In 1961, Chevrolet introduced the Corvair 95 Greenbriar van and Rampside pickup. Using a 95-inch wheelbase, both the van and pickup expanded on the Corvair model range creating, in a sense, an entire new car line comprised of a sedan, wagon, coupe, convertible, van and pickup. All were equipped with flat-6 cylinder engines and either a manual transmission or Powerglide automatic and like so many inexpensive cars of the era, could be equipped exactly as the customer wanted. But one Corvair that largely went unnoticed was the Corphibian Prototype. Built by Chevrolet Engineering with the Hulten-Holm Company of Pontiac, Michigan, the Corphibian is an amphibious vehicle based on the Rampside Pickup truly escalating an already capable vehicle.
Featuring an extended body and fiberglass hull, the concept would allow users the opportunity to enjoy both terrestrial and aquatic travel, not dissimilar to the Amphicar Model 770 launched the same year. Unlike the Amphicar, however, Chevrolet only built one Corphibian, and this is it. Showing 157 miles, the Corphibian Prototype is in remarkable condition. Retaining its original air-cooled engine, automatic transmission and two propellers, it’s been refreshed in correct red-and-white livery and still sits on the original tires. The interior is also in outstanding condition with the upholstery, door panels, trim pieces, steering wheel and floor liner showing minimal signs of wear.
The dashboard shows as new and is complete with a radio. The wooden rudder can be controlled from the cab or the bed, making it a cinch to go from land driving to water cruising. Complete with original promotional materials and a signed affidavit from Richard Hulten and Roger Holm dated July 30, 1995, this is a unique opportunity to own one of the rarest vehicles ever made, a Prototype that never saw production and lives in the hearts of diehard Chevrolet and Corvair enthusiasts.
Source: Mecum Auctions
Photo Credit: James D. DeCamp