1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

The Chevy Corvair Rampside (Model 1254) was given its name due to the unique swing-down panel located on the right side. When lowered, it allowed cargo to be easily loaded and removed from the bed-like midsection which had a load capacity of 1000 lbs. It was a versatile and utilitarian vehicle that was an attractive option for local fleet delivery, farmers, construction contractors, appliance dealers, newspaper delivery, and many other industries.

As a Corvair, its engine was mounted in the rear. The horizontally-opposed six-cylinder, air-cooled engine offered 80 horsepower. Although the engine sat flat, it was not low enough, so the interior of the bed was given an elevated floor to accommodate the engine.

Around 11,000 examples were produced during its inaugural debut year of 1961. The final year of production was in 1965 and by this point sales had slowed. Many reasons accounted for the decline including the bad publicity from the Corvair cars, spearheaded by Ralph Nader. Another reason was the increase in competition from other manufacturers.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2018
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside
Chassis #: 4R124S106953
Sold for $13,000 at 2016 Mecum : Anaheim.
High bid of $15,000 at 2018 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
This Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Pickup is powered by a flat-6 cylinder engine displacing 164 cubic-inches and offering 95 horsepower. It has an optional four-speed transmission and original glass, except for the windshield. It also has the original rubber bed mat. It is finished in light blue with dark blue trim. It is one of 8,147 examples built in 1964.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018

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Time magazine named it one of The 50 Worst Cars of All Time. Ralph Nader highlighted its design flaws in his influential book Unsafe at Any Speed. Yet the Chevrolet Corvair, which faced more negative press during its lifespan than any other car of the era, continues to have a loyal following of true enthusiasts. Different from any American cars before or since, the unique Corvair....
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The Corvair came on the scene in 1959 and featured a flat-six engine mounted in mid-ship. Even with putting the engine in the middle of the vehicle, the weight distribution was not evenly distributed. The engine sat behind the rear axle and this actually caused handling problems. The vehicles main competition was the VW Bug and the Porsche 911. It was originally built to compete with the Bug, but....
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1964 Corvair Rampside
$2,136-$17,800
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Base Price : $2,136

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)2,206,639
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,206,639
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,375,118
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)2,237,201
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)2,061,677
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,318,014
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140

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