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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Tell me, when was the last time you saw a 1961 Corvair Lakewood 700 station wagon? What? Never? Head over to Grand Islandand you might still catch this one which I spotted sitting in a driveway. Two-toned, wire wheels, white-walls — it still looks great 50 years later! You can view the original brochure here.

’61 Corvair Lakewood 700, Grand Island, N.Y.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Max

    It’s an unbelievably remote occurrence to encounter a Lakewood in 2011. Your powers of observation and tireless pursuit of these machines is formidable. If I’m not mistaken, it was a ’61 Lakewood that comedian Ernie Kovacs was driving on a January night in 1962 when he hit a light pole on Santa Monica Boulevard and perished. Not a pleasant legacy to recall but the accident wasn’t attributed to the early Corvairs’ handling inadequacies and tendency for rollovers, but that Kovacs was fatigued and likely had one too many.

    • Jim Corbran

      Now, that might make for an interesting new YAK Pic category: cars famous people have died in. Funny to think of someone having the bucks to drive anything they wanted picking a Corvair station wagon!