The good: This 1963 Corvair 95 panel van for sale on Hemmings.com has a good mechanical foundation and everything appears present and accounted for. The not so good: It’s rough, with plenty of rust to contend with and no question that it’s headed for a restoration. The seller is offering to tackle that job, though, for those looking forward to driving the rig rather than welding in patch panels. From the seller’s description:
model R-1205, Bell Telephone panel van work truck. A rare, find. It is our intention to restore this truck in the livery of the Bell System again. It is going to need some body work. We have recently gone through it mechanically and is running and drivable. Clutch is good. New battery. We installed all new brakes front and rear. Since it is a work in progress you will find the price will be going up as we complete more aspects of the restoration. So, posted price is subject to change. You can buy it now and complete your own restoration and maybe your own colors, or wait for us to complete it in Bell Olive Drab.
This truck has the correct 145 ci./95 hp. flat air cooled six with a 4-speed manual transmission, rear Ratio 3.89. It has windows in the side and rear doors which is how the Bell Tel. trucks were ordered. It has unique rear helper springs, 110 volt outlet, and a place in the cab roof for a spot light mount. It is one of only 11,161 Corvans built in 1963. We are not sure what percentage were sold to Ma Bell.
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