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Air-Cooled Appreciation: A Shrine Celebrating All Things Corvair Opens in Illinois

Posted June 11, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl

Smack dab in the middle of America’s heartland there’s now a Corvair Museum honoring the existence and history of Chevrolet’s air-cooled mechanical marvel. The unlikely location for a museum devoted to the Corvair is Decatur, Illinois, which is 40 miles east of Springfield, three hours from Chicago and Indianapolis, and nearly a seven-hour drive from Ypsilanti, Michigan, where it was previously located. But, thanks to the good graces of the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum there, a sizeable room has been set aside for the Corvair museum’s new home.

The grand opening was held on Saturday, May 19, and I was there searching for cars to feature for a book that I’m writing on Corvairs. It was a sizeable turnout, with about 200 Corvair owners and enthusiasts in attendance and there were around 75 cars taking part in a People’s Choice all-Corvair show throughout the day that was held in front of the museum.

Corvair fans unite in central Illinois.

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Re: Air-Cooled Appreciation: A Shrine Celebrating All Things Corvair Opens in Illinois

06/16/2018 9:48 PM

While I was in college, for a while I owned a Corvair. (I don't recall the year). It had this funny little toggle switch on the dash to change gears to Low, Drive, Neutral or Reverse (no Park), if I recall correctly. This was before PRNDL was the law of the land.

But it did handle pretty well in snow, with the engine weight over the rear drive wheels.

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