1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $51,700

150hp, 164 cu. in. rear mounted six-cylinder engine, Carter YH one-barrel sidedraft carburetor with turbocharger, 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’s Car of the Year. There were so many different models that a Corvair was manufactured for every market segment.

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. Significant engineering and safety changes occurred in 1964, while the bodies and models available remained the same.

The example presented here was the subject of a thorough and correct restoration in the mid early to mid-1980s. As a testament to the quality of restoration, this Corvair proudly wears an AACA Senior National First Place badge that it was awarded in 1991. A few years later this example won first prize at a Corvair meet in Illinois. Mr. McMullen purchased this car in 1995 and in so doing retired the Corvair from its show career, electing to just enjoy it in his collection. Because the restoration is just over twenty years old, the deep red paint is showing some age although it is still quite presentable. The chrome is holding up well, as is the red interior and white convertible top. The engine compartment is clean and tidy, free of any obvious dirt, grease or grime. Many enthusiasts consider the 1964 Corvair to be the most desirable model year to own because it retains the fist series look while taking advantage of many engineering and performance improvements that evolved over the years.

Reference Number 8658

as of 4/17/2007

Car 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
VIN 40667W228743 
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