James E 1960 Chevrolet Corvair 500 4dr Sedan

My First Car

My first car was a 1960 Corvair 500, a cheap $40 4 door sedan, that my dad bought from an owner who didn't think it was worth repairing at the service station he worked at. It was a basic flat 6 with 3 speed on the floor and power nothing including the engine because if you took it on the highway and hit a hill good luck having any speed at the top. That was in 1968 and the car was only 8 years old but had rusty floors and some minor body issues but allowed me to get some experience in repairs and body work. After fixing the air cooler fan for the engine and a minor transmission repair it was a great cruiser. Even though it had no radio or decent heater, the seats were always full on weekends as none of my friends had cars yet. My dad painted it VW bug royal blue with a white bumble bee stripe across the rear. I still have fond memories of it to this day because it was my first!

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