Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

My apologies that a couple of these pictures are blurry. I’m on spring break, and playing Mr. Mom today and tomorrow. I had to sneak down into the basement after putting the wee one down for a nap, and take these pictures really quickly before the big one realized I was downstairs.

Here are a couple of the best looking cars to come out of the 60's, and that’s high praise!

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Let’s start with the second generation Corvair. These were made from ‘65-’69, and transformed the interesting, but awkward, first gen into an absolute beauty. My favorite story of my Dad’s old cars, was the ‘65 Corvair Monza he had a few years before I was born. He bought it from a guy he’d gone to high school with, with a smashed up front end. The two of them spent a week transferring a good front clip onto it. A week later, Dad rear ended somebody. He was driving it anyways the next day (it was his only car), and the steering column came off in his hand! Luckily there was no oncoming traffic, because the brakes also pulled to the left. Dad got a friend to patch the steering column together by welding on an impact socket (quote the friend, “don’t you EVER tell anybody I did this”), and Dad sold the car. Amusing side note: years after I found out that the friend he bought the car from, was later the alcoholic security guard at my high school (he’d go into the bathroom with an almost empty bottle of Sunny-D, and come out with it full, but I caught him hitting directly off his flask once), small world.

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Anyways, the Corvair Micro Machine is one of their best castings, IMO. It’s very well proportioned. This example, as you can see is well loved. A 1:1 is definitely on my automotive bucket list.

Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition
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Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition
Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition
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Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition

Now onto the VW version. The Karman-Ghia is for all intents and purposes a Beetle, with a very sexy body on top. A speed demon she is not, but who among us can deny it’s beauty? I know many, if not most, prefer the also lovely convertible, but to me the coupe’s roofline is were it’s at. If I ever buy a VW, it will either be a Ghia ... Or a Baja Bug. This casting is also very good, but not quite as good as the Corvair. Being a later Micro, it suffers from tab-butt.

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Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition
Illustration for article titled Micro Monday: Air-Cooled Sports Coupe Edition
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The dreaded tab-butt!
The dreaded tab-butt!
Seriously, who thought these giant tabs were a good idea?
Seriously, who thought these giant tabs were a good idea?

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