1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza SpyderSOLD
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Estimate: $20,000-$25,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$25,300 Sold

150hp, 164 cu. in. rear mounted six-cylinder engine, Carter YH one-barrel sidedraft carburetor with turbocharger, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle, front disc and finned rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108"

The Corvair concept car debuted as a fastback in 1954 and like many experimental projects at Chevrolet, was based on the Corvette. The design was an answer to the growing popularity of small, economical cars being imported and sold at an increasing rate. The first Corvairs rolled off the assembly line in late 1959 as part of the 1960 model year and it was quickly named Motor Trend Magazine ĺ s Car of the Year.

In 1962, Chevrolet introduced the 150 hp turbocharged Monza Spyder option for Monza coupes and convertibles, making the Corvair one of the first two production automobiles to come with a turbocharger as a factory option - the other was the Oldsmobile F-85 Turbo Jetfire. With several powerful engines available, Chevrolet recommended performance-oriented options including metallic brake linings and a heavy-duty suspension consisting of a front anti-roll bar, rear axle limit straps, revised spring rates and recalibrated shock absorbers. Monza Spyders featured a multi-gauge instrument cluster that included a tachometer, cylinder head temperature gauge and intake manifold pressure gauge in addition to the turbocharged high performance engine.

The 1962 Corvair Monza Spyder presented here finished in white with a black vinyl interior and a matching black soft top, was acquired by Mr. Wiseman in 2000. It is a highly original example as it is believed that, aside from a repaint and the replacement or re-plating of a few trim pieces, it is entirely original.

The odometer reads 53,365 miles, which is believed to be original given the condition of the engine bay, the interior and the underside of the Corvair. None of these areas have been restored, yet all remain free of serious blemishes or defects.

Contributing to the sporting nature of the Monza Spyder, the Corvair is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, a set of knock-off chrome wire wheels as well as front and rear accessory bumper guards.

Many enthusiasts consider the 1962 Corvair to be the most desirable model year to own because it marked the first year of the turbocharged Monza Spyder option, which was and still is by far the most sought-after of all the Corvairs.

Reference Number 15017

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder
VIN 20967M284334 
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