<VV> Production date question: When was my '65 built?
Steve Hammatt, Mount Vernon WA USA
gsteve at hammatt.com
Wed May 22 12:03:27 EDT 2019
I love your comment, but no, she wasn't in any way a "car woman".
Here's how I remember how she ended up with this Corvair.
Mom was going to by a year-end 1964 Impala, being a school
teacher, she went to Tommy Ayres Chevrolet where her Teacher's
Union had a discount program going. The salesman took her into
the basement of the dealership to look at an Impala that sounded
interesting to her, and while looking at the Impala, she spotted a
yet-to-be-introduced 1965 Corvair coupe.
"That's the car I want"..or words to that effect. Anyway, she forgot
about the Impala and decided to get the Corvair. But, it wasn't
even on display yet; in this case, it was hidden in the basement
until that magic day in the fall of 1964!
Fast forward a few days and her favorite son (me!) came home from
college to "help" Mom order her car. She was already in love with
the yellow coupe with black interior. Now it was turn to try a little
subtle salesmanship. "Mom, you know how it when it rains here
in SoCal and the street intersections flood, you'll appreciate the
safety you'll have with the posi-traction differential".
Then I mentioned that she’ll get better fuel economy with the
stick shift (her personal cars had always been stick shift......remember,
this was 1965) and even better economy with the four speed
transmission. And lastly, I mentioned that with the optional four
carb engine, she will have better fuel distribution and therefore
better fuel economy. Honestly, I said everyone one of these things
to her and it worked! Maybe, she was a "car woman" after all!
She always loved that car!
Thirty years after this photo, I “purchased” the car from her for $1.
Mount Vernon WA USA
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:58 AM
To: 'Steve Hammatt, Mount Vernon WA USA'
Subject: RE: Production date question: When was my '65 built?
Your mom must have been a car woman!
When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. - Walter Lippmann
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Steve Hammatt, Mount Vernon WA USA via VirtualVairs
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:04 AM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org; Marc Marcoulides
Subject: Re: <VV> Production date question: When was my '65 built?
Guess what I found....my mother's file with receipts, so far dating back to
her 10k mile checkup at TOMMY AYRES CHEVROLET in LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.
Also found some paperwork (receipt, etc.) from Ed Corson and a CORSA
business card handout presented by a Paul Jones (phone 776-2464). Anybody
know who Paul Jones is (was)? He must be in Orange County....I'd imagine his
area code was (714) at that time.
Also found a CHP "Notice to Appear" aka traffic ticket, when she was
traveling at 70mph (legal) on I-5 passing thru Oceanside, Calif.......she
was following too close to the car ahead.
Also found an original "I LOVE MY CORVAIR" black on bright orange bumper
Unfortunately I didn't find the original bill of sale, but I think I have it
I did find a stapled assembly of a booklet apparently put out by Chevrolet
"Hobby & Sales Group" Customers Assistance Centers. Sub-titled "Past Model
Information". Not dated, but was from the Center's location in Troy, MI.
It's well over 75+ pages of older Chevrolet Specialty Shops/Suppliers,
Publications, Clubs & Museums, Sanctioning Bodies, etc. Each group is
broken down into detailed description for each entity, including address,
specialties, phone numbers, etc.
Lastly I have around 250 pages of articles, catalogs, brochures, how-to
from sources such as Mid-Engineering, Silva Kit installing 215 BOP engine,
Kelmark kits, Kennedy Engineered Products, Muncie 4-speed gear ratios, K&K
Automotive in ILL installing a 283, Crown Corv-8, Skip Huth's V-8 into Early
Coupe, Corvan V-8, another Crown Mfg article and 2-3 more Crown articles.
Lot's of memories......but I'm glad we kept the car original, as it was when
Mom bought it. It's still a Corsa, 4-speed, posi with original interior
(carpet replacement), one re-paint in the same Crocus Yellow (1980s) and
only 90k miles. Runs great!
Now, to find the original Bill of Sale.........
Mount Vernon WA USA
From: Steve Hammatt via VirtualVairs
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:35 PM
To: Marc Marcoulides
Cc: Steve Hammatt, Mount Vernon WA USA via VirtualVairs
Subject: Re: Production date question: When was my '65 built?
My poor memory
Anyone remember the name of the long time Chevy dealership in Laguna Beach?
Mount Vernon WA USA
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