Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder
The Corvair was highly unusual for a domestic car, with its air-cooled, rear-mounted engine featuring the compact horizontally opposed piston layout of Porsche and VW Beetle engines. It also had an all-independent suspension and unitized construction. Some called the Corvair the "poor man's Porsche". A bit of trivia to leave you with, the Corvair name is derived from a combination of Corvette and Bel Air!
For consignment, this Corvair Monza Spyder convertible which originally cost $2,636, with the additional $317 Spyder option package. This Monza has the 150-horsepower "turbo" engine, chrome dress-up under-hood items, shorter final drive for faster acceleration, heavy duty suspension and a race-style multi-gauge instrument panel with a tachometer and brushed-metal trim. The four-speed manual and more-effective sintered-metallic brake linings were "mandatory" options.
A respray of Ermine White presents in good condition. A few dents and dings are present throughout the all steel body, but mostly unremarkable. The respray shows some inclusions of dirt, however they are minimal. Chrome and brite-work, with new badging, are all there, and correct, with gaps that are straight and true. Badging is all correct, and except for a rusted screw that is holding the rocker trim on the driver's side, there is no rust seen. Headlights and lower bumper are all good, as is the Corvair badge in front. A black convertible top is in very nice condition and has a clear plastic rear window. Tail lighting utilizes chrome rings to highlight the red and white rounded taillight and backup lighting. A clean rear bumper is below and under this are 2 nicely preserved rear roll pan vents and a chromed exhaust tip. When the top is down a red tonneau covering compliments the white and red interior. Standard Corvair wheel coverings are wrapped in thin white wall tires.
A swing of the driver's door reveals a clean utilitarian no frills interior even though we are in the top of the line Corvair offered up for the time. Door panels are solid white vinyl with various panels in smooth and horizontal stitched ribbed centers, a white armrest, and shiny actuator and window crank. Some horizontal trimmings break up the different white vinyl panels, and a Corvair badge is in the very center of this door. 2 large white vinyl buckets in good condition stretch across the front, and a large bench is shoehorned into the rear of the car. The buckets have some tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters, as does the rear bench. The floor shifter sits within ergonomic reach of the driver, and in front is an original padded dash with some dents and dings, but mostly original condition. It shows in a padded red dual eyebrow dash top with the brushed stainless instrument panel with tachometer and round gauges for this Monza Turbo edition. On the passenger side is a stainless glove box door under the second red padded vinyl eyebrow. Deep pile nicely preserved red carpeting is underneath red carpeted mats that stretch across the front and are individual in the rear. What a fantastic interior combo.
Mounted into the rear is the horizontally opposed 6-cylinder 164ci engine. On top we cannot miss the chromed air cleaner housing and natural finished turbo in all its glory, and all this is attached to a 4-speed manual transmission and is fed fuel by a 1-barrel carburetor. The rear axle weighs in at 3.55 ratio. This engine will run on starting fluid and will pick up and run on gasoline for a little but it is obvious that a fuel pump replacement is due in the all too near future. It also needs a battery and there are currently no brakes. All clean and nice in this engine bay, as is the same for the texture sprayed front "trunk".
Underneath we see some light surface rust and lots of patina black surfaces with covering of mostly road dirt. 4 wheel drum brakes in sintered metal, independent coil spring suspension on front, and swing arm with coil springs for the rear suspension.
Overall a good example of the Monza Spyder turbocharged 4 speed. Unfortunately, it does not run due to the fuel pump replacement issue, but darn, it sure looks good, and is the Monza and the Spyder version so we have a sporty economical air cooled turbo charged rear engine convertible. Wake up! We are not in Europe!
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
220549-Sequential Unit Number
03B-2nd Week March Build
STYLE 64 0967-1964 Corvair 900 Convertible
BODY W16513-Willow Run Body #
TRIM 727 2-Ivory Vinyl, Black Top
PAINT 936-Ermine White
2M-2 Speed Powerglide Automatic
5W-Deluxe Seat Belts W/Retractors
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