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1962 Chevy Corvair 95 Rampside

In 1961, Chevrolet introduced the Corvair 95 series of trucks, inspired by the success of the groundbreaking compact Corvair car. These trucks were Chevrolet’s response to the growing popularity of Volkswagen bus-type vehicles among retailers and tradesmen. The name “Corvair 95″ derived from the shared 95” wheelbase among all models in the lineup, which included the Greenbrier Sport Wagon, Corvan, Rampside Pickup, and Loadside Pickup. Similar to its passenger car counterpart, the Corvair 95 featured a rear-mounted, air-cooled six-cylinder engine.

The Corvair 95 Rampside pickup was specifically designed with a unique cargo bed that sat low in the center, accompanied by a side gate that folded down onto a ramp. This configuration made it convenient for loading and unloading wheeled equipment. The raised rear of the cargo area allowed clearance for the rear-mounted Corvair engine. A total of 4,102 Rampside Pickups were manufactured for the 1962 model year. However, production of the Rampside Pickup ceased after the 1964 model year.

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