1961-65 Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagon (Corvair 95/Corvan)

You may recall my article a few days back regarding the Fiberfab GT40 kit car.  Well, as it turns out that off fenced off parking area also contained a Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagon.. just out of frame (surprise).  Whoever owns this land clearly has a thing for these cars, or just picked an odd vehicle for a donor motor (from which vehicle to which though?).

I’m not sure what year this van is from as most of the yearly updates seem to be mechanical, and any year to year difference is too subtle for me to tell from Google image search.

Although these were marketed as wagons and not vans they are widely considered to be the first american minivans.  They were also offered as a pickup truck with a bed or no windows at all as a panel van (Corvan).  They were basically the american equivalent of the VW Bus of the era.  You’ve got a van based off of a car, an air cooled engine in the back, some safety hazards, and a drivers seat over the front wheels.  Perfect.

Maybe you’ll see one or both actually fixed up and cruising around Monterey Bay California one day?