The 208 MPH Chevrolet Corvair would definitely make Ralph Nader pee his pants

The 208 MPH Chevrolet Corvair would definitely make Ralph Nader pee his pants

The tragedy of the Corvair is that by the time Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe At Any Speed” book hit the shelves in late 1965, Chevy had already introduced an immeasurably improved second-generation version of its rear-engine compact. But this is a Mk2 Corvair that would still scare the Bajesus out of the crusading car hater.

What started life in 1965 as a pretty but underpowered Corvair Monza coupe has been transformed into something that is decidedly no longer pretty, but definitely not lacking in performance. In place of the original rear-mounted, air-cooled box six is ​​a 406 cu-in Chevrolet V8 mated to a five-speed sequential transmission. And it can be yours if you’re feeling brave, because this Corvair is currently for sale.

The Bring a trailer the listing doesn’t say how much power the V8 makes, but with a forged bottom, aluminum block and Brodix aluminum heads, COMP solid roller cam, a pair of exhaust headers too handsome to hide away and a big Holley 850-cfm carb on top, it’s Definitely a serious engine.

The seller says it was built to compete in Open Road Racing speed contests and has won various top speed awards over the years, achieving an average speed of 180.58 mph (290.6 km/h) and a top trap speed of 207.8 mph ( 334.4 km/h) h) at the Silver State Classic Challenge in Nevada in September 2011.

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The body, finished in ugly red primer and now fitted with a custom aluminum nose after two high-speed crashes (how tall, the ad doesn’t say), also has a 2.5-inch (63.5mm) roof cutter, which will certainly help it cut slightly lighter through the air, while a fiberglass rear spoiler with an aluminum Gurney flap does its best to keep the rear end and the fat 315mm Michelin Pilot Sport tires in the road.

Of course, even the 1965 Corvair’s improved suspension wouldn’t be up to the job of handling supercar speeds, so this one had been upgraded to a fully adjustable setup with Aldan coilovers and C4 Corvette disc brakes at each corner. And just in case the worst happens, the Kirkey bucket seat, Simpson harness and a full roll cage should keep you in one piece. So tell us, do you have the pant gear to take this monster to 200?

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