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Brand New 1969 Corvair Hits The Auction Block

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On: Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:24PM | By: Karen Cook

Brand New 1969 Corvair Hits The Auction Block

FOR SALE – 1969 Chevrolet Corvair, Glacier Blue, all original, 15 miles...Interested? You’ll need to go to Texas to get it, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

General Motors produced this vehicle for almost a decade, but it had its ups and downs. For its first six years, 200,000 various models were sold each year. Originally they came in coupe, sedan, and station wagon body styles with convertibles and hard tops available. Over the years, however, GM faced over 100 lawsuits concerning crashes of the Corvair due to “loss of control”. This led to Ralph Nader including the car in his 1965 book “Unsafe At Any Speed” and sales dropped drastically for a few years. A Texas A&M University safety committee conducted tests in 1972 which found that the Corvair was just as safe to drive as any other comparable vehicle on the road at the time. Sales rose again after the findings were publicized. Production of the car ended in May of 1969 with only 6000 made that year.

The one being auctioned came from that production group. The odometer truly reads 15 miles. It hasn’t spent much time on the road. Originally it was sent to a dealership in Macon, Georgia and stayed in inventory until 1980 when it found a temporary home at the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History. The museum closed in 2012 and sold the car for $32,000.

It will now be auctioned at the Mecum Houston Auction on April 11th. It’s in great shape with all original parts. The matching Glacier Blue interior is pristine vinyl, although it is way out of fashion. The factory sticker is included with the car and shows the original sales price of $2822. Your wallet will likely have to be quite a bit fatter than that to buy it now.

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