2011 Hooniverse Car of the Year Nominee – “Oversteer” 1963 Corvair

Images: Hooniverse

For those of you that can’t get enough of the “24-Hours-of-Lemons” saga, this one’s for you. We recently saw this post over on Hooniverse by a gentleman who was nominating his ’64 Corvair 700 Sedan to be their car of the year, and we’ll be the first to admit that he makes a completely compelling case.

The Corvair just after purchase, complete with 45 year old whitewalls!

He bought the car in 2008 off of a Craigslist ad in Vermont for $400, which was a $200 savings over the listed price. In 2009 the owner and several buddies got the car running, complete with it’s original Powerglide automatic, and gutted it to become a real race car.

They installed a roll cage, pulled the glass, and decided to go for it. On the track the Corvair had the massive oversteer problems that all Corvairs had, thanks to the rear engine configuration.

The little car held it’s own and won the “coveted” Index-of-Effluency award, and came in first in it’s class, while simultaneously being the slowest car on the track. The car was retired from Lemons duty at the end of 2011.

The 24-Hours of Lemons race is a fantastic track experience for people that have a little time, money, and a crazy streak. The cars are all supposedly $500 junkers to start, and penalties for going over the dollar amount invested into the car include wearing stupid outfits to being covered in feathers. Sounds like our kind of crowd!

The little Corvair out front! Note the sheetmetal pig on the roof.

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Robert Kibbe is the owner of TheMuscleCarPlace.com and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.
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