|Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood|
1962 Chevrolet Lakewood
|Manufacturer||Chevrolet (General Motors)|
|Body and chassis|
The Chevrolet Lakewood is a 4 door station wagon produced by Chevrolet in the 1961 and 1962 model years. It was the station wagon version of the Corvair and therefore the entry level station wagon series. In size, appearance, and technical respects it resembled the Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback, and power came from the Corvair's rear engine with 146 cu.in. displacement which developed 80 bhp @ 4,400 rpm. Like the Corvair it had a 108 in. wheelbase and was equipped with a 3 speed manually shifted gearbox.
In 1961 the Lakewood was available in base form as part of the Corvair series 500 and in more luxurious form as the Corvair Series 700. The following year the base trim level was called Corvair Deluxe series 700 and the top-of-the line model was the Corvair Monza series 900. The Series 900's engine developed 84 bhp and was connected to a 2 speed Powerglide automatic gearbox.
For 1963 the Corvair station wagons were no longer offered. In two years 32,120 Lakewoods were made. Only 2,362 of them (model year 1962 only) were made with a standard Powerglide automatic transmission.
John Gunnell (Editor): Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975, Krause Publications Inc., Iola (2002), ISBN 0-87349-461-X Also the 1961 Corvair came with an option of paint colors. Both in the 500 and 700 in 1961 your basic 500 would have a bench seat in the front and no carpet but a rubber floor mat like police cars were ordered. Also could be ordered in 2 tone paint and could not be ordered with a roof rack. The 700 series came with bucket seat package standard and carpeting package standard. Most 700s came with roof racks. The 700 could also be ordered with the windshield washer option.
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