way to the windshield . Can you say fiery death . .
     
  3. dirtmod08

    dirtmod08 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I've noticed that the outcast's have been coming on strong. A lot of people can't afford to restore a bloated value classic, so they modify an "in your face" ugly duckling and make it actually cooler than a trailer queen.
    Old station wagons fit the bill.
     
  4. warped

    warped Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Have you seen the prices the Amphicars are getting on B-J?
     
  5. LayZ

    LayZ Veteran Member

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    Ain't that the F*gg'n truth. You couldn't give them away when I was driving. My second car was a aries kcar wagon. It sucked balls but I pretty much got it for $500. When I was looking for something in a wagon, figured i'm not that into trucks, but I need something I can take to loews or home depot and haul some stuff around. A wagon would make sense to me, so I looked around. Figured I can probably get a dodge magnum for around 5-8k. Couldn't even touch the 6 bangers for 16k. If I wanted the srt it was 20k. I don't think they were that much new? i'm not paying 20k for a 8yr old car.
     
  6. JWZ28

    JWZ28 Veteran Member

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    Seen a few people taking corvairs and wedging LS engines in them, which eliminates the fuel tank issue.. I'd love to have a wagon just to go get groceries in.
     
  7. The Champ

    The Champ Veteran Member

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    Old Ralph called them "unsafe at any speed"...

    Vintage photo of how popular they were for people that know how to drive:

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    My BIL had a '69 Corvair Monza Spyder convertible like this before he bought his 1970 454 Chevelle.

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  8. cali cruzer

    cali cruzer Veteran Member

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    Wagons are out of control.
    Miss my Corvair :( great car and in no way undesireable

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    Yenko liked it too.......
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  9. red78z

    red78z Veteran Member

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    last year @ one of the carshows here , there was one w/ a 327 in it , I didn't talk to the owner but it was crammed in there , and im guessing it would haul ass , as there really isn't a lot of car there to move
     
  10. Alex71RS

    Alex71RS Veteran Member

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    I like Corvairs. I always have. The car never got a fair shake due to the media fallout from Ralph Nader's unfair criticism.

    The early Corvairs ('60-'64) had a tendency to lift the inside rear wheel during hard cornering, and as it was lifting, it was going positive on camber, and it made the cars really squirelly if you were flogging them. During normal driving, you wouldn't ever notice it. This was one of the reasons for Nader having a vendetta on the car.

    The '65-'69 Corvairs are an extremely underappreciated automobile. It's actually a fine car, with nice styling and good handling. When the Camaro came along in '67, the Corvair really didn't have a place in the Chevy line-up, and it was gone not long after.

    I want to build a '65-'69 with a front mounted LS. You can actually use a '79-'85 G-Body (Monte Carlo/Cutlass/Regal) frame and it fits great.
     

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