PQ: “People always ask what kind of car this is, and it’s cool educating people in the European scene [about how] Chevrolet made a rear-engine, air-cooled car.”
“I knew the Corvair was the perfect air-cooled car because everyone forgets about them,” Ludwick says. “People always ask what kind of car this is, and it’s cool educating people in the European scene [about how] Chevrolet made a rear-engine, air-cooled car.”
This Corvair is unapologetically cool. It’s nowhere near perfect, and you’d probably get more money for it in scrap metal than you would on Craigslist, but that’s not the point. It’s a statement against conforming. Hell, it’s just plain cool—look at it! Fortunately, this isn’t the end of the Corvair and its declaration to be cool without being perfect. Ludwick is now working on his ’52 Cabover to pair with the Corvair.
That’s right, there will be a matching 1952 Chevy Cabover with a modern drivetrain toting the Corvair around on a custom-made bed. Right now the Cabover is sitting on a 2WD Dodge dually chassis mated to a 12-valve Cummins Turbo Diesel and a five-speed tranny. With bags, frame, and suspension work coming, it’s a rush to make it to SEMA 2015, but we’re optimistic Ludwick will pull through.
No doubt this is one of the more unique cars out there for both the guts it took Chevrolet to build a rear-engine car (granted, it was kind of a mess during the first generation) and for Ludwick to take on the challenge of getting a car four decades removed from the road back to the eyes of automotive enthusiasts. We’ve all seen the beautiful, perfect, meticulous and obsessively manicured cars out there, but once in a while, it’s good to see a car that is just fine with the way it is.
John Ludwick Jr.’s 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Specs
Factory 6-Cylinder Air-Cooled 110hp Model
Pair of single-barrel Rochester carburetors
Custom Dual Exhaust
Rebuilt Factory Drivetrain.
Drum Brakes Front and Rear Factory Spec
2-inch Quartered Roof Chop
First Gen Camaro Lip
Overhead Toggle Switch Panel/Fuse Panel
Rotten Leonard Aluminum Bomber Seats.
Custom Air Suspension
Custom Control Arms/Tension Rods/Subframe
Universal Air ‘Aero Sport’ & ‘Air House 2 Bags
Asco Electronic Valves
5-Gallon Tank W/Onboard Air
Front 15x6 et-38 with 165/50s
Rear 15x7 et-44 with 195/50s