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Locally owned Corvair joins collection of famous actor, comedian

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

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A 1966 Chevrolet Corvair, that has called Hanover home since 2006, is heading to Hollywood, where it will join actor and comedian Tim Allen’s extensive collection.

Celebrity Tim Allen recently purchased this 1966 Corvair from Will Farmer.

Celebrity Tim Allen recently purchased this 1966 Corvair from Will Farmer.

Will Farmer, a car collector and president of Farmer Machine Co., sold his beloved Corvair to the celebrity without even knowing it at first, he said. His good friend John Hampton sells Farmer’s cars through ads in Hemmings Motor News magazine. Evidently Allen was browsing the magazine when he stumbled across Farmer’s Corvair.

In correspondence between Hampton and Allen’s secretary, Allen was referred to as “the boss,” Farmer said. Farmer and Hampton had to take several photos of the car from various angles as per the boss’ request. Then photos of the car had to be taken and promptly delivered to Allen’s desk by lunch, Farmer said.

Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Farmer’s collection contained two Corvairs, but he sold one last week and then sold the 1966 Corvair around the week of July 1 to Allen, who is most known for his lead role as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor on the TV show “Home Improvement.” Allen currently stars in the ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing.”

“I like telling people who I sold it to. It’s really neat,” Farmer said. “People like it.”

Farmer bought the car in 2006. He said he decided to sell it because Corvairs require a lot of upkeep and as he gets older, it gets harder to keep the maintenance up.

According to Allen’s secretary, the car will be added to Allen’s fairly large collection of old cars.

The Corvair is unique in that it has an aluminum engine and was one of the first to have turbo charging.

Chevrolet started building Corvairs in 1960 to compete with Volkswagen’s compact cars but Chevrolet ended their production in 1969. Farmer said Chevrolet’s goal was to make a car that looked much more American than Volkswagen.

However, the lifespan of the Corvair was short-lived because it had a few problems on the road and a bad reputation. Farmer said that some of the early models had issues with the rear wheels folding up “under high speed corners.”

However, in the late 1960s the government did some tests on the vehicle and discovered it’s just as safe as any other car, Farmer said.

“I feel like someone else should enjoy them but I didn’t know Tim Allen would be the one,” Farmer added.

The car will be picked up this week by Horseless Carriage carriers who will travel from California.