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Rumors of mid-engine Corvettes pop up and dissipate like mushrooms most every model year, but this award-winning 1965 mid-engine V-8 Chevrolet Corvair is as real right now as it was when it was built in 1967. In the middle of the Tangerine Dream is a 327 small-block Chevrolet, backed by a four-speed transaxle. The owner road tested and destroyed many a transaxle before getting a bumpstick into the V-8 that increased horsepower in the upper RPM range while reducing the torque down low. The same man who conceived, constructed, and evidently drove the Corvair through a few sets of tires is now selling this well-sorted and award-winning dream. Read on for mid-engine Corvair testing exploits, and check out the listing for a full set of specifications.
1965 Chevrolet Corvair. 327, 4-speed, 3:55 posi. Has gone 156 MPH. Runs 12.8-second ET at 112 MPH in the 1/4-mile. One of the first V-8 Corvairs, possibly the first mid-engine V-8 Corvair built. I am the original owner. I built this car in 1967, fabricating my own adapters, doing all welding, engine-building, mechanicals, interior, suspension and paint. I re-restored it completely again in 1989. Extensive history-receipts-photos folder.
Longest trip: Chicago to L.A. Coldest trip, 28 degrees below zero after leaving Milwaukee Arena Custom Car Show. Drove home through 2-feet of snow after leaving the International Amphitheater car show in Chicago; hottest trip, 118 degrees through Mohave Desert. The “Tangerine Dream” won multiple first-place trophies, plus one “Spectators Choice.” 84,000 total and original miles.
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