Car Catcher: A Corvair for the Whole Family

Photos courtesy Bring a Trailer

Back in the early '60s, GM offered something for nearly everyone—including a van with eight doors. The Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier utilized low floors and barn doors on three sides, making ingress and egress a breeze.

This 1961 example received a full restoration and repaint in turquoise over white. It also sports a fun, checkered interior.

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AngryCorvair MegaDork
9/9/19 9:34 p.m.

I learned to drive manual in my Dad’s ‘64 GB.  It was only a 6-door.

Brian_13 New Reader
9/10/19 4:30 p.m.

It's unfortunate that the van wasn't upgraded to the second generation Corvair chassis and styling, being replaced by the conventional G-series Chevy Van instead.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/11/19 7:17 p.m.

Oh, wow, yeah, just picturing how a second-gen Corvair van would look. But, yeah, the traditional van was already there. 

AngryCorvair MegaDork
9/12/19 4:43 p.m.

funny thing though, is that SOP for the traditional van was delayed, so they continued the Greenbrier into the 1965 model year, for about 3 months of production.  one of the new-for-1965 features on Corvair passenger cars was an alternator instead of a generator, with the associated different voltage regulator and (iirc) slight change to engine compartment wiring.   so the 1965 Greenbrier was mostly a carryover 1964, but it did get the alternator / voltage reg / wiring change.  i'm pretty sure they even tooled up a new Greenbrier door emblem for 1965-only.

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