Real Wheels: Restoring Corvair on bucket list of Lima’s Gerald Marcus while he was waiting on heart transplant

By Merri Hanjora -

LIMA — For Gerald Marcus, of Lima, restoring this 1966 Chevrolet Corvair was a bucket list item. Marcus restored the car while waiting 15 months for heart transplant surgery.

“It was originally purchased by a postmaster in South Carolina. I wound up finding it through my father-in-law and restored it just before I had my transplant,” said Marcus.

“My father and the postmaster were friends. They were in the military together during the Korean Conflict, in Germany,” said Kathy Marcus, Gerald’s wife.

Marcus liked the uniqueness of the car — you don’t see them very often.

The Chevrolet Corvair was a compact car manufactured until 1969. At the time, it was the only American-designed passenger car to use a rear-mounted engine. Ed Cole, general manager of Chevrolet at the time, pushed for engineering and design advancements.

“I decided to re-do this car because it was odd and I figured what the heck, I might as well go with it,” said Marcus. “It’s been repainted in 2015, ‘Corvette Blue’. There are some minor changes such as the wheels and stuff like that. It was something I wanted to do before I had my transplant. It’s our granddaughter’s car. She is 19, but she didn’t even know what a Corvair was.”

“She had to learn how to drive a standard because they’re all standards. She took it to the prom. Her teachers didn’t believe that she had a Corvair,” said Kathy.

By Merri Hanjora

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