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RealRides of WNY #2361 - 1961 Rampside

I was just about to type in the words “I don’t know why this idea never caught on for all pickup trucks” when I realized that most pickup trucks didn’t (and still don’t today) have the low-to-the-ground loading floor of this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside. Imagine the length/angle-to-the-ground of aramp on which you could access the load floor of a new Ford F-350

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvair

I imagine a few people gotconfused back in the day while watching the owner of a car like this 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewoodload cargo into the back, and then walk around to the front of the car, lift what the observer assumed was the hood, and stow more cargo in what was really the trunk. The rear–mounted engine of the Corvair station wagon was pretty much out of sight to passers-by, bein

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Corvair

A couple of the things which were pointed out in the brochure for the 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monzawere “…soft vinyl headlining and all-vinyl side panels, newly tufted and pleated for more elegance,”as well as “…the sumptuous touches [like] a glove compartment light, rear ash trays, [and] simulated rear air vents outside.”We were much more easily impressed back

RealRides of WNY - 1965 Corvair

Now that Chevrolet had the Chevy II to wage war in the compact car field, they could expand on the Corvair’s marketing strategy. One magazine ad told us the all-new-for-1965 Corvairs were “…longer and wider…racier, roomier, flatter riding…with quicker steering, surer stopping, and more power available.”And this Monza, which had been the top-of-the-line, now t

RealRides of WNY - 1961 Corvan 95

Although the 1961 Chevy Corvan 95certainly had a colorful exterior palette available, I’m not so sure that the two-tone combination on this one, seen back in 2015 at the annual Buffalo History Museumcar show, was offered by the factory. At the bottom of the page is a graphic of that year’s paint chips. You be the judge. Chevy put a positive spin on the fact that the engine was in the r

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Rampside

I don’t imagine that when most people hear the word “Corvair” they think “pick-up truck.” But here it is, the 1963 Corvair 95 Rampside. Based on the Greenbrier van, the Rampside has a rear-mounted engine, in this case under the pick-up bed. A nifty built-in ramp door (below) on the passenger side eases loading into the cargo hold. As Chevy points out, “…w

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Corvair Monza

This 1963 Corvair Monza marked the penultimate year for the first-generation rear-engined Chevrolet compact. The convertible was one of three body styles still offered for 1963, the other two being the four-door sedan and the club coupe. There was also the Corvair Greenbrier Sports Wagon, which was really a van and probably in the Corvair lineup only due to its rear-mounted engine. This white conv