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New Albany, Indiana
United States

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States


1997 Ford Explorer XLT

“Dora the Explorer”

1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood 700


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Photo of: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair

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About “Dora the Explorer”

We just bought this car a couple of months ago after having been without a car for over a year when our very used 1995 Lumina died. With two young kids, it sure comes in handy to have wheels! Our neighbor was selling this SUV, and since we had just gotten our tax check, we could afford it. Our 3 year old daughter named her.

That's not our actual license plate in the picture - it's just me playing around!

About “Woodie”

(DISCLAIMER: The car in the picture above and all of the pictures in it's album ARE NOT the actual car! I only had the car briefly, and I don't think I ever took any pictures of it. I lost track of the car right after I sold it.)

I I had wanted a Corvair wagon ever since I realized that Chevy had made such a beast, about two months after I bought my first Corvair. I was already hooked on Corvairs by that time, and with a wife and baby, what could be more convenient than a little wagon? About six years later, I heard through a friend in the local chapter of the Corvair club that there was a decent one for sale about 25 miles from where we lived. I phoned the owner and made an appointment to go look at it that weekend. We arrived with checkbook in hand and I managed to talk the seller down from his $500 asking price to $300 - he had been trying to sell it without success for about half a year.

Flash forward a month. I had the car at a friend's place for a monthly meeting of the club and a friend of a member who was visiting from out of town saw the car... and immediately offered me $1,000 for it! Hey, I really wanted a Corvair wagon, but if I can turn a profit of 333% in just one month of owning the car, consider it SOLD!

Chevy only built them for 1 1/2 years, from the start of the 1961 model year 'til halfway through the '62 model year, when they changed over to production of the new Corvair Convertible. In total, there were just short of 30,000 built, with the majority being '61 700-Series cars like mine


Specs for “Dora the Explorer”

No specifications listed.

Specs for “Woodie”

84 Horsepower, 145 C.I.D., Horizontally Opposed 6-Cylinder Engine
Powerglide 2-speed Automatic Transaxle
0-60: Slow...
1/4 Mile: Slower...


Factory Options for “Dora the Explorer”

No factory options listed.

Factory Options for “Woodie”

700 Series trim, which included:
Passenger-side Sun Visor
Dual rear-seat armrests
Color-keyed rubber "Carpet"
Beltline Polished Stainless trim
Deluxe Colth Upholstery
Bright Dashboard Trim
Back-Up Lights
Two-Speed Windshield Wipers

Additional Options:
Powerglide Automatic Transaxle
Gasoline-Fired Heater
AM Pushbutton Radio
Driver's Side Door Mirror
Day/Night Rear View Mirror
Cigarette Lighter
DeLuxe Wheel Covers


Mods for “Dora the Explorer”

No modifications listed.

Mods for “Woodie”

One really lousy repaint!


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Dora The Explorer
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Points for Dora the Explorer Total Votes Points for Woodie
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