1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible
Until the 1950s, most American auto manufacturers made one size of
car: large. Imports from Europe such as Volkswagen, Renault, and
Fiat showed that there was a market in the U.S. for smaller cars,
mostly as a second car or an alternative for the budget-minded. Led
by General Manager Edward N. Cole, Chevrolet designed a
revolutionary new car. It was powered by an air-cooled horizontal
six-cylinder engine made almost entirely out of aluminum. The
engine was mounted in the rear of the car, driving the rear wheels
through a compact automatic transaxle. Suspension was independent
at all four wheels. There was no conventional frame; it was the
first unibody built by Fisher Body and the styling was
unconventional for Detroit, subtle and elegant, with no tail fins
or chrome grille.
This Monza Corvair has a 164ci flat 6 engine, as well as a 4 speed
manual transmission, and other options consistent with a Monza
upgrade. The overall car is showing in good condition, mechanically
sound, and true to 1964 model. A repainted exterior in Bahama Green
is in good condition with few blemishes.
A rust free, minimal blemished exterior is covered in Bahama green.
All chromed surfaces appear in good condition, as well as correct
skirt brightwork and badging. Chromed wire knockoff styled wheel
coverings are seen on all 4 corners. The convertible top is white
and clean, and raises and lowers simply and efficiently with an
electrical switch. This is courtesy a new motor, and some new frame
bushings just put on. The plastic rear window is clear. A matching
boot covering is hiding the top when down, and with all the chrome
trimmings, dark green paint, knockoff chromed wire wheels covers
and snappy headlight bezels, this car is right in the middle of the
realm of 60's cool. I'm grabbing my wayfarers, you get your
bandanna and we're goin' fer a cruise babe!
Dropping the top reveals Light Fawn covered interior, on the door
panels, seats and dash top. Doors are accented with horizontal
molded ribs in the vinyl, and chrome accenting. Low back buckets
are nice and wide and have tuck and roll inserts with smooth
bolsters, darker sides and backs and some chrome trimmings to keep
everything on the up and up. A rear bench seats 3 comfortably and
matches the front also in excellent condition. We note a new vinyl
bolster installed on the driver's outer seat upright which doesn't
quite match the rest of the upholstery. A wonderful padded dash top
in fawn has an eyebrow in front of the steering wheel that sports
an aluminum panel housing blackface circular gauges with white
lettering and numbering. On the passenger side, another eyebrow
frames the aluminum clad glove box door with Corvair/Spyder badges.
In the center is a more modern AM/FM/Single CD radio reminiscent of
the original which is still with the car now in the trunk. On the
hump is the shifter reaching for the drivers right hand and it has
a white ball topper.
Seen is a 164ci flat 6 cylinder engine very clean and mechanically
smooth and sound, sitting in a well kept rear engine bay. This
engine has a Spyder badged turbocharger that states 150hp! On top
is attached to a 1 barrel carb. The 4-speed manual transmission is
on back, and is standard Monza fare. Also in back, not unlike the
mill, is a 3.55 rear axle. An overall beautiful engine bay
Independent front suspension with coil springs are on and the same
is true for the rear. Drum braking on all 4 corners, and a stock
clean exhaust is there for the exhale. The rear drum brake have
recently been rebuilt with new drums, hoses, shoes, hardware, and
lines and the fronts were treated to new hoses. A slight patina is
seen on all the black painted rust free stamped steel floor pans
and undercarriage structure.
A quick starter and a push of the button and the top goes down with
ease and I'm feeling the 60's vibe. Off to the test track where
this car performs beautifully, and all is working just wonderfully.
Very clean, and runs like an Italian watch...wait..is that good?!
but of course!
This consignment is for the air cooled rear engine aficionado on a
budget. Considering the car is now 56 years young, it's looking
fab. The Monza with sportier interior, and the 4 speed
transmission, provided the second fastest Corvair, losing out to
only the Monza Spyder for the first gen production run of the
Corvair. Eat your heart out Ralph Nader. Oh BTW, did he own Ford
stock?? Politicians Sheesh...
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
194807-Sequential Unit Number
01C-3rd Week January Build
STYLE 64 0667-1964 Corvair Spyder Convertible
BODY WR3038-Willow Run Body #
TR 758 3-Light Fawn Imitation Leather Buckets, Beige Top
PAINT 908-Bahama Green
2L-4 Speed Manual
5V-Custom Deluxe Seat Belts
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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