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Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 10:53AM

Am I the only one fascinated by the fact that deluxe Corvans ever existed?

For such a utilitarian delivery vehicle,it strikes me as odd that a customer would even order one.

This example is a mirrored image to appear as though it's an 8-door.
It's been my inspirational pic for a long time as I REALLY love the grey color and the pop of chrome. If my future and budget allows,this is a direction I would go with my Corvan.

What do you think about,not only the color,but deluxe Corvans in general?

How many are out there?

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 04, 2017 11:07AM

They can be a pleasure to drive!

San Diego Corvair Club's "911 Rescue" Corvan was somewhat deluxe and a nice fairly quiet driver..

And if you like Corvan's...why not dress it up?

The grey one is quite appealing..





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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: November 04, 2017 11:08AM

Perhaps they were ahead of their time with the Conversion Van thing coming in the 70s. Deluxe interior panels are a nice addition, hard to find some that aren't all warped.
The whitewalls and white rims are a bit much for me, maybe gray rims would ease my mind.
Dual exhaust installation looks pretty clean from what I can see.
If you put seats back there, "are we there yet?" might be a valid question.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 11:19AM

Look again,Jim.grinning smiley
It's not an Australian delivery.
I mirrored the image,so the steering wheel,doors and exhaust are flipped to the opposite side.

As far as rear seats and interior door panels are concerned,only Greenbrier would be equipped with those features.

I agree. The fat white walls are a bit much.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: November 04, 2017 02:44PM

I think the color combo is striking - looks great. As far as deluxe features, maybe even delivery guys wanted to ride in better style?!!

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 03:00PM

Vin Wrote:
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> I think the color combo is striking - looks great.
> As far as deluxe features, maybe even delivery
> guys wanted to ride in better style?!!


No doubt,Vin. What driver wouldn't enjoy features such as the ability to light your cigar,radio,armrest,passenger visor (when they are pointed in the wrong direction as the Sun is concerned)

As far as the grey/gray,(not sure the correct spelling) I love vibrant color,but it just pop's for me. I've seen other new vehicles with other drab colors, eg;(military beige)that really draw the eye,even though the color itself wouldnt compliment every vehicle.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Spyderman64 ()
Date: November 04, 2017 04:26PM

A member of our club has a deluxe Loadside. That's a real oddball!

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 05:51PM

As odd is it may sound,condidering...
I would expect an order of a deluxe Loadside more prevalent than a deluxe Corvan on a percentage level..
I have zero evidence to support this opinion.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 07:28PM

Pedigo, A member of our club restored that gray panel van but sold it about three years ago. He recently finished restoration of a green-w-white deluxe Rampside that is incredible! It was first shown this summer at our Circle City Classic Corvair show.

Dan Brizendine,
'64 8door Greenbrier 140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Spyderman64 ()
Date: November 04, 2017 07:47PM

I've seen a handful of deluxe Corvans but only one deluxe Loadside. Just my own personal experience.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 04, 2017 08:18PM

Spyderman64; My apology if you read my previous post as being argumentative. I appreciate your input.
Dan; Thank you for updating where that beautiful FC might be,and it's history.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: November 04, 2017 09:02PM

I have about 35 Deluxe Corvans in the FC Registry, which I think is a surprisingly high percentage (~25%) of the total of ~ 130 R1205s; I suspect these probably were preferentially preserved. I have VINs for ~30 more, but do not yet have the paint and trim codes. Only 4 of the 28 Loadsides in the Registry came with Deluxe trim. I would like to know how many Corvans were ordered as commercial or fleet vehicles; essentially all are now gone. That so few appear to have been ordered with deluxe trim emphasizes their utilitarian nature and how competitive was the pricing. Although the Deluxe option for R1205 was only ~$20 (vs $200 for Greenbriers), that was a significant additional cost for commercial buyers who could buy an Econovan much cheaper.
Steve

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 04, 2017 10:05PM

My first FC (ca 1973) was a factory camper built on a Deluxe Corvan: Fawn/white two-tone interior with deluxe dash trim. On the outside it had SS window trim and chrome front and rear bumpers. When purchased, it already had a 140hp engine.

I added an extended roof, bucket seats, shiny paint, GB interior upholstered trim and side doors, Spyder dash, etc. and so forth. It ended up as something I was very proud to take to car shows. I put about 100k miles on this machine and loved it all the way.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
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Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 04, 2017 10:07PM

Here's a color shot of it. We called it "The Racing Kitchen".smiling smiley

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: November 05, 2017 05:39AM

A little OT, but I was looking about 1970 to build a conversion van. There were not a lot to pick from where I live. They were either pricey or junk. I found a 1965 Chevy water pumper Van that was nice for about half the price. While looking for Parts in a JY I found a freshly crashed Spyder. That dash and Glove box cover ended up in the Van. As far a gray, no, I painted it Kawasaki Green. Very easy to find in a parking lot. That served my well until 1977 when I bought a new Dodge 318 Van to convert and had more guts to pull my boat.

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: JimBrandberg ()
Date: November 05, 2017 05:42AM

Deluxe Van for an upscale delivery guy sporting black slacks, white shirt and bow tie.
Jim Brandberg
Isanti, MN
CorvairRepair.com

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 05, 2017 07:36AM

Funeral home Flower Corvan! Black Chrome and sharp!





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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 05, 2017 09:16AM

cnicol Wrote:
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> We called it "The Racing Kitchen".smiling smiley


LMAO!grinning smiley

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 05, 2017 09:21AM

JimBrandberg Wrote:
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> Deluxe Van for an upscale delivery guy sporting
> black slacks, white shirt and bow tie.

His boss must have been a cheapskate.

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Re: Deluxe Corvans fascinate me...
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: November 05, 2017 09:40AM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Funeral home Flower Corvan! Black Chrome and
> sharp!


As close as I could find.

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