MONZA SPYDER TURBO, ORIGINAL MOTOR, GREAT BLACK/WHITE/RED COLOR COMBO
Quick, name a car with a turbo air-cooled flat-six, an all-independent suspension, a handsome, functional interior, and a devout following of enthusiasts around the world. Oh, and by the way, it's not a Porsche.
Whatever your guess may have been, you should really dig this 1964 Corvair Monza Spyder. Despite Ralph Nader's whining, these cars have proven themselves to be not only reliable but a lot of fun to drive with a lot of personality. This one has been restored to a level that inexpensive cars rarely see-obviously someone did it for love, not money. The original code 936 Ermine paint was replaced by Tuxedo Black, which was nice change because convertible looks good in black. Even the chrome and stainless trim was beautifully restored to a brilliant shine, with the end result being a Corvair wearing a restoration worthy of a much more expensive car.
The Corvair's calling card was a lot of space in a compact body, and this convertible is not only handsome, it's practical as well. White bucket seats give it a sporty feeling that backs up its deft moves on the street, and you'll note there's no transmission tunnel taking up space between the seats. A red dash and matching carpets provide a wonderful contrast and the two-tone steering wheel is simply gorgeous. And speaking of the seats, those are new seat covers that are accurate reproductions of the originals, and if you've got a hankering for some European flavor, check out the handsome gauge, including a rare factory tachometer, along with a Corvair-only cylinder head temperature gauge. The original AM radio remains fully functional and you know we're digging the 4-speed gearbox with cue ball knob. Have a look up front and you'll find the spacious trunk, correctly finished with spatter paint and a small original-style mat and there's a nice-fitting white convertible top overhead.
That engine is a fully rebuilt and turbocharged 164 cubic inch flat-six that fires quickly that that characteristic Corvair sound. With 150 horsepower and lightweight bodywork, performance is impressive all around, and with that 4-speed manual transmission it's an absolutely blast to drive on a twisting country road. Forget Ralph Nader, GM engineers worked out the suspension problems, and even the guys at Car and Driver magazine found themselves grinning like idiots during their test drives. The engine bay has been accurately detailed with proper finishes and decals throughout, giving it a showroom-fresh look that's completely accurate right down to a correct generator. Underneath, the chassis is pretty original but in good order, with plenty of evidence that it has lived someplace warm all its life. The wheels carry optional wire wheelcovers as well as 175/80/13 whitewall radials that look like new.
This is a fantastic little car that's an absolute hoot to drive. Good Corvairs are becoming increasingly difficult to find today, so don't miss this chance to own this awesome little drop-top. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Manual Convertible Top
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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