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From Here to There: Corvairs Drive to Panama

by Kenny Hoeschen

In order to prove the durability and performance of the classic Chevrolet Corvair, a group sponsored by a Chicago Chevy dealer was determined to drive the (mostly) completed “Inter-American Highway” to Panama. The caravan consisted of three Chevrolet Corvairs along with two supply trucks. This documentary video follows the caravan on their journey through Central America.

Although the filmmakers try to build the drama, it seems there really weren’t many difficult roads until the group was past San Jose, Costa Rica. At that point, they still had roughly 500 miles to travel to reach Panama and the roads were essentially not much more than dirt paths. The Corvairs pushed their way through mud and forded some pretty deep rivers. At one point, they came upon a river that was just too deep and eded up floating the vehicles across on a raft and at another deep river they were pulled across by a bulldozer.

It’s pretty impressive what the Corvairs and the support team were able to achieve even where the roads were barely passable. We’re not sure how many modern vehicles could do the same today. Looks like a challenge for Top Gear.

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